What first got you interested in your field of choice?

Growing up with a brother with autism has greatly impacted my desire to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Supporting his everyday needs in activities of daily living and learning how he perceives the world as an individual has been a very rewarding experience. My upbringing, as well as my interest in cognitive psychology, continues to deepen my passion for serving others in this field.

What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?

The biggest obstacle I have had to overcome was my tendency to withhold my ideas and questions as a result of self-doubt. As good as I thought my idea was, I was afraid to be wrong. During my undergraduate experience, I was always hesitant and anxious to ask my professors questions or give presentations to the class. On the route to pursuing my graduate degree, I knew I wanted to elevate my professional and academic abilities to the next level. Due to the smaller community and values KGI holds, I have had the opportunity to grow comfortable with collaborating with my peers and professors. The culture here at KGI has encouraged me to become more confident in myself and step outside of my comfort zone.

How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?

I knew KGI was the right school for me because every interaction I have had with staff and faculty, from the beginning of my interview process up until now, has been wholesome, professional, and supportive. I truly believe that KGI cares about their students as individuals. Additionally, KGI’s OTD curriculum integrates fieldwork experiences throughout the duration of their program. I feel that these early and real-world application opportunities will better prepare me for my future clinical practice.

Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?

I became an Admissions Ambassador because I want to share my experiences with students and encourage them as they transition into graduate school. It can be overwhelming and stressful to balance life and school, so I want to play a role in guiding others to the resources they need and instilling hope amidst the rigors of their program.

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I love the ocean! Marine biology is something that really fascinates me. During the COVID-19 quarantine, I set up a saltwater aquarium to learn more about the intricacies of marine life. One day I hope to go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.