My name is Justine Carey and I am a Therapeutic Recreation Alumni from IC. I grew up in a small town just outside of Albany, NY. I enjoy horseback riding, hiking, swimming, reading, drawing and spending time with my friends and family.
From a young age I have wanted to combine my love of animals with my passion for helping people. As I got older I discovered Animal-assisted Therapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding. Through my research I learned that animal-assisted therapy is only one of the many modalities utilized in the field of therapeutic recreation to help people increase their overall quality of life. In addition to animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic recreation also focuses on art, music, dance, and other recreation and leisure activities to plan purposeful interventions that will help each participant reach their individualized goals regarding physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. After this discovery, I knew Therapeutic Recreation was the perfect path for me.
My decision to attend Ithaca College was not a difficult one to make. After my first time visiting campus I knew I belonged here. The campus was the perfect size and of course the views are incredible. However, the reason I was most drawn to Ithaca was not because of the “gorges” views, or the size of the campus, but rather the immediate sense of belonging I felt when I met with the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies faculty. They were incredibly kind and helpful, going out of their way to ensure that each and every student in the room felt comfortable and welcomed. To this day, over three years later, I still feel that same sense of comfort and belonging in every class and interaction with my professors.
As I continue in my senior year I am incredibly thankful for the hands-on/ experiential learning styles of my classes. I feel very confident and prepared as I begin applying for internships because of the immense amount of opportunities I have had to push myself, learn the materials, then apply and practice what I have learned. I know I am ready to graduate and enter the workforce as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
If you would like more information about IC, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, classes, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.