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The On the Internet College Challenge Contest (Survey)
Did you attend college or
currently attending college?
If so, what college did you attend
Share your thoughts about your
college and the TR program you are taking or took. Is/did the
training/classwork meeting your needs? Share the good and the
bad. Share any hints for upcoming TR students.
- University of Southern Maine
- Clemson University- 6
- Indiana University at Bloomington
- Penn State University - 3
- Central Michigan University
- Cal. State University, Northridge
- Eastern Michigan University
- Erskine College
- The Floirda State University
- Florida International University
- Metropolitan State College
of Denver Colorado - 1
- Monctlair State U, N.J. -
- College of St. Francis, Joliety,
IL - 1
- Southern University, Baton
Rouge Campus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - 1
- The University of North Dakota,
Grand Forks - 2
- University of North Texas
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Wayne State University - 1
- Western Carolina U. - 1
- West Virginia University -
- York College of Pennsylvania
I am currently enrolled at the University
of Southern Maine in the TR program.I find my classes
with this program to be very interesting and feel that
I have picked the right major. I would however like to
go into the physical therapy field and hope to do so after
I have a degree in TR. To other students: Getting involved
in an agency where TR is working is a great on hands look
at what is to come in the future and also gives you that
extra learning that you do not get in the classroom.
We are particularly
fortunate to have Ann James and Fran McQuire at Clemson.
Along with the other outstanding faculty members, they have
a lot of knowledge and experience to share with the students.
Coming from an Accounting and a Computer-oriented background,
I have a lot to learn from all of them! A full-time employee
of the University, I will take longer to obtain my M-PRTM
than some students. I am enjoying the journey as I am trying
to determine my main emphasis area. At this point, my advice
and hints are somewhat limited. It is better for all concerned
to get early and frequent hands-on experience while in school.
Environmental Education and it's use in Therapeutic Recreation
particularly interests me. It would great to correspond with
others who may have similar interests. Thanks. Manella
For the most part my experience
with the program (University of Southern Maine) has
been great. I am a junior, so I haven't been able to use
my learned skills as of yet. There is only one particular
problem that I have with the programa and that is with a
certain teacher. He often refers to himself as a professional..
This bothers me because I just don't see him in this light.
He constantly talks about himself and really has no point
to his lectures. He also teaches an entry level T.R. class
and that scares me because I am certain that he is scaring
people away from the feild. I guess other than him everything
Very good school
and program (Clemson University), but I wish it were
more related to Health Sciences than Parks and Recreation.
There is a Nursing School on campus which helps for the Anatomy & Physiology
needs but more links to practical medical areas needs to
established. There is a large Teaching hospital 30 miles
away in Greenville which has some TR and more Child Life
Clemson University has
a very strong, well recognized TR program. The TR courses
I have taken have offered me a tremendous amount of knowledge
regarding the profession, trends in TR, and different philosophies
surrounding the field. The professors have all worked in
the field with different populations and, they share many
of their stories and experiences with students. So, as a
student who has chosen the professional master's route, I
have been happy with the TR program and coursework at Clemson.
I feel that I will be well prepared to enter the field upon
completion of the program.
Program is excellent (at
University of Southern Maine)-it has great continuity
from one professors teachings anothers.Haven't done an
internship, but think it will be a fantastic learning experience.
I feel the Parks, Recreation,
and Tourism program I am currently in is top-rate (Clemson
University). The TR professors are excellent, including
several who are nationally recognized- Dr. Fran Mcguire and
Dr. Ann James. Like many universities, ours has been undergoing
major restructuring which has caused all kinds of headaches.
Aside from this, which hopefully will be completed soon,
I have been extremely happy with the quality of my education
and I feel that I will be adequately prepared to enter the
work arena, wherever that may be!
of North Texas has a very good TR program. They use
instructors as well as professionals currently in the field
to conduct classes. We get the "book" and "real life" versions
of TR at the same time. Hints for upsoming TR students:
make sure this is what you want to do, this is an "all
or nothing" career.
I just began the program this
fall (at University of Southern Maine), but so far
I find the setting very entertaining. The professors are
always willing to help and get the students situated. I find
that the program truly makes you think about yourself and
the leisure in your life. I'm very excited to learn more
aboout this program and myself.
I think the program
here (at University of Southern Maine) is great, and
the professors really care about you as a student. The only
drawback is that it is hard to get into some classes in other
departments that we need for our degree. Some classes are
only offered at certain times. Over all though I think that
I could not have made a better choice as to the field that
I'm getting into! TR rules!WOO HOO!!
Yes, the class is meeting my
needs. I really enjoy my T.R. class (at University of
Southern Maine) and I am starting to want to become a
recreational therapist more and more every day. A lot of
the things that we learn in class is repetitive, but I guess
we must know our major inside and out.
I graduated from Penn
State in 91' and have had a successful trip up the
corporate ladder since. Penn State prepared me for the
theology/ideology for becoming a manager, however I do
wish that there was a better base in kinesiology, physics,
modalities, transfers, and documentation skills. All of
these I have picked up since graduation, however the need
was present during the internship. I would also suggest
that if NCTRC continues only to require 1 internship that
colleges and universities require 2 in different fields.
I say this because with one internship it limits you to
where you can get a job. With the experience in psych and
rehab or community then you increase your marketability
professional knowledge. I would also like to see more colleges
present a 1 credit course in professional writing skills.
In my student interns, I have noticed a lack of ability
to professionally convey what they have to say without
redundancy and grammatical errors. All of which hurts when
you work in a profession that continues to prove itself
day in day out. Thank you.
The therapeutic recreation program
that I am taking in college (University of Southern Maine) is
very interresting. It is teaching me a great deal. I find
the information both current and educational. It is definitely
a field that has great potential and many options. It can
be applied to nearly any situation, and will benefit you
even if you do not end up working directly in the field.
and classwork are very appropriate and beneficial (University
of Southern Maine). Try to keep updated on what is happening
in the field. Get involved as much as possible. Also keep
all your notes. Future classes will pertain to things you
learned in your first semester and begin to all tie together.
I just recently began the therapeutic
recreation program at my University (University of Southern
Maine). So far, I have enjoyed it and it has met my expectations.
I look forward to learning more about the program and becoming
more involved in this field.
of North Dakota) has a great Therapeutic Recreation
program. Dr. Lynn Anderson is the professor of Therapeutic
Recreation classes at UND and she is great! I believe that
through her classes, I will be fully prepared for my internship
and future job in this field. We are taught everything
from modules, assessments, documentation, etc. I believe
that my true learning has taken place while doing volunteer/practicum
hours. It is a chance to apply what I have learned and
actually learn my strenths/weaknesses. Our classes are
getting larger every year which shows that our field is
growing! Grand Forks is a great place to live and UND is
a great school w/a super, super Recreation and Leisure
Program. I would encourage anyone to check it out!! One
hint for upcoming students that I have is: get experience
w/ all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics and try to get
experience in your fieldwork hours in many different fields
of T.R. (psych., rehab., long-term, etc.) as it will help
make your internship decision easier and make you more "marketable" for
a job in the future. Good luck!!!!!
Listen to word of mouth as to
which advisors know their sh__! Ask all your questions! Don't
be afraid to ask veteran TR students for advice!Study, Study,and
Study some more!!! Educate yourself and others about the
validity of TR. (Cal. State University, Northridge)
I am enjoying
the TR program at the University of Southern Maine.
I find my classes to be very interesting and informative.
This is only my first year in this program so I still have
a long way to go. My hint to upcoming TR students is to get
involved in volunteering at a facility that has TR so that
you will be a little more familiar with what is involved
I really enjoy this program,
we have a great instructor who really knows what is going
on in the field. Our program is really growing and EMU (Eastern
Michigan University) is starting to have stricker requirements
to limit the number of majors.
The TR program
at my college is very intense. The work quality that is produced
in our program is superb. The internships at local clinics
and hospitals are also very good. I'm very glad that I decided
to proceed in a future of TR. USM (University of Southern
Maine) is a good small universtiy for all people.
I found that the volunteer work
and practicums (while at Metropolitan State College of
Denver Colorado) were one of the best tools in helping
prepare me with my career. I was able to explore different
aspects of Recreation Therapy and decide which population
I was best suited to work in. Without these volunteer hours,
I would more than likely have begun my career with a population
I am not well suited for. I was also offered a job with the
company I am now employed with while volunteering.
The TR program
here (at University of Southern Maine) is great. I
am an accounting major, and I still take TR classes as electives.
This has been my first TR course
(at University of Southern Maine). I've found that
this course is fun, but we're kidding ourselves by treating
it like a science. For example the other day we discussed
the "theories of play". Come on! Play is play. Why try and
complicate it by giving it some fancy name borrowed from
the field of hard sciences, just to make it seem like it
belongs in academics. Who are we trying to kid guys and girls?!
Lighten up! TR's your makin' money by corraling us into your
classrooms... don't treat us like fools. You're trying to
make something a scholarly academic program that is basic
no TR program
here (Erskine College)....browsing for possibilities
for grad school....
I think the T.R program is great
(at University of Southern Maine). It gave me inspiration
to set my goals for the futer. I have developed the skills
needed to improve my own well being through recreation and
leisure. Now I am ready to share my knowledge with others.
of Southern Maine is located in the beautiful city
of Portland, Maine. The theraputic recreation program is
fairly new at the University. As a sophmore in the major,
I have begun to understand the role of the theraputic recreation
specialist and its relationship to other disciplines involved
in services to special populations. The TR program allows
room for a variety of avenues regauring the role that I
wish to play in this profession. I have been introduced
to a variety of health-care professions which has given
me a great appreciation for the degree of diversity the
health sciences provide. I believe that theraputic Recreation
allows for creative minds with great enthusiam to introduce
new ideas and create an understanding for optimum health.
The avenue in which I intend to pursue my theraputic career
is with the deaf society. The training in which I am involved
focuses on the understanding of holistic health and how
recreation and leisure can contribute to an individuals
health. I am looking foward to reading some hints for theraputic
recreation students in the follow up to this survey.
This is only an intro class.
I have not had that much experience. (at University of
I have recently
returned to college after raising my family for 18 yrs. U.S.M.
(University of Southern Maine) has made me feel very
welcomed and I feel like I belong. I have learned alot so
far about Therapeutic Recreation from the few classes I am
enrolled in. I can't wait to learn more about this wonderful
I am currently enrolled at University
of Southern Maine as a TR major. I am learning many
new and fascinating things. We usually tend to do our class
work in groups so I've been able to meet a lot of nice
people, who are interested in learning about the same things
I am. I'm not too keene on doing the oral presentation!!
The program at Florida
State University is awsome, limited enrollment keeps
the class size small. All instructors are excellent. If
you are looking for a great college, look no further ...
Tallahassee is the place for you!
I really enjoyed visiting different
sites in my area to see how the recreational therapy departments
were led in each facility. (wayne state university)
The TR program
at the University of Southern Maine is excellent!!!
My professer (at University
of Southern Maine) has us in small groups alot, which
worked in High School but is not working now. However,
we do have some hands-on work which is fascinating! We
are going to a Ropes Course in a few weeks in the gym.
I got a great
deal of inspiration from the T.R program at U.S.M. (University
of Southern Maine) The program gave me a specific goal
for my future. I have learned to incorporate recreation and
leisure into my life to make my whole life experience more
pleasurable. I look forward to sharing this with others and
help educate people of the importance of recreation and leisur
for ones over all well being.
I've been given some thought
provoking, ingenious ways of finding out what leisure activities
will lead me to a more productive, fuller life and further
more I now have some ideas of ways to help others. (at
University of Southern Maine)
The work in the
intro class (at University of Southern Maine) seems
light. The work so far seems like basic, everyday, activities
that we are know classifying as leisure. There is a certain
childish aspect in the leisure course that makes it both
fun, and interesting but also a bit to slow. Keep up on the
The TR class at the University
(University of Southern Maine) is excellent. My teacher
is helpfull and understanding, and she makes it easy to learn.
Yes the school
(University of Southern Maine) is meeting my needs.
The professors are great and I feel I am learning a lot.
MSU (Monctlair State U)
has a good TR program. TR students should always look for
a college that has good clinical affiliates.
Commonwealth University) has a good recreation program.
The professors are great and are very helpful. I have learned
more in my 1 1/2 years of graduate school than I did during
my undergraduate years!!!
I am VERY new to the program
(Florida International University)...only about 3
weeks,so I cannot accurately answer this question yet. I
most enjoy my class on interventions for Physical Disabilites.
The Miami area also seems to be very receptive to the profession
and for us "students" doing our field visits. So far my most "bad" impression
about TR is the field itself and how there is not a unification
among the group to grow larger and stronger as far as organizations
and associations are concerned as compared with lets say
OT. Thats it for now.....See you @ the end of the semester!
Perhaps my thoughts will be more than now after I learn some
The program (Southern
University) is a comprehensive program that has been
around for over 20 years and met my needs as an undergrad,
and is still meeting my needs as a graduate student. I
waited 4.5 years to return to get my master's, and I should
have done it sooner. Our department on the Southern Campus
is one of the fastest growing curricula. I was most disgusted
to find out that Southern University was left out of the
college listings on the TRDirectory. Please make sure it
is included. Thanks. Lisa R. Spivey, CTRS
Absolutely excellent!!! My college
(York College of Pa) prepared me to get out in the
real world. The program exposed us to both community and
clinical therapeutic recreation. We could make the decision
as to which way we wanted to go. As a result of an excellent
internship placement, I now work for a VA in blind rehab.
I feel it was the opportunities and guidance from the college
advisors that helps a student to find there way when school
is out. York College of Pa gives a great foundation. What
you chose to do with it is your decision. Laura Martino,CTRS
in TR at Indiana University has been very challenging
and rewarding. Combined with all the volunteer hours, I feel
very well prepared to practice in our field. At IU we take
43 hours of classes related to therapeutic recreation. That
includes anatomy, physiology and medical terminology - but
does not include non TR recreation classes and the internship.
That makes this a very comprehensive program. The faculty
are also very nice. They are each very active in the profession
and are readily available to students. The department also
has a great internship location and placement system. They
also keep current records of jobs available. I feel these
areas are the most important when looking for a TR program.
Bloomington, Indiana and the University are also very beautiful.
There is a lot to do here no matter what you like.
I have just started the masters
program in Outdoor TR and so far it is superb. I graduated
with B.S. in TR from Murray State University in Kentucky
in 1994, and worked in an acute psych hospital for two years. Indiana
University has really made me think about the philosophy
of TR and where I want the profession to go in the future.
I am impressed with the caliber of my professors who are
some of the best known names in the field, and feel quit
lucky to have access to the wide variety of resources available
to me and my classmates. I would recommend this school to
anyone interested in a challenging and thorough education
in therapeutic recreation.
I've been out
of Penn State for 20 years and I've been in my current
position at a state psychiatric facility since I graduated.
Penn State was wonderful!! Students, be certain that you
are learning good documentation skills and doing assessments
Penn States TR graduate
program is excellent. I would suggest that anyone looking
for a good school to obtain a master's or PhD to look into
of North Dakota) is a wonderful place. If you can stand
the cold, it is worth it. It is small enough to be personal
but large enough to offer a wide range of experiences.
Dr. Lynn Anderson is the reason I will be an effective
TR. The other teachers are good, but she truely shines.
She is the best teacher I have ever had. She has taught
me not the facts, but how to find them and use them. It
is difficult to have classes with a strong Parks and Rec
Management class then try to switch to TR. I wish I could
drop some of those classes to keep more in my emphasis
area. I want a degree in TR, not a emphasis in TR.