Childhood is a time when we learn, grow and develop the skills necessary to become functional, independent adults. For some children with developmental disabilities, though, growing up is challenging, and everyday tasks can be hard to navigate.
This is why I want to become a pediatric occupational therapist, working with children to help them gain the necessary skills for daily living through activities and treatments aimed at maximizing their potentials. The field requires sensitivity, understanding, and compassion, which are all characteristics I value tremendously. I am proud to have chosen this particular career path.
South Texas College has been the catalyst I’ve needed to get on the road to achieving that goal. I was able to get a head start on college by taking advantage of STC’s Dual Enrollment Program, where I earned 28 college hours prior to my 2007 high school graduation.
Now, two years later, I’m finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University, and I know that my time at STC adequately prepared me to take on the challenge.
Because STC is so near and dear to me, I chose to take transfer classes at the college to help me graduate early. And while most people my age enjoy their summer by relaxing at the beach, I’m busy taking a few classes at STC’s Pecan Campus to complement what I’ve already learned at TTU.
When I first made the transition from a community college to a university, it was difficult for me because I am very close to my family; moving 700 miles to Lubbock was not easy. But luckily, I inherited a will to succeed from my parents, and with their support, I have become a stronger and more independent young woman.
I plan to continue my education at TTU’s Health Science Center, pursuing my master’s in occupational therapy and one day working as a pediatric occupational therapist.
In the meantime, I am preparing for my career by volunteering at local clinics and shadowing professionals in the field as they use different methods to solve their patient’s problems.
All that I’ve experienced has led me to believe that a good work ethic and unrelenting dedication are values that will take anyone far in life. And even though I’m just a small town girl with big dreams, I’ve learned to strive for excellence in everything I do, and I hope this tenacity will help me improve the lives of children and contribute to the well-being of my community in the future.
Who was my favorite course/instructor and why? My college algebra instructor, Mrs. Gutierrez was great! Not only did she make the class very interesting, but was always available to offer help.
What advice can I offer others considering a college education? Seeking a higher education is an investment in yourself; always strive to improve your life so you have more to offer others and at the same time be self-sufficient.