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  • I Graduated!

         I graduated!  I cannot believe that it is over.  I’m done with school.  I’m done with fieldwork.  It is all up to me now.  It hasn’t sunk in yet.  I have been waiting for this for over 2 years and now it’s finally here.     Going back to school at 29 years old was the ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on December 18, 2012
  • My Final Placement

    What a crazy week!  I started my final fieldwork placement in an acute care setting at a major hospital.  Talk about culture shock.  It is a whole different world there and I am scrambling to learn what I need to survive the next 7 weeks.  Everyone keeps telling me that I will see a lot there.  I have no doubt about ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on October 26, 2012
  • Anxiety Over My Next Placement

         Yesterday I found out where I would be placed for my final level 2.  I will be in acute care in a busy inner-city hospital.  I am a bit anxious about this placement.  Up to this point, I have been in adult day care, pediatric physical disabilities and pediatric development disabilities.  I have ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on September 21, 2012
  • OT Glasses

         One of my instructors has been telling us for months to put on our “OT glasses” and look at the world.  Most recently, we were told this when a student expressed concern that many of our level 1 fieldwork placements are not in facilities that offer occupational therapy.  We were all unsure of what to expect or ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on January 18, 2012
  • Semester Burn Out

    It happens every sememster, regardless of the class load or subjects, inevitably I get burnt out.  This semester it happened last week.  I have been completely unmotivated this week which is unfortunate because I have had a lot to do including a my first home evaluation that is due tomorrow.  It's almost done.  This has ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on November 16, 2011
  • Adaptation Projects

         I am working on some interesting assignments for school this week that has really gotten me excited. First of all, I had to make some sort of adaptive equipment. This was quite interesting and I had so many ideas! How many were practical, who knows, but I enjoyed coming up with the ideas. In the end I made a dressing ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on November 2, 2011
  • Uniform Terminology versus the Framework

         Since my first Intro to OTA class we have exclusively used the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework for everything.  It is our bible for writing papers, observations, documentation, activity analyses and so on.  At the end of that Intro class we were handed an copy of the AOTA's Uniform Terminology for ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on October 26, 2011
  • OTA Program Week 1

         I am almost through with my first week in the OTA program and I am overwhelmed with information.  I have attended 4 of my 5 classes for the term and I can see how they are all going to be challenging in their own ways.  I was most concerned about my Neuro class, but I think that it actually will not be so ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on September 28, 2011
  • Preparing for the New Semester

          By this time next week classes will have started.  I’ve been busy trying to enjoy my last little bit of break while also trying to prepare for the new semester and the start of the program.  So far, I’m on track; I’ve registered for classes, bought all my text books (that have been assigned anyways), bought ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on September 21, 2011
  • Waiting

         I’ve been out of school for about a week now and it has beena long week of waiting.  First I had to wait to get my final grades which seemed to take forever or a whole 2 days.  I am happy to report that both grades were good.  I immediately emailed my grades to my program head to be added to my application ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on August 31, 2011
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