Laryn Kropik (BS '19)
Laryn Kropik discovered her creative side while struggling with depression and fell in love with art. This led her to pursue a degree in psychology, pre-occupational therapy, with hopes to heal future patients physically and mentally through occupational therapy and art.
“Art can be incredibly therapeutic and help patients gain back activities of daily life, whether they be physical or mental skills,” she said.
While on campus, Kropik discovered another passion at a student organization fair, where she was introduced to SATS (Students Against Trafficking and Slavery). Kropik became dedicated to spreading awareness on the effects of human trafficking in Denton and Dallas, serving as president of SATS from 2017-2018.
“On campus, we educate others about the dangers of human trafficking through market days and events,” says Kropik. “Off campus, we volunteer with Denton County Friends of the Family and participate in the A21 walk.”
While president, Kropik pioneered the organization’s partnership with the McCain Institute’s Student Alliance Against Trafficking. The organization helps students find speakers and catering for events to raise awareness on human trafficking.
Art can be incredibly therapeutic and help patients gain back activities of daily life, whether they be physical or mental skills.
Kropik also serves as vice president of recruitment for Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed fraternity, and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council and the Psi Chi Honor Society. In February, Kropik joined the Austin Delegation to the Texas Legislature to advocate for TWU and speak to senators about the university and its impact on her life.
After graduation, Kropik will apply to doctor of occupational therapy programs, with TWU’s Dallas program at the top of her list, and is leaning toward working in geriatrics.
“Whatever field of occupational therapy I go in to, I still know that I want to blend art into my practice,” Kropik said.
Whatever field of occupational therapy I go in to, I still know that I want to blend art into my practice.
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