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Meet first-year student Eddie Diemer, MSOT/S '16

10/20/2014

Eddie Diemer, MSOT/S '16, from Cedar Falls, IA

Why did you choose WUOT?
I chose Washington University because of its academic excellence and the research opportunities that I will have the ability to be a part of.

Why did you choose the degree program you did? (MSOT, OTD, etc.)

I decided to enter the MSOT program because I want to get out in the field and practice as soon as I can.

What brought you to OT and what do you want to do with your degree?
My grandmother was a paraplegic and as a child I went to many of her appointments with her. The appointments that I always enjoyed the most were the OT sessions. From a young age I witnessed the positive impact OT can have on a person’s life. Years later I entered undergrad I realized that OT was a field I could pursue with my psychology degree. After job shadowing an OT I knew this was the field I wanted to work in.

What do you like best about your classmates?
The thing I enjoy most about my classmates is that we all share the same passion. While we all have different backgrounds and views of the world, we all have an interest in OT that provides a commonality to form bonds over.

What do you think of living in St. Louis?
I really enjoy living in St. Louis thus far. There is always something to do and you will never run out of new experiences to try!

What story does your family frequently tell about you?
My family enjoys telling the story of my role in winning a state basketball championship in high school. As a sophomore, I made two free-throws with under a minute left that put us up four points, making it a two possession game. I had a great game and was the second leading scorer while helping our school earn its first state championship.

Tell us about something you are involved in (or were) and how it’s changed you?
Basketball has always been a big part of my life. It has helped me learn many skills that have positively impacted many areas of my life. Basketball has helped me to become a better team member, leader, communicator, and it has taught me to stay dedicated and fight through adversity.

What is something you learned in the last week?
Last week we learned how to properly transfer persons with disability out of wheelchairs. While I used to do this with my grandmother, I had never been formally instructed on the proper mechanics.

What drives you every day?
My friends and family members drive me to succeed on a daily basis. They are the people that mean the most to me and I know I would not be where I am today without them.

Are you working and/or volunteering in addition to taking classes? If so, where?

I am currently a waiter at Texas Roadhouse in St. Charles, Mo. I have been with the company for over six years! In addition to work, I will be a volunteer basketball coach at a local middle school this winter. I am really looking forward to the experience!

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