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Keanna M. Morales

This is a photo of Keanna Morales. Keanna is wearing a maroon long sleeve shirt with yellow dots. Keanna is smiling at the camera.

Leaving my hometown of Hopewell Junction, NY, I started my journey at Ithaca College as an exploratory student. Even though I was discovering my major, my goal has been to work in the healthcare profession. I want to help people strive for better health, which is why I went abroad the summer of 2017. On this trip, I discovered the way I want to practice, the way treatment can be personalized, and the way healthcare and creativity can intertwine—I discovered occupational therapy.

After being accepted into the occupational therapy program, I embraced the many opportunities available to me to grow professionally and personally. I have participated in both the adult and pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinics, in a stroke support group, and conducted research on the infant use of powered mobility.  These experiences have allowed me to apply material learned in the classroom to real-life situations; they enhanced my learning, making it more personal and memorable. I am grateful to have worked with and learn from our remarkable professors and my incredible classmates over the years. They have guided me to where I am today and helped me build a solid foundation to be successful in my journey beyond Ithaca College.

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights

  • Dean’s List
  • ALANA Superior Gold Senior Award
  • ALANA Superior Silver Junior Award
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society
  • Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society
  • Technical Assistant, Peer Leader and Mentorship Course
  • James J. Whalen Academic Symposium presentation (2017), poster (2019)
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Puppy Raiser
  • Healthcare and Culture Trip: An International Field Experience to Ecuador
  • Peer Success Coach