Get to know our new intern, Isabella!
This year, The Selfhelp Home has partnered with Rush University to become an official site where OT (Occupational Therapy) students can complete their internships. We welcome Isabella! Isabella keeps our residents active with morning exercise classes and an OT group on the Skilled Nursing floor. Let’s hear more about her…
Q: How did you get interested in Occupational Therapy? Where are you studying?
A: I became interested in OT on a medical mission trip in Nicaragua my sophomore year of college. At that time, I was studying Public Health and this hands-on mission trip showed me how much I love working directly with patients to support their health and well-being. I am now currently studying at Rush University and plan to graduate this April with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
Q: What is your focus here at Selfhelp?
A: My focus at The Selfhelp Home is on group programming and promoting social participation among residents.
Q: In what kind of setting do you hope to work once you graduate?
A: After graduation, I hope to work in a setting similar to The Selfhelp Home where I can provide occupational therapy services to older adults.
Q: Where are you from and where do you live now?
A: I grew up in Chicago my whole life in a neighborhood on the Southside called Beverly. I have now become a Northsider and live in Lincoln Park with my best friend as a roommate.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love to stay active, attend group exercise class, go for walks around Lincoln Park and spend time with my friends and family.
Q: What is your favorite book and/or movie?
A: Currently, my favorite movie is Top Gun: Maverick, although I love the first Top Gun as well!
Q: What is a pet peeve you have?
A: Loud chewing!