By: Kirsten Snow
My time as an undergraduate is coming to an end as I graduate from the
University of Texas at Austin in December. I have had such a great experience with my sorority Chi Beta Delta in many regards such as making great friends, being involved in community activities, and for introducing me to a great friend, Sophie. One of my sisters from Chi Beta Delta, Jessica, told me of a job opening as an in-home attendant for a girl who has a genetic disorder (Mowat-Wilson syndrome). I was immediately interested since I will be attending graduate school after UT in Occupational Therapy and I knew this would be a good opportunity.
I now assist Sophie, aged twenty-one. This genetic disease affects speech, motor function, and causes seizures and gastrointestinal issues. She requires constant care and needs help with activities of daily living. As an in-home attendant, I encourage Sophie to challenge herself while I promote an environment that fosters independence. This experience has confirmed my aspiration to become an Occupational Therapist. Both her spirit and smile are contagious and helping her to live a more normal life has brought me so much joy. It is not an easy job, but it is rewarding to see how my efforts help not only Sophie, but also her family.
My sisterhood has helped me not only make a very special friend and provided me with a job, but also confirmed my career field. It has been an honor and a pleasure to be involved in Chi Beta Delta