Name: Haylee Fulton
Course of Study: Occupational Therapy Assistant
Hometown: Burkburnett, Texas
What activities are you involved in on campus and why? I am the president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association for the WC Occupational Therapy Program, and I am the tutor for the OTA program. Leadership within my program’s organization is important to me because through SOTA I’m given the opportunity to be involved, help out within the community and educate others about the benefits of occupational therapy. I became a peer tutor for the same reasons. I want to help my classmates and the new class members prepare to be the excellent clinicians WC has a reputation for.
What prompted you to choose your current course of study? I chose occupational therapy because I truly enjoy helping others. I’ve seen first hand through caregiving for family members the effects of a debilitating, progressive disease and the rehabilitation process and care needed after major surgeries. I loved being involved in their recovery and found a passion for aiding others in their recovery as well. I have worked for 2.5 years at the Encompass Health in Wichita Falls as a rehabilitation tech, and, by working closely with other occupational therapists, found a career path I find immense joy in.
What are your post-WC plans? After graduation, I plan to find a job as a COTA in the Wichita Falls area. Eventually, I would like to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy through a bridge program.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not a school or studying? I spend quite a bit of time driving (around four hours total commuting to and from school), so I enjoy listening to all types of music, listening to podcasts, cooking, gardening, binging on New Girl or The Office on Netflix, or spending time with my family and friends.
What is your dream job? That’s a hard one because I am still exploring the many opportunities and setting occupational therapy is incorporated in. As of right now, I would love to travel as a COTA around the country meeting all different cultures of people and going where I am needed the most.
Who has been your greatest hero/mentor? I would have to say my greatest hero/mentor has been my mom. She has always encouraged me to pursue my passions. She has set an example for me by pursing her own passions and by her example, I know anything is possible.
What is your favorite book? It’s a tie between “The Same Kind of Different As Me” by Ron Hall and “My Stroke of Insight” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.
What has been your favorite course, so far, at WC? My favorite class so far has been Therapeutic Activities because it allows you to tie in creativity with treatments for patients. I love the challenge of creativity and it’s one of the biggest draws to occupational therapy for me personally.
How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC? Honestly, when choosing WC, affordability was not at the top of my list. Coming from a therapy setting and working with graduates from the WC Occupational Therapy Program, the quality of education, competency upon graduation and the confidence portrayed by the therapists was what made me choose WC.
How would you describe the campus life experience you’ve had at WC? The majority of my experience of campus life at WC has been at the Mineral Wells Education Center and I cannot say enough about the staff. My teachers have been fantastic and the campus is a very close-knit family. Every staff member goes above and beyond to meet the student’s needs.
How would you describe the quality of education you have received at WC? I have received a comprehensive and extensive education within each of my classes which have given me the confidence to become a great therapist after graduation. All of my teachers not only teach the material but due to many years of experience, apply the material to real situations. The program is challenging and time-consuming, but I appreciate the lengths my teachers go to prepare us to enter the profession competitively.
How has Weatherford College changed your life? Weatherford College has given me the opportunity to find a career I love, and it has prepared me with the tools to not only succeed but the ability to provide the best care possible to my future patients.
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