Q+A

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HOW HAS IT BEEN HAV­ING MORE FREE­DOM AF­TER YOU GRAD­U­ATED FROM COL­LEGE?

Ini­tially, it was dif­fi­cult. I was ag­i­tated and stressed over things I didn’t need to stress over be­cause I didn’t know what to do with all the ex­tra time and en­ergy. Now I’ve re­fo­cused it into train­ing and climb­ing out­side. I’ve been writ­ing train­ing plans and goals, and do­ing dou­ble ses­sions a lot of the time.

HAS IT PAID OFF?

Since I’ve grad­u­ated, I’ve ticked three life goals: a hard first as­cent at the RRG ( Goldilocks [ 5.14b] at the Gold Coast), V13 ( Crown of Aragorn in the East Spur at Hueco), and

Nec­es­sary Evil [ 5.14c]— so that’s awe­some.

YOU PLAN ON RE­TURN­ING TO SCHOOL TO OB­TAIN A DOC­TOR­ATE IN OC­CU­PA­TIONAL THERAPY. WHAT AT­TRACTED YOU TO THE PRO­FES­SION?

My mom and grandma worked with oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists. Oc­cu­pa­tional therapy is help­ing peo­ple with fun­da­men­tal tasks like cook­ing if they’ve lost func­tion in some part of their body. It’s a lot of one-on-one time. I want to be able to help peo­ple im­prove their lives— to im­pact their lives in a pos­i­tive way. And I love work­ing with peo­ple.

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