Graduate Student Spotlights

Julie Ryan

Occupational Therapy

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I chose to come to NYU Steinhardt to obtain my graduate degree in Occupational Therapy because of the program's reputation. I was impressed with the clinical and research experience of the professors and the director. I looked at several schools in the NYC metro area and decided that NYU provided the best opportunity for a well-rounded, rich education, and field work affiliations.
My inspiration is:
everywhere all the time - I just need to be present.
If I could change the world, I would:
who says I can't change the world?
Something I collect:
once in a lifetime experiences....
Why I went to Graduate School:
to improve myself and my ability to help others.
The best gift I've ever received:
anything hand-made - scarves, soap, jewelry
My biggest challenge is:
finding balance between work, play, and self-care.
The professor who influenced me the most:
Dr. Joe Pirone - a professor from Rockland Community College who taught an abnormal psychology course I needed as a pre-req for the NYU program
How I take my coffee:
I prefer tea.
The most adventurous thing I've ever done is:
9 day horsepack trip through the Yukon Territory.
My secret passion is:
What I do to de-stress:
swimimg, hiking, taking baths, and when all else fails there's popcorn and netflix.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Old Tappan, NJ
What are your plans after you graduate?
I'll be relocating to Austin, TX; where I will hopefully find an OT job in a mental health setting.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Alpha Chi Honor Society
Community Service and Other Activities:
I've participated in Habitat for Humanity in the Newburgh, NY area. I volunteered with Camino Seguro in Guatemala City, Guatemala for 6 weeks. I like to help out at local soup kitchens when I can and look forward to contributing more of my time to volunteer organizations upon completion of my graduate degree.