Journey - Eman Harake - Down syndrome
I have always had a desire to be a change to other people. Success to me has been subjective not objective. My journey into pursuing occupational therapy, to me is like a revelation. It came at the right time and the right place. From that moment, i see my future as an occupational therapist.
It was just another typical weeknight at my in-laws as everyone discussed the day over dinner. After dinner was over, and the table cleared, everyone sat back to relax. I joined my mother in law in the backyard for what I thought is a regular cup of tea. Little did I know that that cup of tea was going to be a turning point for my life. It was at that moment that I realized Occupational Therapy was the right career for me. It is a moment I will hold forever.
By getting married to my husband, I was fortunate to have a new family. One member of my new family, Eman Harake was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Eman Harake has come to be the biggest blessing of my life. She has inspired me in numerous ways that she will never know. I can never thank her enough for the great inspiration she has been. She is such a strong and bright woman with the ability to love unconditionally.
Through Eman, I have learned a lot about Down syndrome and its effect, not only to the individual's life but also the life of the family. People with Down syndrome are usually prone to physical growth delays, lower muscle tone, and mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Simple activities such as being able to drink out of a straw can be challenging to learn for people living with Down syndrome. It surprised me that something that looks so simple required time and effort to master.
[...] Why did I choose Occupational therapy? First I loved the personal contact that one has to have with the patients and importantly help solve their needs and help discover their talents and then assist them through what to them looks challenging in life. Inspired by Eman and what her therapist had done, I realized that disabled children cannot live to the fullest if they do not know their talents and abilities. As much as they are disabled, there is a hidden power inside these children that need to be discovered; it is this inner strength that differentiates us and gives us power to reach our goals in life. [...]
[...] My mother-in-law informed me that Eman's Occupational Therapist played a tremendous role in helping Eman be as advanced as she is today. It was at that moment that I realized occupational therapy was the career for me. An urge grew in me; I wanted to what Eman's Occupational Therapist did to other people. I wanted to change lives of disabled children by improving their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication and even playing skills. I wanted to be the person who will provide tools that will help disabled children live a normal. [...]
[...] I consider myself as strong minded and I have an intense devotion to pursue this course and all the responsibilities that come with a career. I strongly believe that my academic qualification prove my academic abilities and my life experience with Eman will make me an ideal applicant for the course. I promise to do my best in my studies and gain the skills that will help bring change to disabled children and help them see the power in them. [...]
[...] By interacting with Eman every day, the desire to pursue Occupational Therapy grew. Through thorough research, I realized that it was a long journey ahead of me, but I was not going to let that discourage me. I knew that completing all the different prerequisites was going to be a challenge especially because I had to work full time. Throughout my life, I have always worked hard to strike a balance between major aspects of my life, my family, my studies and also recreation. [...]
[...] Personal Statement: Sample report Personal Statement I have always had a desire to be a change to other people. Success to me has been subjective not objective. My journey into pursuing occupational therapy, to me is like a revelation. It came at the right time and the right place. From that moment, i see my future as an occupational therapist. It was just another typical weeknight at my in-laws as everyone discussed the day over dinner. After dinner was over, and the table cleared, everyone sat back to relax. [...]
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