Let Spring Semester Begin

Welcome back to campus everyone!  I hope that everyone’s first days of classes are going well. I know mine are!

The start of a new semester means new notebooks, new classes, new professors.  Basically, lots of change.  However, change can be a good thing.  I know it can be hard adjusting to a new schedule and transitioning from break to school but here’s some things to help make the transition a bit easier:

1. Print a copy of your updated schedule.  This contains classroom numbers and professors.  Bring this with you everywhere to avoid going to the wrong building or confusing your new schedule with your old one.

2. Get organized.  After you recieve a syllabus in your first class, mark important test dates on your calendar now so it will come as no surprise when the professor announces in class that you have an exam the following week.  It’s important to organize everything early so you don’t fall behind and can begin to manage your time appropriately.

3. Enjoy yourself.  The start of a new semester can be stressful but it should also be fun.  Hang out with your friends who you didn’t get to see over break. Catch up. Enjoy a nice dinner in DeNaples.  Just remember to give yourself some free time to enjoy yourself.

So far, my classes this semester are very exciting.  I am taking 3 Occupational Therapy classes: Research Methods, Pathological Conditions II, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.  I am most excited about my Psychsoc class because it is a practice course.  This means that I will be completing a Psych Fieldwork I this summer.

After having such a positive experience with my Pediatric fieldwork, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to complete another one.  I am also very interested in the topic of mental health and may one day work as a mental health OT.  I am  excited to learn more about this topic and apply it during my fieldwork experience.

I am also taking a counseling course, Group Dynamics, and a psychology course for my minor, Abnormal Psychology.  I am looking forward to what new and exciting experiences spring semester has in store for me.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!



Ms. Kara R. DeRosa

Hi everyone. My name is Kara DeRosa and I am from Staten Island, NY. Currently, I am in my 5th year as a University of Scranton student in the Occupational Therapy Master's Graduate program. As an undergrad, I was actively involved in the Student Occupational Therapy Association and still currently help out with events as needed. I also participate in intramural sports, as well as various community service events and research groups with OT faculty. I lived on-campus my first 3 years as a student but now live in an off-campus apartment. My younger sister also attends the University of Scranton and is a junior nursing major. Please feel free to comment on my posts with any questions you may have or if you are interested in getting more information about anything! Happy reading :)

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