WCU Student Spotlight: Jabari Hoyte

For Jabari Hoyte, to be successful in the West Coast University doctor of occupational therapy program you have to have three key things.

“I think they would need to be reflective,” he said. “They need to be able to to look at their experiences and be able to learn from that. They also need to be resilient and passionate.”

Little did he know that his journey through the program would test all three of those qualities.

During his time in the OTD program, Hoyte learned that his grandmother had passed away. During this difficult time, he had a decision to make.

“There have definitely been moments where I had to take a step back and assess the big picture of why I’m doing this,” he said. “But my grandma was a big part of why I was doing this and I couldn’t think of quitting.”

What gave him the strength to keep going was the love and support of his cohort.

“My cohort is extremely supportive,” he said. “I’ll never forget that when my grandma passed they all collectively came together and raised money for me to fly back to New York to be with my family. They wrote a really nice card and they were there for me every step of the way through the process.”

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