Connections were made in the most surprising way. During my time here, I have built so many relationships and had numerous experiences that I will always cherish. One particular instance presented itself in such an unexpected manner. We had a gulele (a guitar that is similar in size to a ukulele) donated to the Music Therapy Department. To my horror, in the process of trying to tune it, the bridge came off and was in need of repair. Larry McArthur or “Mac,” a gentleman form campus, was called in, and fortunately, he was able to fix it. As we began to talk, I mentioned my last name. To my utter surprise, Mac not only knew, but had worked closely with my grandfather for years. Through this amazing discovery, I was able to have my grandparents come for a visit. They spent hours reconnecting, and I had chills knowing that I had been a part of this unexpected reunion.
It has been a privilege and an honor to learn and work here for the past six months. The relationships I have developed will stay with me always. I am so thankful for the amazing people I have worked with, and words aren’t enough to truly express that. As I move on to the next part of my journey, I will take all that I have learned and use it to soar.
Based on her personality, knowledge and skills, Olivia was offered a job as an Activities Coordinator at a local retirement community; where she will undoubtedly share her wonderful gifts as a music therapist and all the skills she developed here at Masonic Village!