While Occupational Therapy is a second career path for myself, my professional career has been driven by a desire to help others live their lives to the fullest while maintaining mental, emotional, and physical wellness. Prior to pursing a career in occupational therapy, I worked as a case manager for adolescents (age 18-21) aging out of the foster care system in New York State. These individuals were often raised in a group home environment, with very little external supports and decreased awareness of community resources, independent living skills, and basic self-care skills. Through working to provide these adolescents with the required skills to support successful independent living, the adolescents were able to secure and maintain their own apartment, obtain employment, and integrate into their community. Following my time working with adolescents aging out of foster care, I began working with children and families at risk of foster care placements due to a variety of challenges (abuse, neglect, educational neglect, mental health needs unmet, substance use/abuse, etc.). Through providing intensive in home services, these families were often times able to utilize supports provided, complete required NYS court orders, and take steps towards rebuilding a healthy family dynamic with supports in place to facilitate such. The strong desire to help others develop skills needed to be successful in their everyday lives is what led me to the field of occupational therapy. Beginning in 2016, I began pursuing a graduate level degree in Occupational Therapy, completing my degree in 2020 with minor delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Level II Fieldwork experiences were completed in South Carolina with Tidelands Health at their outpatient neurological clinic and outpatient pediatric clinic. During this time, I strengthened my skills as an entry level occupational therapist with the support of my clinical instructors. I was able to develop, implement, and document intervention activities, patient response to intervention, and progress towards patient goals which supported overall development of clinical reasoning and documentation skills. I look forward to continuing this journey of helping those around me to live their best life through providing them with the skills and tools necessary to do so and am excited for what the next steps in my journey include!