A quick recap of my background…
When I graduated college, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I initially graduated high school hoping to become a veterinarian, then an ecologist, the an environmental scientist, then a park ranger, then a environmental educator. None of those choices panned out. I graduated with an ahem…useless degree in Sociology. Though I wouldn’t call it entirely useless, as it opened my sheltered mind to some real world issues and develop a greater sense of empathy for people of all kinds. After graduating I took several service positions in AmeriCorps working on hiking trails and doing environmental education among other projects. The experience was so much fun and amazing, but it also showed me that if you want a career in the environmental, which has always been a passionate issue of mine, first you need a science degree. I purposely left my original major, Biology, because let’s face it, I’m not very good at science and even though my grades were decent, I also got bored. Secondly, there’s not a lot of jobs or money in the environmental field.
Realizing this conundrum halfway through my first AmeriCorps position, I reverted back to an interesting career field encountered while my sister was in the hospital, occupational therapy. My grades in my undergrad were very good, I had a ~3.6 GPA, but I still needed to take some pre-req courses before I could start any program. I spent the year working another term in AmeriCorps and also taking pre-reqs including Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Physics. Other pre-reqs most often needed I fulfilled in my Sociology degree. Bringing myself back to my experience in science, I of course didn’t do as well as expected in A &P, but oh well, I did decent. The other courses were definitely easy. I also job shadowed/volunteered in 3 different areas of OT including Early Intervention, Adult Rehab, and Pediatric Outpatient. I also took the GRE which I didn’t do very well on.
After all that hard work, I applied to only one school and got in. Woohoo!