I am a sophomore studying therapeutic recreation at Temple University. When I first started at Temple I was unsure on the career path that I would take. During a visit to a career fair I was introduced to the therapeutic recreation major and knew that was the career for me. In high school I was in a program called athletes helping athletes where I would go to sporting events with children that have developmental disabilities. I loved spending time with the kids and was able to build a strong relationship with them. Seeing the excitement in there faces every time they hit the ball or scored a goal brought me tremendous joy. Once i declared my major in therapeutic recreation I knew it was doing something that I am passionate for.
Professionally, I hope to work with adolescents with developmental disorders. I believe that therapeutic recreation can improve a persons health along with there social skills. Getting involved in leisure activities will help get individuals involved in the community and will increase self esteem. It is important that every individual is able to maintain a healthy life style along with creating friendships. My dream job is to work with adolescents in a inpatient treatment facility with both cognitive and physical disabilities.
With my experiences in working with individuals with both physical and cognitive disabilities I know I can succeed in Therapeutic Recreation. Coaching a soccer team for 6 year old boys I was able to think of creative drills that would keep them engaged for the hour that we practiced. After volunteering at special olympics for five years I learned what stretches must be down before each event. I was able to improvise if an event was canceled or to full and the individual I was with could not participate. Being in this profession I know you need to have pataince and creativity these are two qualities that I have.To me, Therapeutic Recreation is a means of improving an individuals overall quality of life. It is important for individuals with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional disabilities to feel fully satisfied with their quality of life, and this can be accomplished through various forms of recreation.