Athlete | scientist | psychologist
Story by Alex Zivic • Photos by Vanessa Jones
Hannah Rowold finds her solace when working in a laboratory. Rowold, student athlete and senior double majoring in biology and psychology, details her personal experience of combining her science studies.
“I really like neuroscience. There’s so much of biology and chemistry in psychology, and people don’t realize that on the outside,” Rowold says. “They think it’s mainly just [studying] emotions, or counseling, or therapy, but there’s a lot more with it.”
Rowold aspires to work in occupational therapy and believes that studying various aspects of science is the best way to prepare herself for her career. She says there are many forms of occupational therapy, but her interests remain with mental
health and neuroscience.
“There’s a lot of biology involved with the science therapy of mental health,” Rowold says. After completing her programs at Webster University, Rowold plans to further her career by pursuing a doctorate so that she may continue her field of research. Rowold is
currently working as a research assistant observing psycho-oncologists throughout their career development. But Rowold remains adamant about wanting to pursue studies of neuropsychotic disorders.
Rowold believes that Browning Hall, Webster’s new Interdisciplinary Science Building, will greatly impact her future studies.
“The labs [at Browning Hall] offer so much more space for students. They have more equipment right there at our fingertips, and they have state-of-the-art tools available,” Rowold says. “It’s empowering and inspirational to know that you have that in your hands, and you feel like a real scientist when you walk in.”
Through her studies, Rowold has completed many observation hours as an occupational therapist in a hospital setting, a rehab setting and at the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center in Sikeston, MO.
“The center does physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy for children with disabilities,” she says.
Rowold mentions that working with children is definitely a future possibility for her.
“That’s one of the things I like about occupational therapy. You’re not stuck in one sector. I can jump from pediatrics to geriatrics or work with veterans,” Rowold says. Rowold advises fellow science majors that the road is difficult, but manageable.
“There’s times when it seems like a lot of work, or overwhelming, but in those moments, you’ll meet people or make connections and you’ll realize this is what I want to do and this is why I’m doing it,” Rowold says.