I started my job with Graduate Faculty Ministries nearly two years ago. While my supervisory role takes me all over the four-state region, I always have my eyes and ears open to my own backyard of Omaha, Nebraska. Back then, Kathy Padilla, a faculty member in the Spanish department at Creighton, introduced me to a new graduate student in Occupational Therapy (OT) whom she was very encouraged with. Caroline Silva had been in InterVarsity at UNO during her undergrad years, and right away wanted to get something started in her department in grad school. In OT, you have a very short window of opportunity for building community. OT1s turn into OT2s at the blink of an eye. OT3s totally evaporate from campus the last year of their program. If something is going to outlive your efforts as a student leader, the baton has to get handed off quickly.
The blog-post I began the school year with is proof that things can get handed off quickly. But not without some help from more permanent players in the mix. That’s where Kathy and Emily entered the picture. Caroline led the OT GFM group till her OT3 year when she handed it off to Emily Carothers. Emily built on last year’s experience by adding a bible study group that met on campus. Caroline has been away this past year doing her rotations while the group has continued.
It was a special joy to see Caroline and few other OT3s come back to do their Capstone presentations. There were over a hundred graduating OTDs (Occupational Therapy Doctorate) at the event presenting intricate Capstone projects like Regan’s: Interprofessional Approach for Treating Complex Developmental Trauma in Adolescents. When you look at our mission and four commitments through this lens it’s exciting to think of the impact these professionals stand to make in their emerging careers!
The next few months for these graduates continue to scream by. Graduation, moving, new job, new community, passing their board exam. One student I know is actually getting married the weekend after graduation! As you think of these graduating-graduates pray for them in midst of this tumultuous season of life.
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