The Last Hoorah

These past few weeks have absolutely flown by and I am sure my final weeks here are going to go by even faster. It is still unbelievable that in just 3 weeks I will no longer by a University of Scranton student!!!

I just want to share some of the fun and exciting things I have been up to these past few weeks and also some events I am looking forward to.

These past two weeks in my Pediatrics course we had children joing our class so we could  practice our evaluation and observation skills. The first family had 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl) but the youngest was only a few months old so we did not work with other. The other was a family with twin boys. The children all participated in various assessments given by myself and my classmates to practice the  administration and scoring. We also observed the children playing with various toys and crafts.

Both experiences were positive and educational. I can say with certainty that actually administering assessments to a child is very different than just learning about them. Children are all unpredictable and although we would like to hope that all assessments will go as planned, I have learned through experience that this is not the case. The only way to prepare for real-life treatment is to gain as much knowledge as you can through practice and experience. The kids also seemed to very much enjoy getting to spend time with us through play and interaction.

A lot of my big assignments have been officially handed in which is super exciting. As much as I will be sad about leaving Scranton, each completed assignment means I am one step closer to having my master’s degree and working as a licensed occupational therapist (EEK).

Next Friday, the OT graduate students have our Portfolio presentation day. We are asked to invite someone from campus  who has influenced our time at Scranton to come view our portfolios. The portfolio is a compilation of just some of the many things we have accomplished over the past 5 years. The artifacts included reflect the University of Scranton Department of Occupational Therapy goals and values. This is an exciting time to showcase all the hard work we have done during our time here as students.

Our final big event before graduation is Scholarship Day, where we present our Faculty Mentor Research projects that have been completed over the course of our graduate year. Family members are invited to attend this event to get just a glimpse of what we have been working hard on for the past year.

To me, the most exciting part of Scholarship Day is the presentation of the money we raised from our Grad Spring Fling to TJ and the reps from VetDogs. It costs $6,000 to name a puppy and this year we raised almost $8,000 which is absolutely incredible!! At this event, we present our check and have the privilege of naming a VetDog in our honor. I am extremely looking forward to this exciting event!

Have a great week everyone 🙂


It’s All Coming To An End

With just 5 short  weeks of classes left, it’s hard to believe that my time as a University of Scranton is about to end. I now know how all my friends were feeling last year when they knew they were finished and I still had another year to look forward to. To say the past 5 years have been the most amazing of my life would be an understatement. I have learned and grown so much throughout my time here and I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to be a Scranton Royal.

With that being said, I am also excited to see what the next chapter of my life will bring. After I graduate in May, I will be completing a 12 week Level II fieldwork. I do not yet know where I will be doing this (or when for that matter) but I know for sure that’s next on my list.

Following the completing of my fieldwork, I will spend the next month or so studying for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam. The University offers a weekend review course at the end of September for those taking the exam to come back and learn some tips and tricks for the exam. I’m already looking forward to coming back that weekend and seeing familiar faces. The University’s new Rehabilitation building is also set to be completed by Fall 2015 so I am looking forward to seeing that, although I’m upset I won’t be able to use it!

It is also important to note that an individual can not even sit for the exam if they have not graduated from an accredited university. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association visited the University this past fall and we got accredited for the next 10 years, the highest accreditation there is!! This makes me feel confident that I truly have received amazing education over these past 5 years to prepare for my life in the real world.

Below is the link to the University of Scranton’s occupational therapy homepage if anyone is interested in finding out more about our one-of-a-kind program.

Have a good week!