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#51 Monday 26th of September 2016 10:47

K.V.Rivera
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi guys, I’m Keith! I’m a 2nd year BS Occupational Therapy student here at the University of the Philippines Manila.

Like many others, I barely knew anything about Occupational Therapy before entering my course. I’m going to admit that I entered the course so that I could use it as a pre-med course. Yet as I continued to study my major subjects I grew more and more to love Occupational Therapy. It seemed as though the more I learn and the more I knew made me love the profession.

It is for this reason that I want to have advocacy as one of my main points when I practice. I first noticed it in my family. They barely knew what I was studying, they had this assumption that everything that Occupational therapy covers would be under the traditional meaning of Occupation; which often relates to actual work rather than anything that our clients finds meaning in. I would also ask former classmates of mine and they would, more often than not, reply with the same thought in mind. Not many schools had a talk regarding our course, and that may be a reason why not many apply for it. That is why o would love to go back to my high school and maybe give a talk to students, informing them of what Occupational therapy entails. I’m sure that, like me, they would grow fond of the profession if only they knew more about it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about advocating our future profession, both here in the Philippines and all over the world.

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#52 Monday 26th of September 2016 13:58

sagacho
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Maria Nicole Sombillo wrote:

Hello everyone! I'm Nicole again, from University of the Philippines, Manila. As a 2nd year OT student, I was inspired by a professor and now I'm becoming very much interested in the field Developmental Pediatrics. I want to know more about it. Is anyone else interested in specializing as a developmental pediatrician? smile

Hi Nicole! I also wanted to be a Developmental Pediatrician. However, as I continue my OT program I am developing more passion with OT. We'll never know... I might reconsider Dev Ped again.

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#53 Monday 26th of September 2016 15:41

Byeul
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Naja Forchhammer OT wrote:

Hey guys smile
I'm Naja, a 27 year old OT student from the Metropolitan University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I'm very interested in OT, and I think it's amazing how you learn to help people live a meaningful life, no matter where they're from or what they need help with.
I've been doing exchange in both Berlin, Germany, and in Parnaiba, Brazil. In October I'll start writing my thesis about OT and yoga and will be finishing my education in January 2017.
Besides studying I'm running an Instagram account (regarding me and my work as an OT), and a Facebook page. At the moment I'm preparing different posts for the Global ADHD Awareness Month, which will take place in the month of October. If any of you are interested in following it, you can find it under Naja Forchhammer on Facebook smile

If you've any questions, please feel free to ask smile


Best regards Naja.

Hi, Naja! So glad you could check out our forum.
I checked your instagram account and I noticed you're a fan of the outdoors aside from yoga. Just out of curiosity, is yoga something you've been doing for quite some time now or are you able to engage in it because of OT? smile

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#54 Monday 26th of September 2016 20:56

Michelle77
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi everyone smile
My names Michelle and I'm just about to start my second year of occupational therapy at Salford University, UK. Really enjoyed reading all your introductions...what a great idea this is!
So about me...I'm 39, a mother of 3 and I'm brand new to occupational therapy. My previous experience centres around customer service roles and I spent 3 years as a police officer. I've always wanted a career I love and one where I can help people, and this is definitely it. I've really enjoyed my time at university so far though it has been a steep learning curve in regards to academic writing. I'm making progress though that's the main thing.
I don't have any preferences as yet regarding specialist areas of OT, though I'm really looking forward to my next placement in mental health. It's my first mental health experience so any tips would be greatly appreciated?

I look forward to hearing from you and getting involved in the topics lined up xxx

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#55 Monday 26th of September 2016 21:19

csimpson33
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi I am Claire from the University of Salford, UK 2nd year full time student, i have worked in occupational therapy for 7 years and really enjoying the process of qualifying as a therapist.

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#56 Monday 26th of September 2016 21:22

csimpson33
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

hi Naja smile

Byeul wrote:
Naja Forchhammer OT wrote:

Hey guys smile
I'm Naja, a 27 year old OT student from the Metropolitan University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I'm very interested in OT, and I think it's amazing how you learn to help people live a meaningful life, no matter where they're from or what they need help with.
I've been doing exchange in both Berlin, Germany, and in Parnaiba, Brazil. In October I'll start writing my thesis about OT and yoga and will be finishing my education in January 2017.
Besides studying I'm running an Instagram account (regarding me and my work as an OT), and a Facebook page. At the moment I'm preparing different posts for the Global ADHD Awareness Month, which will take place in the month of October. If any of you are interested in following it, you can find it under Naja Forchhammer on Facebook smile

If you've any questions, please feel free to ask smile


Best regards Naja.

Hi, Naja! So glad you could check out our forum.
I checked your instagram account and I noticed you're a fan of the outdoors aside from yoga. Just out of curiosity, is yoga something you've been doing for quite some time now or are you able to engage in it because of OT? smile

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#57 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 00:36

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hey Byeul, so nice to hear from you smile
I have been doing yoga for some years, and I am so happy, that it is possible to integrate it with OT smile
Yeah, I love the outdoors too! I just got back from my internship in Brazil, where I was so lucky to travel around a bit and visit an amazing natural park!
Are you also interested in yoga?

Byeul wrote:
Naja Forchhammer OT wrote:

Hey guys smile
I'm Naja, a 27 year old OT student from the Metropolitan University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I'm very interested in OT, and I think it's amazing how you learn to help people live a meaningful life, no matter where they're from or what they need help with.
I've been doing exchange in both Berlin, Germany, and in Parnaiba, Brazil. In October I'll start writing my thesis about OT and yoga and will be finishing my education in January 2017.
Besides studying I'm running an Instagram account (regarding me and my work as an OT), and a Facebook page. At the moment I'm preparing different posts for the Global ADHD Awareness Month, which will take place in the month of October. If any of you are interested in following it, you can find it under Naja Forchhammer on Facebook smile

If you've any questions, please feel free to ask smile


Best regards Naja.

Hi, Naja! So glad you could check out our forum.
I checked your instagram account and I noticed you're a fan of the outdoors aside from yoga. Just out of curiosity, is yoga something you've been doing for quite some time now or are you able to engage in it because of OT? smile

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#58 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 05:24

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Wow! I'll be checking your accounts for they sure look interesting! smile


Naja Forchhammer OT wrote:

Hey guys smile
I'm Naja, a 27 year old OT student from the Metropolitan University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I'm very interested in OT, and I think it's amazing how you learn to help people live a meaningful life, no matter where they're from or what they need help with.
I've been doing exchange in both Berlin, Germany, and in Parnaiba, Brazil. In October I'll start writing my thesis about OT and yoga and will be finishing my education in January 2017.
Besides studying I'm running an Instagram account (regarding me and my work as an OT), and a Facebook page. At the moment I'm preparing different posts for the Global ADHD Awareness Month, which will take place in the month of October. If any of you are interested in following it, you can find it under Naja Forchhammer on Facebook smile

If you've any questions, please feel free to ask smile


Best regards Naja.

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#59 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 05:27

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hello Claire! May you tell us some of your experiences in working as an OT? smile

csimpson33 wrote:

Hi I am Claire from the University of Salford, UK 2nd year full time student, i have worked in occupational therapy for 7 years and really enjoying the process of qualifying as a therapist.

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#60 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:00

KawJemilyn
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hello there, Michelle! Thank you for joining us here @ OTion.
I've got a big WOW for you because of your previous occupation and soon-to-be occupation; it's evident that you're a person with a big (kind) heart because the main agenda of your past and future occupations is to serve the people. (Your children are so lucky to have you as their supermom!)

These past 2 months and the next 3 months, we're tackling about OT theories and childhood development in class; we get to observe children of different ages and check on their milestones. I prefer pediatrics, but my second choice of field is mental health. We surely will be excited when we get to the mental health portion.

What are your thoughts about specializing in mental health? Are there reasons relating to your past occupations that made you choose studying occupational therapy?
Hope that you'll join us in this conversation room until the second week of November! smile

Good luck on your academics! Best wishes!

Jem

Michelle77 wrote:

Hi everyone ?
My names Michelle and I'm just about to start my second year of occupational therapy at Salford University, UK. Really enjoyed reading all your introductions...what a great idea this is!
So about me...I'm 39, a mother of 3 and I'm brand new to occupational therapy. My previous experience centres around customer service roles and I spent 3 years as a police officer. I've always wanted a career I love and one where I can help people, and this is definitely it. I've really enjoyed my time at university so far though it has been a steep learning curve in regards to academic writing. I'm making progress though that's the main thing.
I don't have any preferences as yet regarding specialist areas of OT, though I'm really looking forward to my next placement in mental health. It's my first mental health experience so any tips would be greatly appreciated?

I look forward to hearing from you and getting involved in the topics lined up xxx

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#61 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:04

KawJemilyn
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi Claire! Thank you for joining us here!
It seems like you already have experiences in being an OT. Do you have some fun experiences, stories or tips for us? We're on our 2nd year in BS OT and there's like 3 more years before we can take the board exam and get our own license.

Best wishes! smile


csimpson33 wrote:

Hi I am Claire from the University of Salford, UK 2nd year full time student, i have worked in occupational therapy for 7 years and really enjoying the process of qualifying as a therapist.

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#62 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 07:44

Alexia Nicole
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hey! smile I'm Alexia Guevara, a 17 year-old OT student from University of the Philippines - Manila.

In my case, choosing BS Occupational Therapy for college was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I was actually into Human Kinetics since I wanted to pursue a dancing career. Fortunately, after my first immersion in an OT clinic for our major class, I discovered that occupational therapists promote dance therapy. I am an active member of our university's dance varsity and we invite known dancers across the country to have workshops with us. It became a bridge for me to meet and learn from people who also offer dance therapy for adults such as ballet and hip hop for PWDs. It is my goal to work in a clinic with dancers who have hearts for our PWDs.

Excited to know more about you guys! smile

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#63 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 08:25

Alexia Nicole
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi Rose! I'm Lex. smile The idea of handling adults with learning difficulties sounds really challenging and at the same time satisfying! I actually have plans of working for them when I graduate. Can you tell me more about your experiences in a community hospital and a residential home?

Rose Snook wrote:

Hi I'm Rose and I'm just about to start my second year at Coventry University. I'm a mature student and currently I work part time as a Health Care Assistant in a community hospital and a residential home for adults with learning difficulties. I love to help people and really enjoying making a small positive difference in someone's life. I hope to be able to make a bigger contibution when I qualify. I love the holistic whole person perspective that an Occupational therapist uses to support thier client.

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#64 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 14:38

Byeul
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Naja Forchhammer OT wrote:

Hey Byeul, so nice to hear from you smile
I have been doing yoga for some years, and I am so happy, that it is possible to integrate it with OT smile
Yeah, I love the outdoors too! I just got back from my internship in Brazil, where I was so lucky to travel around a bit and visit an amazing natural park!
Are you also interested in yoga?

Byeul wrote:
Naja Forchhammer OT wrote:

Hey guys smile
I'm Naja, a 27 year old OT student from the Metropolitan University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I'm very interested in OT, and I think it's amazing how you learn to help people live a meaningful life, no matter where they're from or what they need help with.
I've been doing exchange in both Berlin, Germany, and in Parnaiba, Brazil. In October I'll start writing my thesis about OT and yoga and will be finishing my education in January 2017.
Besides studying I'm running an Instagram account (regarding me and my work as an OT), and a Facebook page. At the moment I'm preparing different posts for the Global ADHD Awareness Month, which will take place in the month of October. If any of you are interested in following it, you can find it under Naja Forchhammer on Facebook smile

If you've any questions, please feel free to ask smile


Best regards Naja.

Hi, Naja! So glad you could check out our forum.
I checked your instagram account and I noticed you're a fan of the outdoors aside from yoga. Just out of curiosity, is yoga something you've been doing for quite some time now or are you able to engage in it because of OT? smile


That's great to hear! I look forward to being able to go to places and do some travelling to enjoy nature too - hopefully after some years when I'm older haha.
I haven't tried yoga myself; it would be interesting to try it some time tho, especially since you are able to incorporate it with OT. smile

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#65 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 14:43

Byeul
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi, Michelle! So nice of you to join us. smile
Wow that's really amazing. You must be a really passionate person to look for a profession that you could pour your time into. May I ask what made you decide to try and pursue OT?
Wishing you the best of luck in your next placement and looking forward to hear more from you!
-Byeul

Michelle77 wrote:

Hi everyone ?
My names Michelle and I'm just about to start my second year of occupational therapy at Salford University, UK. Really enjoyed reading all your introductions...what a great idea this is!
So about me...I'm 39, a mother of 3 and I'm brand new to occupational therapy. My previous experience centres around customer service roles and I spent 3 years as a police officer. I've always wanted a career I love and one where I can help people, and this is definitely it. I've really enjoyed my time at university so far though it has been a steep learning curve in regards to academic writing. I'm making progress though that's the main thing.
I don't have any preferences as yet regarding specialist areas of OT, though I'm really looking forward to my next placement in mental health. It's my first mental health experience so any tips would be greatly appreciated?

I look forward to hearing from you and getting involved in the topics lined up xxx

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#66 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 16:29

shmays
Moderator

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi Everyone! It's so great to see this student forum being utilized to the max. As a current 2nd year MSOT student in the US, I'm really curious to learn more about OT in the Philippines and schooling at UP.

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#67 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 19:29

avaguila1
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hello everyone! Again, I am Alyssa, a 2nd year OT student from UP Manila.

I want to introduce to you my college, CAMP. The College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) in UP Manila offers a 4-year degree program of BS Occupational Therapy unlike other schools in the Philippines which have a 5-year degree program. Our college really lived up to our mission on providing our PWDs an environment where they can freely perform their occupations by ensuring that our building itself is PWD-friendly. Also, our mentors always ensure that in every lecture we are able to meet the intended learning outcomes for that specific discussion.

The CAMP community is filled with beautiful, friendly people. In our block, it is where I found another family. We treat each other like brothers and sisters. With them, going through college got easier and they make it more fun. I feel so blessed to be part of this crazy bunch of beautiful people. My blockmates are also one of the reasons why I get to love OT more. I hope you also have such great friends who are with you in your journey in becoming an OT.

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#68 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 19:31

avaguila1
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

csimpson33 wrote:

Hi I am Claire from the University of Salford, UK 2nd year full time student, i have worked in occupational therapy for 7 years and really enjoying the process of qualifying as a therapist.

Hi Claire! How was your experience during those 7 years? I would love to hear your story!

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#69 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 19:42

avaguila1
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

shmays wrote:

Hi Everyone! It's so great to see this student forum being utilized to the max. As a current 2nd year MSOT student in the US, I'm really curious to learn more about OT in the Philippines and schooling at UP.

Hi shmays! Thank you for visiting this forum! We would love to see you be part of the coming discussions where we could learn more about OT not only in the Philippines but also globally through stories/entries shared here in this forum.

Personally, I also like to know about OT from other countries as well. Do we encounter the same problems? How do people from the US see OT and how does it differ from how Filipinos view it? I hope through our shared stories, we can answer these questions. smile

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#70 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 19:51

avaguila1
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Michelle77 wrote:

Hi everyone ?
My names Michelle and I'm just about to start my second year of occupational therapy at Salford University, UK. Really enjoyed reading all your introductions...what a great idea this is!
So about me...I'm 39, a mother of 3 and I'm brand new to occupational therapy. My previous experience centres around customer service roles and I spent 3 years as a police officer. I've always wanted a career I love and one where I can help people, and this is definitely it. I've really enjoyed my time at university so far though it has been a steep learning curve in regards to academic writing. I'm making progress though that's the main thing.
I don't have any preferences as yet regarding specialist areas of OT, though I'm really looking forward to my next placement in mental health. It's my first mental health experience so any tips would be greatly appreciated?

I look forward to hearing from you and getting involved in the topics lined up xxx

Hi Michelle!
I am glad you found the career you want. I think everyone wants to be able to do what they love and we are lucky to be able to find it in OT. I still do not have a lot of experience in mental health so I cannot provide you "tips". Instead of giving tips, I just want to tell you that you can do it! As long as you love what you do, you can do everything you want though it could be difficult at times. I hope this helps.

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#71 Tuesday 27th of September 2016 19:57

avaguila1
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

K.V.Rivera wrote:

Hi guys, I’m Keith! I’m a 2nd year BS Occupational Therapy student here at the University of the Philippines Manila.

Like many others, I barely knew anything about Occupational Therapy before entering my course. I’m going to admit that I entered the course so that I could use it as a pre-med course. Yet as I continued to study my major subjects I grew more and more to love Occupational Therapy. It seemed as though the more I learn and the more I knew made me love the profession.

It is for this reason that I want to have advocacy as one of my main points when I practice. I first noticed it in my family. They barely knew what I was studying, they had this assumption that everything that Occupational therapy covers would be under the traditional meaning of Occupation; which often relates to actual work rather than anything that our clients finds meaning in. I would also ask former classmates of mine and they would, more often than not, reply with the same thought in mind. Not many schools had a talk regarding our course, and that may be a reason why not many apply for it. That is why o would love to go back to my high school and maybe give a talk to students, informing them of what Occupational therapy entails. I’m sure that, like me, they would grow fond of the profession if only they knew more about it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about advocating our future profession, both here in the Philippines and all over the world.

Hi Keith!
I also had the same idea on my mind before! I would love to go back to my high school and advocate OT. We usually have career talks and I think that would be a perfect opportunity for us to introduce OT to the students. I also think that awareness is the key for our profession to grow more here in the Philippines.

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#72 Wednesday 28th of September 2016 11:43

Sam Agura
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Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi everyone! It's me again, Sam Agura from UP Manila smile

While a lot of people don't really know what occupational therapy is in our country, I've known about it since grade school and more or less already made up my mind to take it up for college even then. I learned about occupational therapy from my uncle who is a physical therapist and he's one of the reasons why I chose this course. Knowing that it mainly deals with helping people overcome their disabilities and limitations and helping them optimize their potential to live a productive and quality life, I was hooked from the start. It also helped that I've always wanted to go in the medical field and taking this course now has made me realize just how important rehabilitation medicine is.

Like I've mentioned before, we're a pretty small population of OT stuents in our university. As such, we're more or less familiar with one another. I'm looking forward to hearing more from the OT students abroad and learning from their experiences big_smile

I'm also looking forward to hearing inputs from other OT students from all over in our upcoming topics. Hear from you soon!

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#73 Wednesday 28th of September 2016 12:16

pdregalario
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Sam Agura wrote:

Hi everyone! It's me again, Sam Agura from UP Manila smile

While a lot of people don't really know what occupational therapy is in our country, I've known about it since grade school and more or less already made up my mind to take it up for college even then. I learned about occupational therapy from my uncle who is a physical therapist and he's one of the reasons why I chose this course. Knowing that it mainly deals with helping people overcome their disabilities and limitations and helping them optimize their potential to live a productive and quality life, I was hooked from the start. It also helped that I've always wanted to go in the medical field and taking this course now has made me realize just how important rehabilitation medicine is.

Like I've mentioned before, we're a pretty small population of OT stuents in our university. As such, we're more or less familiar with one another. I'm looking forward to hearing more from the OT students abroad and learning from their experiences big_smile

I'm also looking forward to hearing inputs from other OT students from all over in our upcoming topics. Hear from you soon!

Hi Sam! I wish I was introduced to OT as early as you were but that is not the case... I hope to hear from you soon too!!

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#74 Wednesday 28th of September 2016 12:22

gvyrastorza
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Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

Hi everyone! Hope I'm not late to the party! I'm Ito Yrastorza, a 2nd year OT student at UP Manila. You can call me Ito, Greg, Greggy, Four, Iv, Ivy, or anything you can think of haha! I'm pretty much aware of most of the OT students from UP, but I'd like to get to know the OT students (and practitioners) on the forum. I'll admit, it's kind of... quiet around here.

I'm going to try posting around in my free time, but for the meantime, hi everyone! Let's get to know one another!

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#75 Wednesday 28th of September 2016 13:12

K.V.Rivera
Member

Re: OT Students Interaction Topic 1: Getting to know you

shmays wrote:

Hi Everyone! It's so great to see this student forum being utilized to the max. As a current 2nd year MSOT student in the US, I'm really curious to learn more about OT in the Philippines and schooling at UP.

Hi Chloe!

While the workload does seem to be heavy at times, I personally enjoy studying here at UP. Personally, I enjoy our majors the most since they seem to always make me want to learn more. The topics about the different OT theories and the developmental milestones of a normally developing child really make me appreciate studying to be a future Occupational Therapist.

I would love to hear more from you especially in the next few weeks as we start new topics to talk about. smile

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