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HHP Student Spotlight Series: Olivia Hoeft

Olivia Hoeft
Olivia Hoeft ‘24 Therapeutic Recreation (M.S.R.L.S.)

Charlcee Cervantez || July 2, 2024

Olivia Hoeft, a second-year graduate student in Recreational Therapy at Texas State University, is making waves in the field with her internship at Adaptive Adventures in Colorado.

Discovering her passion for Recreational Therapy during her undergraduate years, Hoeft was drawn to the idea of helping individuals with physical disabilities engage in outdoor sports. "It sounded exactly like what I wanted to do," she recalls, spurred on by a family friend's recommendation.

Now, in her final semester, Hoeft is immersing herself in hands-on experiences at Adaptive Adventures, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. From indoor fitness classes to cycling, rock climbing, and skiing, Hoeft has delved into various programs, each offering insights into the field of recreational therapy and adaptive sports.

Olivia Hoeft working

Reflecting on her journey, Hoeft acknowledges the invaluable support she received from the Department of Health and Human Performance. The program's emphasis on service-learning projects provided her with practical experience, preparing her for the challenges and rewards of her internship.

"I've learned so much through my time here," Hoeft says, her enthusiasm evident. "Every aspect, from programming to administrative assistance, has enriched my understanding of recreational therapy."

Her advice to fellow students navigating internship opportunities echoes her own experience: "Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone." Hoeft initially hesitated to intern in a different state but soon realized it was the best decision she could have made. "Take chances and seize the opportunity to learn and grow," she advises. "You'll have a great time, no matter where you are."

As Hoeft 's journey demonstrates, passion, determination, and a willingness to embrace new experiences can lead to fulfilling opportunities in the field of recreational therapy.