Leah Griffith, Class of 2009
Leah Griffith – Career Bio
Current job title and description: Occupational Therapy Student (almost done!). I am currently finishing my second and final clinical internship in Kirkland- a full-time on the job training for 12 weeks.
An occupational therapist (OT) is within the realm of the rehabilitation sciences, often working alongside physical therapists and speech language pathologists. We work with people to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. We can work in various setting including outpatient clinics, hospitals, and schools.
Education/jobs that have led you to career: Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Biopsychology emphasis (from California Lutheran University), Master of Occupational Therapy (from Eastern Washington University).
Future career plans: To take my national certification exam in May, and to obtain my first “real” job as an OT in an acute care (hospital) setting. I plan on applying to some of the well-known hospitals in the Seattle area after receiving my certification and licensure for the state of Washington. I completed my first internship at Evergreen hospital and I hope to return there, or to work in a hospital that specializes in cancer care, neurodegenerative diseases, and stroke.
Proudest moment since high school: Graduating with my Master’s degree.
Advice for high school students: Get good grades and get involved in those “extra curricular activities”. (IT MATTERS- reach for those scholarships, because loans are NOT fun!). Find an activity to get involved with that you are passionate about. I remember in high school I volunteered with Upper Valley Connection through CHS’s key club. It gave me a new perspective and a passion for helping those who are experiencing disability or illness.