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Meet first-year student Aaron Murray, MSOT/S '16


Aaron Murray, MSOT/S '16, from St. Louis, MO

Why did you choose WUOT?
I was volunteering at Paraquad’s fitness center and Melissa Smith (WUOT Alumni) said I would be an amazing OT one day. So she helped me with my decision

Why did you choose the degree program you did? (MSOT, OTD, etc.)
The main reason is that I have one MS degree already and I felt getting the MSOT would be the best for me. I want to be in the field improving lives.

What brought you to OT and what do you want to do with your degree?
I was originally going to be a chiropractor, but after two semesters in chiropractic school I discovered that it wasn’t wanted to do. Also, I couldn’t see myself being successful. As an MSOT, I want to work with children in an acute setting. I feel a child that hears that they won’t be able to do certain things for the rest of their lives because of an injury would see me and know for sure that they can lead whatever life they want regardless of a disability.

What do you like best about your classmates?
I love how everyone in my class is from all over the world and still has a common goal. We may get there in different ways, but it’s still going toward the same thing.

What do you think of living in St. Louis?
I’ve lived in St. Louis my entire life and I’m ready for something different. I want to experience more diversity in my everyday life.

What story does your family frequently tell about you?

They always tell how sneaky I was when I was really little and how I’d hide from my babysitters.

Tell us about something you are involved in (or were) and how it’s changed you?

I was paralyzed in 2012 and I’ve become untrusting of people when I first meet them.

What word describes you best?

What drives you every day?

The chance to improve myself each day, in some way.

Are you working and/or volunteering in addition to taking classes? If so, where?
I work right now at Paraquad’s fitness center. I also play wheelchair rugby and basketball.

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