Using Leisure as an Engaging way to Help People
What made you decide to enroll in Therapeutic Recreation with RMP at UNH?
When I was a sophomore RMP PA student, I completed my practicum hours with the TREK program and Matt Frye (Northeast Passage) kept saying “You’ll be back in a handful of years as a TR student, just wait and see.” I enjoying working and helping people and wanted to get more involved in the hands on application of making a positive impact in the lives of people with a range of abilities. After graduating from the Program Administration option as an undergraduate, being a Camp Assistant for the Northeast Passage Teen Adventure Winter Camps, continued encouragement from Matt Frye, and interning at the UNH Military Youth & Family Program, I decided to continue my education through a masters degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
Describe your most memorable experience as a student of the RMP Dept.
It is quite difficult to pinpoint only one memorable experience over the past 6 years and two degrees, but here are a few highlights:
- My very first class in graduate school with Boyd Hegarty in our RMP 800 seminar class. We spent a few hours out on a boat in Portsmouth talking about leisure. This was a unique and fun experience (especially when we got stuck on a sand bar on our way back!) and a great way to welcome new and old students into the department.
- RMP BBQ’s, especially the one a few years back when there was a pickle juice chugging contest. It is certainly a privilege to be a part of this department and experience it from both sides (PA & TR). The RMP professors demonstrate a true passion for student learning and recreation.
- Working with Northeast Passage and the Teen Adventure Winter Camps was an amazing experience, and I highly recommend getting involved in this great organization. It was incredible to see the transformation and friendships that formed over a span of a single weekend with a group of dedicated, motivated, and enjoyable individuals from all over the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6-Rg5SwetI&feature=youtu.be
What are your future career plans?
I hope to become a CTRS working within Community Based Recreation Therapy. I plan on using my Recreation Therapy knowledge matched with my Program Administration expertise to work with adolescents with disabilities in an outdoor therapeutic setting. For now, I’m headed for the mountains in Crested Butte, Colorado to intern with the Adaptive Sports Center until October!
Explain some of your favorite aspects of our program.
My favorite aspects of the RMP Program are all of the amazing individuals that make up the department. The peers I met during undergrad (shout out to RMP 2012 alumni Phoebe Sturges) and the new connections I have made throughout my masters have been instrumental in making my experience with UNH RMP a great learning experience. The RMP professors have a genuine interest and truly care about student success. The hands on approach the RMP curriculum takes in student learning is one of the factors that makes this program so awesome. Being able to get out in the field and apply the lecture-based knowledge we spend hours and hours learning to real world experiences adds depth to our expertise and professionalism.
Why would you recommend this program to future students?
The RMP program is a unique department that provides many opportunities for students to work towards their career goals. I recommend this program to any student who enjoys leisure and loves to work in a hands on environment with people.
What would you want to say to future students of this program?
You will be sitting on the field outside the Whitt in your graduation gown next to hundreds of other UNH wildcats and friends you’ve made before you know it. College flies by. Enjoy each and every moment and live in the present. Get involved on campus, try something new and get out of your comfort zone.