Change Lives Through Occupational Therapy

Scholarship Entrant: Sarah from Henely, Missouri
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to work in the health care industry. I had always wanted to become a nurse. That’s what my mother had always been, and boy, was she good at it. Watching her change people’s lives made me want to follow in her footsteps. After I started working, I worked in restaurants. After I learned what kind of messes people were capable of, nursing did not seem that appealing to me anymore. I began to research other more desirable health care jobs. After researching, the one job that stood out to me was an occupational therapist. Many people know what physical therapy is, but are not sure about occupational therapy. The two fields are very similar, however, occupational therapists work with people who are not necessarily going to get better. They help people with disabilities adapt to their situations. They teach them to use equipment to better their lives, help them arrange their living situations to a more suitable environment, and help them to overcome other obstacles in their situations. This is my dream job. I know I could change people’s lives working in this field. It may not be the cure to cancer, but to me, changing people’s lives one at a time leaves almost as good of an impression on the world. I am in the Pre-Occupational therapy program at Mizzou and I am doing my best in my classes in order to get accepted into the occupational therapy program here.

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