Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

In college after her brain injury, Kelli Gary, PhD determined her major then worked diligently and resourcefully to succeed in getting her degree.

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[Kelli Williams Gary, PhD] By the summer of 1993, I had taken the prerequisites to become an occupational therapist. I was accepted into the program, and by that time I was full time, all out, no holds barred— school was intense for 2 and a half years, but I made it through, and like I said, I let my professors know that I had brain injuries. It didn't stop me, and I didn't use it as a crutch, but they definitely had some understanding and would be patient with me in some situations when I really, really needed it. So by the summer of 1995 I had finished the program. I was the president of my student OT association class, and I graduated Cum Laude from Chicago State with a 3.4 average, and with all the skills that I needed to be an occupational therapist. I was able to pass the test the first time that I took the test to become licensed as an OT.
Posted on BrainLine May 23, 2013.

Produced by Sharon Ladin, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.