As an occupational therapist, Akol plans to make a difference in the lives of underserved populations in both the U.S. and his home country of Sudan. He is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy Western Michigan University, and is expected to graduate in April 2014.
One of his goals is to help people live “meaningful, healthy, and productive lives, particularly those individuals with physical and mental impairments.
Jessica has known since high school that she wanted to be an occupational therapist. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, and is expected to graduate in December 2013.
Jessica is involved with various extracurricular activities such as being a student member of the 90th Anniversary Planning Committee and Student Academic Integrity Committee, both at Western Michigan University.
Brooke is pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, and is expected to graduate in December 2013. Brooke has volunteered at Croyden Avenue School worklng with children who have mental and physical impairments.
Miriam is pursuing a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Hope College, and is expected to graduate in December 2015. She has volunteered as a tutor for Latin American United for Progress (LAUP) GED program. She is activley involved in Ready for Life as a mentor to students with disabilities.
Yarizel is pursuing a master's degreee in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University, and expected to graduate in June 2014. She is a past president of the Latino Student Alliance and volunteers with the Family Health Center Project to advocate for occupational therapy services in underserved Kalamazoo areas.
Linda is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Western Michigan University, and is expected to graduate in December 2013. She volunteers at Pine Grove Learning Center with physically dependent students, and is a former sensory room volunteer at Palmar Elementary. She plans to use her personal experiences and resources to give back to the community as an occupational therapist.
Corey is pursuing a master's degree in occupation therapy at Western Michigan University, and is expected to graduate in May 2016. He has volunteered at Heartland Crestview and Bronson Hospital, and was a coach and mentor to Special Olympics athletes in 2012.
Jorge is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Grand Valley State University, and is expected to graduate in December 2014. He volunteers at Clinica Santa Maria assisting the hispanic community, and has participated in two mission trips to Mexico to help underpriviledged families.
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