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Student Spotlight of the Week

October 05, 2020  / Tags: Occupational therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Student Spotlight


This week, our Student Spotlight goes to Second Year Occupational Therapy students, Abigail Eischen. Abigail was born in Nashville, TN and moved to Illinois in the first grade where she lived until she began her undergrad here at FGCU. Abigail states that she discovered the profession of Occupational Therapists "by accident". She was originally a Marine Biology major and knew it was the wrong career choice for her within the first week. She was in the Honors Animal History class where she read a book that talk about Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). It initially piqued her interest and she did some research and volunteer hours that led her discover OT. After her first shadowing experience, Abigail states that she cried on her way home in the care because she had no doubt that this was the career path she was meant to follow. In the beginning of her OT program she only wanted to work in pediatrics, but now she is open to anything with her top favorite settings being adult ortho/neuro therapy or travel therapy. When it comes to hobbies, Abigail likes to do almost anything, except golf. Her top favorites are cooking, reading by the pool, game nights with friends, and taking naps with her cats Nala and Vader. An interesting fact about Abigail is that she is an adrenaline junkie who is extremely afraid of haunted houses. Her adrenaline seeking has led her to try skydiving, ziplining, and white-water rafting. Her next adventure will hopefully be bungee jumping in the Grand Canyon, just do not ask her to go to Fright Night!

Occupational Therapy Student Abigail EischenOccupational Therapy Students