Hannah considered other fields, but she knew one thing for certain: St. Kate's was the school for her. She liked St. Kate’s because of the location and because of its community connection within the healthcare field. She also recognized shared values between herself and the St. Kate’s mission.
In the end, she says she felt honored to be at the Minneapolis campus because of its great base in healthcare and legacy of serving others left by those who came before her.
Hannah has 10 years of experience as a freelance makeup artist, but felt a calling toward the health and healing field. In fact, at the age of five, Hannah had a stroke and worked with an occupational therapist during her recovery. Her brother later planted the seed that she should work in occupational therapy. Eventually, that idea came full circle when Hannah saw how the elements of rehabilitation and helping others worked toward the same goal in the OT vocation.
Her passion for the profession is evident. “Occupational therapy is focused on bringing people to their maximum functional independence through rehabilitation, but the overarching principle is that it’s based on what’s meaningful and purposeful for those people’s lives,” she explains.
During her time at St. Kate’s, Hannah had two fieldwork opportunities. She faced equally challenging and rewarding situations as a student practitioner at Regions Hospital and Minnesota Masonic Homes. “The faculty sets you up to succeed in the field,” says Hannah. “There’s no way I could have had such success at those places without the education I received here.”
One of her student projects was to create a music intervention program for patients allowing access to preferred music when they're hospitalized. Regions Hospital established a committee to carry on her project. They're developing a pilot program that will eventually spread to the entire hospital, and, maybe one day, hospitals throughout the nation.
“Be prepared to work very hard. You do have all the support you need as long as you’re applying yourself.”