What drew you to CPERL? How does CPERL align with your professional vision?
CPERL strives to make a difference in the lives of children. The lives and actions of the youth of the world are what determines our future. This alone was enough for me to apply to join the CPERL team this summer. CPERL strives to make this difference when working with families of children with disabilities. As an undergrad student on a Pre-Medical Studies track, it’s important to find research opportunities that enhance our chosen career trajectory. My career goal is to become a pediatric surgeon. The research and practice of rehabilitation is just as essential to the research and practice of surgery.
What do you work on in CPERL?
During my summer internship, I will be involved in the production of short videos to guide parents in designing initial care plans to support their child’s participation in daily activities. Additionally, I will have a specific focus on learning about the need for participation-focused intervention for children and youth with craniofacial microsomia. This population typically receives multiple surgical interventions and recently has been shown to have unmet participation need. Aside from this, I’ll be assisting with ongoing projects and helping with lab management.
What are your favorite ways to occupy yourself, and what does it mean for you to participate in these activities?
My favorite hobbies include: playing basketball, reading, exercising, spending time with my family and friends and strolling with my fraternity brothers. Participating in these activities gives me reason to keep pushing no matter what it is I am trying to accomplish.