A Campus of Tolerance

Last week, USPB hosted a guest speaker to come and talk about his experiences with tolerance.  Marc Elliot was diagnosed with a rare disease known as Tourette’s Syndrome.  This is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tic.  Marc was diagnosed at a very young age and had to learn to live with people staring at him in public when he had an uncontrollable outburst.  His talk was focused on being tolerant of one another because we never know what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.  A quote that really stood out to me was, “Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting their own battle that you know nothing about.”

As a student at a Jesuit university, I am able to see this being practiced by people around me everyday.  Walking along the commons, I am constantly reminded of the kindness and acceptance that is present here at Scranton.  People are always looking for ways to help others and are never quick to make judgments.  Going to school here has truly helped me to grow in my tolerance of others and I honestly believe this has helped shape me into a better person.  Being surrounded by others who always look for the best in people makes Scranton an incredibly positive environment.

Not only is Scranton an amazing school socially, it also excels in academia.  Just recently, the University of Scranton was ranked among the nation’s top graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.  To see the full article, click the following link:


Students this week are all looking forward to heading to Spring Break. It starts this Friday.  We will be home for about a week and a half.  When we return, the semester will be almost over.  It’s hard to believe that the semester is already halfway done.  In a few short months, I will be home for summer vacation, preparing to complete my second Level I fieldwork in Psychosocial Rehabilitation.  I am looking forward to another positive learning experience and gaining more knowledge about the many different areas I can work in as an occupational therapist.

Have a great week everyone!



What OT Means To Me

As part of my OT curriculum, I am required to take a Research Methods class this semester.  I have to admit before the class started I was not looking forward to it one bit.  I knew there was a very long paper that I would have to complete and I am no good at writing.  However, now about a month into the class I realize that it involves much more than just writing papers.

A very big part of being an occupational therapist is keeping up on current research in order to be able to help our clients to the best of our ability.  Reading the most current research helps us to offer the best therapy there is to our clients.  I realize now how important classes such as this research one are to the OT profession.  Research helps us by providing evidence of our work, showing others the importance and necessity of occupational therapy.

This semester I am also taking a Counseling and Human Services course Group Dynamics.  One of my assignments for the class was to attend an open support group and write a paper about the experience.  At first, I was unsure about what kind of meeting I wanted to attend.  I thought it would be awkward and uncomfortable and was not exactly excited about it.  However, after attending the meeting this weekend I had an entirely new perspective about it.  Members of the group were so welcoming and made the experience such a positive one for me.

After the meeting, one of the members came up and introduced himself to me.  He asked about my major and when I told him that I was an  occupational therapy major, he got a big smile on his face and just said “Thank you.”  This made me feel really great about myself and my decision to become an occupational therapist.  Knowing that I will one day be able to make a difference for someone makes all the schooling and hours studying worth it.  I hope to one day see the smile that I saw on that man on all of the people that I have the opportunity to work with as a professional.

As part of SOTA this semester we are having a clothing drive to raise money.  There is a quote on the back of the t-shirt that says, “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.”  I think that this is the perfect quote to describe what being an OT means to me.  My main goal is to make a difference for people and help them to be as independent as they can be.

Have a great week everyone!