Psychology major Rachel Scott Dunn, ’21, has used both her personal experiences and her strengths to find her ideal career path at Meredith. After graduation, she plans to earn her masters and pursue her dream job of helping children with autism in a one-on-one setting.
“If I had to pick a word to describe what I have learned about myself in college, it would be ‘overcome.’
I have learned that I can overcome all obstacles and challenges even when I thought I couldn’t. Before coming to Meredith, I was dealing with terrible OCD and anxiety about many things and I was not sure if Meredith was the perfect fit, but as soon as I walked into Ledford and began my journey with Meredith Autism Program (MAP), I began to thrive and found so much happiness.
Overcoming my anxiety and OCD through Meredith has made me so much stronger. There were times I was scared I would not be able to do it, but I persevered. And thanks to the correct accommodations from Disability Services, helpful professors, church, a supportive work environment, and a supportive family, I have overcome so many things I never expected I could.
Becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at Meredith was such an empowering moment for me. Through MAP, I have watched more than12 children grow and learn and I am so glad I was able to take part in their success. I have learned all about my strengths: empathy, consistency, developer, harmony. I use all these skills at Meredith with my clients, professors, and friends. I will always use my Meredith strengths in the future.
My relationship with all the MAP staff have shaped my experience here. They have been my biggest cheerleaders at work and have pushed me to become the best Behavior Technician I can be, even during the toughest times.
I am currently in the graduate school process, planning to get my Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. My dream job is helping children with autism in a one-on-one setting.”