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Meet first-year student Brent Walter, OTD/S '17

10/23/2014

Brent Walter, OTD/S '17, from Carey, IL

Why did you choose WUOT?
I chose WUOT because it is an awesome, historical program that leads the field of OT.

What brought you to OT and what do you want to do with your degree?
I pursued OT because I wanted a field that was rewarding. Through my volunteer work, I started working a lot with people who have physical disabilities and this led me to start researching OT. I am really excited to have the opportunity to get people back to doing the things they love. Eventually, I want to work in a hospital or a rehab clinic with a variety of populations.

What do you think of living in St. Louis?
St. Louis is great because you get the conveniences of living in a metropolitan city without all the crazy Chicago traffic. There is plenty of stuff to do on the weekend between concerts, restaurants, bars and festivals.

What story does your family frequently tell about you?

All of the most popular ones are far too embarrassing to share here, but we often talk about the time I was learning to ride my bike and crashed into a thorn bush. I still have a light scar on my left cheek. It is really close to my eye, so I was lucky to not have cut that.

Tell us about something you are involved in (or were) and how it’s changed you?
In undergrad, I was involved with a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. We did weekly volunteer projects, attended and organized leadership events, and held social meetings. It made me a well-rounded person and brought me out of my shell.

What is something you learned in the last week?
How to transfer someone from a wheelchair.

What word describes you best?
Caring.

What drives you every day?
The fact that all my studying will allow me to one day help people get better. And coffee, lots of coffee.
 

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