City officials speak at HealthFirst's kick-off to a three year campaign to improve the health of 14,000 living in Claremont Village in Bronx, NY October 2012. I volunteered and the breakfast and the Health Fair. I helped weigh and recruit over 100 adult residents into healthfirst comprehensive weight-loss program. Participants were excited to get free weekly classes in healthy eating and join regular fitness groups. Seeing people wanting to change and adapt healthy routines and habits was awesome.
My name is Alison Berkowitz and my goal in pursuing an degree in Occupational Therapy Assitant is to change my career. From 2004 to 2009, I worked in technology sales and customer service. However, I knew I could find more rewarding work in occupational therapy. One major factor is my own interest in physical training. Also, I have friends that were helped immensely by occupational therapists. This contributed greatly to my passion for OT.
Also, many of my close family members are professionals who specialize in helping others in both physical and mental rehabilitation. My grandfather is a psychologist and his wife was a social worker, and my brother is a doctor. They work hard to make a difference in the well-being of their clients.
I researched the field and talked to two of my cousins who are practicing OTs. I know I want to do the same. Using skills learned at CUNY Laguardia, SUNY Binghamton, and from work experience will make me an invaluable OTA at any rehabilitation setting.
I have been living in Western Queens for 7 years. Though I was raised in the suburbs and lived upstate, I also thrive well here in the city. My family did in fact arrive in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the early 1920s to seek political freedom and economic opportunity. Still, New York City is the destination for many to pursue these dreams and it's thrilling to be apart of its vibrant and energetic culture.