Melodie Armand as a freshman, left, and a senior
She Learned to See Roadblocks as Opportunities
Melodie Armand, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Cranston, Rhode Island
At the end of her first year at UML, Melodie Armand thought she might have to abandon her dream of becoming an occupational therapist because she didn’t earn the grades she needed to stay in the exercise science major.
However, with guidance and support from faculty, she turned that setback into an opportunity.
She changed her major to the Bachelor of Liberal Arts, choosing dual concentrations in health studies and disability studies.
It turns out the interdisciplinary B.L.A. program allowed Armand to explore art and activism, take classes in Spanish and psychology, and still complete all the prerequisites for a master’s in occupational therapy.
“It allowed me to personalize my major,” she says. “I’m on a different path, but I’m on the right path.”
Armand, whose immediate plans are to work as a rehabilitation aide while applying to graduate school, says she has developed the confidence she needs to reach her goals, even when her path takes a detour.
“I’ve learned that there are going to be roadblocks in your journey, but they don’t define your journey,” she says.