What OT Means To Me

As a senior, I have been thinking a lot lately about what I really want to do when I graduate.  I know I still have 1 year of grad school here at Scranton (which I am NOT complaining about) but it’s still scary to think what I’ll be doing after that.

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.  Even when I first started applying to colleges, I thought for sure that I would end up back in a classroom teaching.  That was until I learned about occupational therapy.

I first learned about OT through my mom.  She is a one-on-one nurse for a young boy with special needs.  There was an OT working in the school where she also worked and my mom thought that it would be the perfect fit.  After doing a bit more research, I decided to give it a try.

Looking back now, I think deciding to be an occupational therapy major was one of the smartest decisions I’ve made.  Going to my first OT class freshman year was intimidating because  I was still not sure exactly what an occupational therapist was or if I even wanted to be one.  To be honest, it has taken me almost 4 years to truly understand the meaning of OT.

If I had to describe in my own words what OT is I would say that it is a holistic therapy that incorporates the use of purposeful and meaningful occupations in order for the client to return to maixmal independence.  For example, as an OT working with a client who just had a stroke and needs to work on strengthening his upper body, instead of just having the client do exercises, such as lift weights, to improve strength, the OT would have him engage in a purposeful activity, such as dressing.

What I love most about OT is the client-centered approach.  The main reason that I want to become an OT is to make an impact in someone’s life by helping them in some way.  By having a client-centered approach to therapy, I feel like I will be able to make a difference for someone.

So as I’ve been thinking more about post-grad life, I remember the many lessons that I have learned these past 3 years and the many more I will learn in the years to come.  I now know for sure that I want to be an occupational therapist when I graduate and help people is as many ways as I can.  I think that as an OT, I can still fulfill my desire to be a teacher by teaching my clients what they need to know in order to regain their independece and improve their overall quality of life.

Have a good week!

-Kara

Habitat For Humanity

Hi there!

Hope everyone is having a good week & staying warm.  The weather sure has started to get cold up here!  Although, I don’t think I can really complain about a 10 minute walk to class in the cold after I learned about the event that took place on campus Monday night.

The Habitat for Humanity Club held an event on the Dionne Green Monday night where students slept in boxes overnight to raise awareness about the needs of the homeless. Although I did not personally take part in the event, I heard that it was a very humbling experience for those who did.

Learning about this event made me want to become more involved with Habitat for Humanity.  Through volunteer work, this club aims to build homes alongside families who otherwise would not be able to afford them.  I think that this is a great cause and I am excited to have the opportunity to more personally become involved through the University.

As for some upcoming events on campus, this weekend the Liva Arts Company will be presenting the musical “Godspell.”  The play will be performed November 7-9 @ 8pm and November 10 @ 2pm at the Elm Park United Methodist Church, located on Linden St. right across from McGurrin Hall.  Tickets can be purchased for just 5$ in DeNaples Center on November 4-8 from 11am-2pm.  I can say from personal experience that every event I’ve attended of the Liva Arts Company has been spectacular and I am sure this performance will be no different!

This Saturday, Novemeber 9, USPB will be hosting the annual Royal Ball from 8-11pm.  The theme of the ball this year is The Golden Twenties.  So get your outfits ready and join us for an event that will make you wish you had been born 100 years ago.  There is a good time to be had by all!

That’s all for now! Have a great week!

-Kara