Learning and Teaching
What made you decide to enroll in RMP at UNH?
My decision to enroll in UNH’s Master’s in Therapeutic Recreation Administration program stems from my passion for working with individuals living with disabilities; and from my love of teaching and sports. Prior to coming to UNH I earned my masters in teaching with a focus on special education, and was specifically drawn to UNH because of Northeast Passage and the TREK (Therapeutic Recreation Empowering Kids) Program. I have been an avid athlete my entire life. I started out as a dancer and recreational skier, and went on to play competitive tennis in high school and college. My active lifestyle continues as I love running, cycling, Pilates, and strength training. Through my research and coursework at UNH, my hope is to further develop my skills and career to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their personal goals for growth and independence as they live and work in the greater community.
Describe your most memorable experience as a student of the RMP Department.
In my almost two semesters at UNH, and as a member of the RMP Department and community it is challenging to choose my most memorable experience as there have been so many. From being out on the lake during the second week of the fall semester with the RMP 800 seminar class, to working with undergraduates at their various lab sites in Portsmouth, all of the experiences that I have had with the RMP Department have been amazing. The RMP Department at UNH is truly a wonderful, welcoming community. Whenever I am in Hewitt Hall (home of the RMP Department), at the library, or walking through campus, I encounter faculty, administrators, fellow graduate students, and undergraduate students who always say hi and ask how I’m doing. I guess that if I had to choose my most memorable experience, it would be supervising the undergraduates – I love teaching and mentoring. It is truly a privilege to be a member of the RMP community.
What are your future career plans?
My future career plans are somewhat up in the air at this point. Once I have completed my masters in Therapeutic Recreation Administration and have my license as a recreation therapist, I would like to work with youth and young adults living with developmental disabilities in public school settings. Additionally, I am considering continuing my education and beginning my doctorate in education to eventually teach and support undergraduate students pursuing a career in therapeutic recreation.
What are some of your favorite aspects of our program.
Some of my favorite aspects of the masters program at UNH are working with both undergraduates and faculty. As I mentioned before, I have always loved teaching, and at UNH have had the honor and privilege of working with and teaching undergraduate recreation therapy students at their lab sites. Additionally, I have enjoyed working with and learning from the RMP faculty on their research. In conjunction with my coursework, I have had the pleasure of working with my advisor and develop her research study. Through this experience, I have truly learned the research process, and have seen first hand how a research study is built and takes shape.
Why would you recommend the Master's program in Recreation Therapy Administration to future students?
I would recommend UNH’s Masters program in Recreation Therapy Administration to future graduate students because it is a truly welcoming community, and well established program where there are countless opportunities to learn and develop as a therapist, educator, and researcher. The Master’s program at UNH challenges individuals to take risks, try new things, and think in exciting and different ways. UNH is a wonderful community where students will come and meet new friends and colleagues, and be introduced to different perspectives and a wealth of knowledge.
Is there any advice that you would like to give to future students?
The only advice that I would give to future graduate students is to be open to new possibilities and change. Know that when you begin your journey as a graduate student at UNH that your knowledge will be challenged, and that you will also take part in creating new knowledge and opportunities through your research. Lastly, remember to have fun, live in the moment, and to always be confident in yourself and in your abilities.