I aspire to become an Occupational Therapist specializing in
working with children in at-risk populations. My upbringing and the resiliency of my younger sister have largely inspired me to earn a graduate degree in order to accomplish my career goals.
1 Independently moved to Chicago from rural Michigan to pursue higher education.
2 Inspired to study occupational therapy by younger sister who suffered traumatic injury.
3 Restorative justice student advocate in the Chicago public school system.
4 Goal is to earn a graduate degree in occupational therapy and work with at-risk children.
When I was twelve years old, my youngest sister and other family members were involved in a deadly head-on collision with a drunk driver. My youngest sister will never have the same life she would have had if not involved in that accident. I aspire to become an occupational therapist specializing in working with children in at-risk populations.
Growing up in a lower middle class farming community in Northern Michigan, the closest that I came to cultural experiences were the pictures I looked at and the stories I read at the local public library. No one in my family had ever gone to college before, but I knew that my lust for learning had to be satisfied. I believe that education is one of the most important investments young people can make in their futures.
- roosevelt university
- occupational therapy
As an RA I support the mission of Residence Life to provide a safe environment, rich in diversity and social and educational programs, where students can challenge themselves, strive for academic success, build healthy relationships and make a contribution to society. I provide students with strategies for transition, engagement, learning, and ethical decision-making. I am assisting students individually and as a community. My primary role is to facilitate the creation of a positive residence hall environment, which supports students’ academic and personal success. As an RA I have created and executed many social, educational, community service, and social justice inspired programs in my community.
As a program director at the park I was responsible for creating and organizing daily and themed weekend activities, crafts, and games. In addition I then executed the activities with 1-100+ children, teens, and adults. As a team leader I trained and directed fellow staff members. I was also responsible for the check in of guests, store operation, reservation service, and customer service.
As a desk attendant for the Residence Life Office I was responsible for assisting with the execution of Residence Life programs and events, as well as mediating student and parent concerns pertaining to residence life. I was also tasked with creating Residence Life program flyers, and organizing and filing paperwork.
As a programming assistant for the Federal TRiO Programs I monitored the use of an on campus computer lab, and cleaned and cared for computer equipment. I also created program publications and flyers, in addition to managing a textbook lending program. I also assisted with Student Support Services event planning, served as a program representative and ambassador among the university community.