March’s New Grad of The Month: Meaghan Pappas
Meaghan Pappas is March’s New Grad of The Month! She is an OT on assignment at a SNF in Merced, CA. Meaghan started working with her Advanced Recruiter, Lindsey, shortly after her graduation. Although she has always been attached to her hometown in Missouri, she was committed to travel. After looking at some positions in Illinois, Meaghan made the courageous and adventurous decision to take a job in California. She took a journey across the country with her brother as she traveled towards a new opportunity. Meaghan started this new position one week after Christmas and did not take her new location for granted. She spent New Year’s in Lake Tahoe and has since then visited San Francisco and San Diego while on assignment. She is constantly enjoying the benefits of travel while honing her skills in the profession.
“Meaghan is a model travel therapist! She adapts, does great at her job, and enjoys the ride!”- Advanced Recruiter, Lindsey Hunter
Get to Know Meaghan
What drew you to OT? I chose to study OT when my best friend was in a car accident and had to re-learn how to do pretty much everything, cognitively and physically. I visited her rehab facility frequently which allowed me to witness her incredible transformation. She want from her first words to me out of her coma being, “I feel like I should know who you are, but you look terrible,” to returning to the best friend that I am still fortunate to have in my life today. I am forever grateful for the therapists that made her recovery possible and hope that I can make that kind of impact on my patients’ lives as well!
Why did you decide on travel therapy as a new grad? Because why not?! I knew I could do it and I had nothing holding me back. If I worked in a permanent position for a year to get experience, I knew I would get comfortable where I was, which would make leaving difficult. I went for it and I’m so happy that I did!
What is one thing you hope to accomplish as a traveling OT? Hmm, I’d say experience a variety of different clinical settings. OT can change so drastically between settings and I want to try them all! That, and climb anything and everything with minimal injuries.
What has the biggest surprise been so far? Well I hated the idea of graduating from college. So, I guess I’m surprised by how much I actually love this whole adulting thing. Not only do I love what I do, but I don’t even second guess the extra charge for guacamole on my Chipotle burritos anymore and that’s a pretty awesome feeling!
What is the #1 place you want to travel? Alaska or Hawaii, because they both look absolutely stunning. But place me anywhere with mountains to climb and I’ll be happy!
What’s a fun fact about your travels? After I travel the US for a couple of years my plan is to spend a year doing travel OT in New Zealand/Australia! (Much to my mother’s dismay).
Like Meaghan’s story? Check out our New Grad Program to learn more about how she got here with Advanced Travel Therapy!