Grace Friedman '18

Grace is a senior studying psychology and communications and an advocate and mentor for youth with ADHD and other learning disabilities. At Puget Sound, she's had the opportunity to study the psychology of ADHD and apply that science to her advocacy work as well as a new book she has co-written.

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An Update from Grace: This spring, I worked 10-12 hours a week doing recreational therapy at an inpatient center for youth ages 5-18 years old. I was skeptical about “playing” with kids as a learning opportunity, but quickly found that skills many take for granted (open and appropriate communication, critical thinking, and problem solving) were learned through individual and group activities such as puzzles, coloring activities, and sports. I am also currently working on my 2nd book which will be published in June 2019, and applying for jobs to gain more experience and real-world learning before I apply to graduate school.

As I reflect on my time at Puget Sound one of my highlights was being selected as the student speaker for Academic Convocation on May 12. I am humbled that fellow students, faculty, and staff nominated me for this honor. I know that my time here has given me the tools I need to be successful in this next chapter of my life.

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