Chloe Philion '18

Occupational Therapy

When people hear that someone is a St. Kate’s graduate, they know that they are one of the best—especially at occupational therapy.

Interview by Katie Molnau ’17

Hometown

Woodbury, MN

Why St. Kate's?

Chloe chose St. Kate’s because of its positive and small-knit community, and focus on engagement. “It’s more than just numbers or grades here; faculty and staff really stress your experience over anything else.”

Her excitement grew after attending the installation ceremony of St. Kate’s 11th president in October 2016. “The inauguration got me really excited to be a student here. The president’s vision for St. Kate’s was a great way to be introduced to this University.”

Deciding on an Area of Study

A good friend from her undergrad years sparked her interest in pursuing cccupational therapy (OT). "She said, 'You really care about your relationships with people — a trait that’s important in this profession.'"

Building Experience

Chloe is vice president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) and works part-time at Gillette Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, where she assists occupational and physical therapists “in their rehab gym by preparing for different therapy sessions and organizing all the activities that they do there.”

She also developed skills in compassion and nurturing as a counselor at Camp Knutson the past three summers. (The camp was founded by a Katie!)

Today

“The more I get to know OT, the more I realized it is really focused on possibility for clients. And this is how I viewed the world: things are possible and I can be a part of that possibility for someone.”