Many of us find our inspiration and passion from past experiences that have made a lasting impression on us. For Kelsey Negrete ’12, she found her passion while volunteering at a children’s rehabilitation hospital during her years in junior high.

“My sister and I had the opportunity to watch all the different therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc.) work with the children and saw the positive impact the therapy made on the patients’ lives. this inspired both my sister and me to become therapists,” said Negrete.  Her sister is a music therapist at a hospital in Florida.

Negrete was an active student who participated in many student organizations and held many leadership roles. Although she did not pursue a music career like her sister, Negrete played the trombone in the Symphonic Wind Esemble and Pacific Pep Band. She was a member of the Executive Board of Hillel; the Jewish Student Association, in which she served as Co-President for one year; and the Interfaith Council. In addition, she served as a Student Advisor and helped organize and lead New Student Orientations.

She recently graduated from Pacific in May with a bachelor of science in speech-language pathology. As a Florence Scott van Gilder “Tolley” Award scholarship recipient, she will be continuing her graduate work at Pacific in the 15-month master of science speech-language pathology program.

At the graduate level, Negrete hopes to continue working with children and learning more about autism. In the future, she would like to work in an elementary school setting.

“My goals are to help people communicate effectively, and to share a love of communication. Whenever I think about the difference that I can make, I am inspired to work even harder,” says Negrete.



By Dua Her '09
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