Friday, September 28, 2012
Alumni Profile: Nicole Buss
Buss now works at the Pediatric Therapy Network, a nonprofit children's therapy center in Torrance, California, that is committed to providing quality services for children with special needs. "I work in early intervention with a lot of children with autism and other special needs. We help them learn how to participate in school activities, play and do things in daily life. Whatever is meaningful in life to the child and family, we'll help them figure out a strategy to make it happen," she says.
A San Pedro native, Buss' interest in her field came from her mother, who teaches special education. This prompted her to volunteer at the center where she now works. "Volunteering was a really big deal for me. You really have to get in there and get your hands dirty, because then you can ask yourself, 'Can i see myself doing this?" Buss says.
She credits the professors at Marymount with encouraging her to follow her path, while still providing her with a "reality check" occasionally along the way. "They were always very accessible, and that made a huge difference," Buss says.