Hello everyone! I am Erica Danielle Freeman, the daughter of Mary Pat and Howard Freeman. My 18 yr old brother, Jarred, my lovely Shih Tzu Coton puppy, Charlie, and our feisty 12-yr old cat named Nina, keep me entertained at home. Growing up in Noblesville, IN, I was actively involved in my community. I was an avid 4-H member, Junior Leader, member of the WRCC Student Leadership Team, and regularly volunteered at Agape Therapeutic Riding helping disabled children with horse therapy. When I wasn’t busy playing High School Volleyball or singing in the High School Varsity Show Choir, I raised money for various causes.
I transferred to ISU last Spring and truly love it here. I’m majoring in Health Sciences with hopes to attend the Occupational Therapy Masters Program here at ISU. On Oct. 30, I will be inducted in the ISU National Society of Leadership and Success collegiate leadership honor society.
My passion and end goal is to get an Occupational Therapy degree and a specialty certification in Hippotherapy so that I can help people heal and grow. Hippotherapy is an equine-assisted (horse) therapy technique. I have seen first-hand how the interaction between horses and people can help heal and improve real-world struggles for those suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, as well as physical limitations like MS or polio. In addition, I hope to someday offer free clinics to those who are adopted or in foster care and are struggling with accepting where they are now - So, they too, can experience the therapeutic effects of a horse.
Preparing with the other beautiful and talented pageant contestants has been an honor. I am excited to share the stage with them on November 12.
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