Why I Chose OT
Happy Labor Day :D.
I’m so happy today is a holiday because that means that classes don’t start til tomorrow! Since my busy grad school schedule is starting up again I may not be able to post every day anymore. This makes me sad because blogging is something I’ve come to love so much! However, I also don’t want it to feel like a chore and stress myself out over having time to do it.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are my busier class days. I was thinking that I would set up a blogging “schedule” so that you guys no which days I will be posting. I would like to do 3 days during the week and one weekend day, so Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and then either Saturday or Sunday. If I have an exam or some crazy busy week, those days may change, but I’ll try to let you guys know!
I hope this isn’t a problem…and I hope you all will still read because I love you :).
Ok, now in an effort to get me motivated for classes (if that’s even possible) I thought I’d share with you why I decided to choose occupational therapy as a career path.
First off, what is occupational therapy? People always ask me if it’s helping people get jobs…no, it’s not.
- Occupation itself can be defined in many ways, but essentially, it covers all of the daily activities that an individual participates in and that have meaning or value to them.
- Occupation can include emotional, psychological, and physically observable “activities”.
- Occupational therapy helps people participate in the activities they want and need to do. Therapy occurs through the use of everyday activities- so, instead of helping a person who has difficulty feeding themself through the use of strength or fine motor skill exercises, you could actually create a therapeutic intervention that involves feeding oneself and you would adapt the process to their needs.
Why did I choose OT?
I’ve always wanted to be in a profession where I was helping others. Originally, I wanted to be a doctor but my heart was never fully in it. Then I thought about nursing, but when I thought about why I wanted to do it, I couldn’t really think of any good reasons. I think that’s because I just couldn’t see myself only interacting with a person on a medical level…I wanted to have more of an interaction with a patient. I also thought about physical therapy, but after interning at rehab facility for people with spinal cord injuries, I recognized that I was always wanting to do more than just help with movement related functions.
That was when I discovered occupational therapy. My best friend was applying to PT schools and she suggested that I shadow an OT. I did, and completely fell in love with the field.
Here are some of the sentences from my personal statement that I used when applying to grad school:
My desire to become a doctor lessened as I realized I wanted to assist people not just physically, but mentally and emotionally to enable them to achieve full and functional lives. When I discovered that occupational therapy deals with each of these components, I fell in love with the field.
Occupational therapy is appealing because its approach in increasing quality of life is holistic, and it will be rewarding to help patients with their complications in unique and creative ways that are meaningful to them.
In a hospital inpatient rehab center, I observed an elderly woman recovering from a brain tumor work on regaining her ability to grocery shop. In an elementary school, I saw a boy with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism work on sensory integration and fine motor skills. I was fascinated by how therapeutic practices were customized for the physical, psychological and emotional needs of the individual.
Another thing that I love about OT is that there is great deal of variety in what you can do.
- An OT can work with all age ranges.
- Job settings include, but are not limited to: hospitals, private practice, school, nursing home, in-home, office/industry
- Areas of practice can include: physical dysfunction, psychological dysfunction, driving rehab, ergonomics, assistive devices and technology, pain management, work rehab, etc.
This is a great thing for me because I tend to change my mind a lot…so I don’t think I will ever get bored with all of the things in my field :).
Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys an insight into why I’m in grad school for OT! Hope you all have fabulous Labor Days!
Are you okay with me changing my posting schedule?
Had you ever heard of OT before? What did you think it was?
What do you want to do with your life?