Hello. My name is Samantha Matthews; I prefer to be addressed as Sam. I am a third year student at Longwood University and a first year student in the Therapeutic Recreation program. I will graduate May of 2022 and then take my certification to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I first learned about Therapeutic Recreation when deciding to change my major from Nursing. I have always loved helping others and want to be able to do that in my everyday life. Now I feel as though I do not have to change the world, however I can have the ability to change one person’s world or their perception of their world. I have worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Heritage Hall for the last two years and enjoy getting to learn about my residents and the connections that I am able to make on a day to day basis. By helping others it helps me because it gives me a sense of purpose. I hope you enjoy my page, please feel free to browse through the various pages to learn more about me!