Rachel Polcyn Class of 2015
Rachel Polcyn appreciates the potential occupational therapy offers. She first discovered the field when she was working at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin.
One of her students, an 18-year-old boy, wanted to wear “cool kicks” like his friends, but he couldn’t tie his shoes due to fine motor and spatial deficits. He didn’t want to be restricted to slip-ons, Velcro or reliance on others. The student talked to his occupational therapist. Together, they worked on a plan to help him learn to tie his shoes, based on his unique needs.
Day-to-day tasks in life mean so much, Polcyn said, and the ability to help people gain or regain functionality drew her to OT. She can help others increase their independence with her clinical skills and creativity. The challenge to find ways to do tasks in daily life means Polcyn is never bored.
“I like getting to know people and understanding: ‘What's important to you? What do you need to do and how can my skills help you?' OTs help people live life the way they want to live life.”