Featured Student: Richard Lu, OTD '17

Wanting to Make a Difference

Student Richard Lu

As a public school teacher in California, Richard Lu was frustrated by the limited opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with his students. So he wanted a new career that would allow him to provide personalized attention to help people achieve more success.

Lu initially was attracted to the three-year OTD because it offered several areas of specialization. But more importantly, he notes, the program is designed to promote leaders in the field.

“Health care is changing in our country, and leadership skills are important to me personally, in part because of my teaching experience,” he says. “Occupational therapy is about accomplishments. It’s goal driven, so it requires a teacher’s mind-set. You need creativity, empathy, and communication skills to reach another human and earn their trust.”