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Meet first-year student Chris Enke, MSOT/S '16


Chris Enke, MSOT/S '16, from Omaha, NE

Why did you choose WUOT?
I chose WUOT for its long-standing reputation among the top occupational therapy programs in the nation, the distinguished faculty, and the research-oriented education.

Why did you choose the degree program you did? (MSOT, OTD, etc.)
I applied as a MSOT student knowing I had the option to apply into the OTD program during my first year. I was unsure which pathway I wanted to take, so this option was a significant factor in choosing WUOT.

What brought you to OT and what do you want to do with your degree?
I decided that OT was right for me because OT allows me to use compassion and problem-solving skills to make a difference in others' lives. It is a constantly evolving profession that will always keep me on the forefront of health care. At this moment, I am not exactly sure what area of OT I would like to pursue. Some areas of interest are upper-extremity rehab, work-related rehab, and hippotherapy.

What do you like best about your classmates?
I really like how kind and down to earth all of my classmates are. I am surrounded by some of the best people I have ever met.

What do you think of living in St. Louis?
Living in St. Louis has been a lot of fun! The Central West End is so neat and I'm in walking distance from so many great bars, restaurants, shops, etc. There are always different events/activities/festivals going on, many of which are for free or little cost.

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

I spent over a year volunteering for a hippotherapy and therapeutic riding organization called HETRA. During this time, I met some incredible OTs and was able to see the wonders of equine-assisted therapy. I have become much more open-minded and learned that therapy can and should be fun.

What is something you learned in the last week?
This week I learned how to play a game called Beep Baseball. It is a modified version of baseball for people with blindness or visual impairments. I highly recommend giving it a shot!

What drives you every day?
What drives me every day is that I have finally reached the point in my education where everything I learn is relevant to my career choice. The harder I work and the more I learn now, the better I can help others in the future as an OT.

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