As an occupational therapy student, Camille Crayton hopes to one day help cultivate the lives of children and restore health, wellbeing, self-esteem and independence for children and families affected by various disabilities.
Prior to starting college, I had no idea what career path I wanted to take. I knew I wanted to be in a profession that was based on helping people, however, I was still unclear about what specific area to explore. My mother, who is a nurse, suggested occupational therapy and initially I had no idea what it was. Upon researching, speaking to her colleagues and ruling out other public health professions, I began to form a passion for the discipline. It seemed to be the best fit for my interests and the most suitable for my personal qualities.
The University at Buffalo stuck out as the best school that would lead me to my best future both academically and financially. After speaking to advisers at UB, I took a leap of faith and applied with the assurance that this would be a place that would foster my desire for higher education in a public health profession.
From the time that I have been a student here, the course work has been largely science-based. Classes like physics, anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience have proven to be a challenge however I have grown to appreciate the value they place as the foundation for interventions and theories that occupational therapists use today. I am looking forward to learning more about the occupational therapy intervention in my future classes.
Some of my favorite courses include, gross anatomy, functional anatomy and development across the life-span. The professors do an outstanding job at making the lecture material understandable, but also present us with appropriate challenges that forces us outside of our comfort zone in order to cultivate professionalism, discipline and critical thinking.
I have genuinely enjoyed learning new material and applying it to an occupational context. Additionally, this program has afforded me the opportunity to form friend groups that have been very supportive and essential to my success.
After I graduate from UB, I would love to work with children. My passion lies in my potential to cultivate the lives of children by restoring health, wellbeing, self-esteem, and independence for children and families affected by a multitude of disabilities.