Bronco Spotlight: Lauren Lawler

Bachelor of Art, music therapy, 2016

Current Job Title:

Music Therapist

Current Employer:

FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation

Describe your current job:

I am currently working with several elementary schools as a music therapist. I provided structured sessions with kids of various ages, working on non-musical goals in various domains (psychosocial, emotional, motor, academic, and/or communication). Each group has dedicated goals, and my aim is to help them be successful, but also challenged each day.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the kids realize their own potential for success. There isn't a day that goes by that the kids don't show me how creative and excited they are about learning something new. Work never really feels like a job to me, which is an incredible feeling! A challenge might be coming up with new ideas when I have clients that I see 3-4 x a week, but you should always strive for the highest. So I see it more as a positive challenge.

How did your internship impact your career development?

I had an incredible internship down in Kansas City at the Children's Hospital. That experience really helped to shape what my philosophy about Music Therapy is. I loved that our program gives us the opportunity to choose where our internships are because that challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone. The skills I utilized at the hospital help me every day during my current job, such as flexibility and the ability to address important topics on my feet. Wouldn't have changed that experience for the world.

What advice do you have for students looking for their career after college?

Always be open for potential opportunities. After my internship, I really wanted to move back home to be with family. There weren't any jobs open around my area that were hospital-related, but that didn't stop me from applying to this school-oriented program. It has proven me time and time again that you'll end up where you're supposed to! Take a chance when applying for work, because I was fortunate enough to end up with a dream job! As could you.

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