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Personal Statement : The Occupational Therapy Program

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As a 17 yrs single mother, whom almost did not graduated high school, I thought my life would be extremely different from my current circumstance. Let me start by telling you a little about myself, my past and current ambitions. I always wanted a career that would allow me to help people. However, after the birth of my daughter on September 7,2001, I dropped out of high school and was working full time as a waitress within 2 months, to support her. In 2002 I went back to night school and graduated only 1 yr later, due to my dual enrollment in community college as well as night school. My accomplishment with High School, encouraged me to move forward with education unfortunately, I was unable to afford it and unable to qualify for the financial aid I required for the Occupational therapy program. Working as a waitress seemed to be my future, until I found Everest Institute. Upon being awarded financial aid I completed my Massage therapy diploma, in May of 2009. This was defiantly the closest I could get to OT, and that was good enough for me. In June of 2009, I cut the ex-tensor tendon in my right thumb. I would be in a cast for a minimum of 8 weeks, after the surgery to re-attach the tendon. Then came physical therapy, for months and no massaging for at least a year. At this is the point I applied to EMU, went into career services to speak with an adviser about their Occupational Therapy program, and here I discovered Therapeutic Recreation. Before I found Therapeutic Recreation, I dreamed I would be an Occupational Therapist. If I’m honest with myself, even partially through my degree I wanted to continue onto my Masters of Occupational therapy. At this point I participated in my mandatory 600-hour internship. I had the fortun... ... middle of paper ... ...or Therapeutic Recreation at my future facility, give a struggling therapist a chance, or bring new knowledge and programming wherever I go. I also want to be in a better position to speak with my professional peers and the medical insurance companies about billing, licensure, and special certifications. All of these issues are contributing to Therapeutic Recreation not being recognized as a legitimate therapy, regardless of location or medical setting. In conclusion, these are just a few of the reasons I want to further my education, in the medical field. With this degree I can help the clients I deeply care for, help my profession, my peers, current students and future students. These are my goals, and I am truly driven to achieve them. I have overcome, much in my life and I definitely feel I am capable of meeting this challenge, all I need is the chance to do so.
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