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Q&A with Lauren Ober ’23 (OTD)

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Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Lauren Ober, a first-generation graduate who will receive an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) at the end of this semester!

Why did you choose to study Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Seeing the impact that rehab had on my grandma’s life after she had a stroke made me want to explore therapy as a career. I attribute her being able to live alone at 98 years old to rehab and her drive to be active in life. I love how occupational therapy is necessary in so many different settings. You are meeting people where they are and helping them to achieve goals that are meaningful to them! 

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

I chose UIndy because I knew their OT programs were phenomenal and UIndy has had a long-standing good reputation in the community. The interview day at UIndy really sold me. I felt like the professors wanted to get to know the students, there were a lot of clinical opportunities, and I loved the fact that UIndy has a Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity chapter. 

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

Dr. Lori Breeden, Associate Professor of OT, is my research advisor. Lori has the best life advice and will always stick up for her students. She is someone you can trust and go to whenever you have a situation. She genuinely cares for her students and I am honored to be in her research group. 

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

I am so happy to have found my people at UIndy. I don’t think I have ever had as strong of a friend group as the one I have formed here. I am so thankful to have met these beautiful humans and I hope we stay friends forever!

What are your plans after graduation? 

I am open to working in many different settings. I would definitely like to be an OT who can say she has tried everything! 

How did your degree program prepare you for your next steps?

UIndy has prepared me since day one. The School of Occupational Therapy helps their students succeed by structuring their exams similar to the board exam, offering a wide range of clinical experiences, and taking the time to practice interviewing. 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Make connections with your cohort and faculty! Your time at UIndy will fly by so fast and before you know it, you are graduating. The connections you make can last a lifetime!