CPP Student Spotlight: Anne Clase
by Mya Brossoit
The College of Professional Programs is excited to recognize Anne Clase for October’s Student Spotlight.
Originally from North Dallas, Texas, Anne decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Studies with a concentration in Child Life and Health. Along with her Bachelor’s Degree, she plans to receive a minor in Disability Studies in June of 2024.
When asked why she chose this area of study, Anne openly shares how her personal battles with chronic illness and disabilities has resulted in a deep compassion for children who may be experiencing similar circumstances. At the beginning of her college journey Clase dealt with multiple chronic illness diagnoses and their debilitating effects. Yet, through it all Anne impressively overcame the tests, procedures, restrictions, and appointments these illnesses cause in order to pursue something greater.
Anne recognizes the various hurdles children have to overcome when struggling with illness. Anne testifies to the great value of coping resources her field offers to patients who need it. She now passionately moves forward with dreams of providing for children in a unique and meaningful way.
I wanted to be able to be there for someone in a way that I needed someone to be there for me.
Anne originally learned about Eastern’s Children’s Studies Program through a Child Life Facebook group she joined in 2021. She recalls the various insights Professor Belinda Hammond would share with the group. As she explored EWU further, she appreciated the university’s “emphasis on accommodating their disabled students, which made the program even more accessible and appealing to me.” These influences eventually led her to the decision of becoming an Eagle.
In reflection of her college experience, Clase credits Professor Hammond, Dr. Walker, Dr. Trella, and Professor Ward Lupinacci for their intentional encouragement and support. She states, “Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am in my life or educational journey.”
Today, Anne proudly tells of her greatest achievement: completing her child life practicum. After getting accepted into a competitive and challenging program at a children’s hospital, Anne was able to put her passion into practice. Clase worked in the pediatric hematology/oncology (blood disorders and cancers) intensive care unit (PICU), and emergency departments, despite the emotional and physical hardships that presented themselves along the way.
Her journey soon came full circle once she realized she spent many hours in this very hospital originally as a patient, but now as an employee making an impact in the lives of others.
Currently, Anne dreams of supporting children who have faced traumatic experiences and anticipates the multitude of opportunities her future holds to accomplish this.
The College of Professional Programs thanks Anne for her meaningful work and dedication towards making a difference in the lives of others!