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!



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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