Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Graduation 2011: Meghan Hume, Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation

Meghan Hume, Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
Class of 2011 and Valedictorian
Recreation Therapist at Surrey Memorial Hospital

In the future:
Continue to challenge myself in the workplace and be a leader in the field of therapeutic recreation

Role models:
My mom and dad are my role models. My mom has been my inspiration for choosing a rewarding career that aims to support and help individuals in times of need. She truly motivates me to embrace life long learning as she continues to challenge herself with new educational opportunities. My dad has a heart of gold and remained dedicated to his passion for 30 years. He is retired now and still is working on projects he started and challenges himself to see them through. Together they have taught me balance, reminded me to not “sweat the small stuff” and to always follow my dreams.

If I could talk to my 17-year-old self, I'd say
Slow down and enjoy the ride!! There is so much fun to be had, interesting lessons that you have to learn and not everything has to be planned!!

It's more than just a job
I chose therapeutic recreation because it is a career that offers so much opportunity and great rewards. I love working with people and supporting them in their journey to an enhanced quality of life. There are so many rewards for me in this field no matter the population we are working with. Whether it's teaching someone a new skill, adapting equipment so they can continue to do what they love, helping people learn to cope and most importantly, bringing fun and laughter back into someone’s life is the ultimate reward for me.

Why choose Douglas?
The small class sizes really appeal to me because you are able to get to know your instructors and peers. For me it is an ideal learning environment. Also a bonus that tuition is less expensive!

College was great for . . .
Building relationships. I have met some amazing people in my program. They inspire me and I have made some very good life long friends and future colleagues.

I can't choose just one
All of my professors within the Therapeutic Recreation Department offered their own unique instructing style. They all had their passions and it was inspiring to see those passions shine through them. Each one taught me something that has stuck…. Each has given me the opportunity to enhance my skills and I am very thankful to them all.

Looking forward
I am so excited for the next chapter…. Thank you Douglas for getting me to here, I will think of you fondly, but I am ready to move forward!