When deciding which University to attend for a doctorate in occupational therapy, Beth Ann Young looked very closely at what each school wanted for their students, how they fostered a positive academic environment and what support systems they had available for their students. After careful review, Washington University in St. Louis stood out from the others as the perfect institution for her to continue her education path. Knowing graduate school would be hard work, Young felt like the faculty and staff at WashU not only cared about her as a person but also cared about her education and success post-graduation. It was a difficult decision for her to move far from home, but Beth Ann now knows it was the best decision for her to make.
Outside of the occupational therapy program, Young joined the marketing and communications office for the Division of Student Affairs as a graduate assistant. Beth Ann loves working with the team because of the fun and positive atmosphere and the chance to connect with the staff on a deeper level. Being further from home, making connections with staff members in the Division of Student Affairs has made the transition easier for her.
After graduation, Young’s excited to look into all the different fields that occupational therapy has to offer. She currently is most interested in becoming a certified hand therapist or a pediatric occupational therapist and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.