Nine weeks ago, I started my second placement with a Plymouth based charity called START (Student and Refugees Together). Nine weeks later, I am speechless as to how much I have changed. Truth be told, I did not have the best beginning of this placement, I was questioning whether START would provide me with the opportunity to develop the skills as a competent occupational therapist. Thankfully, I was wrong about that.Read More
Last year I wasn't so much into attending conferences or continuous professional development events. After a year of studying and being on placements, I realise grasping the opportunity to learn is central to my training to become a qualified occupational therapist. The University and my placement educator were so supportive when I asked if I could attend external events as part of my learning. Therefore, I made sure that I was able to go to the annual OTs show in Birmingham. On a Tuesday night, I jumped into my car and set off for the journey and little did I know that what I'd learn during the different keynote speeches over the two days would shape my view in how occupational therapy can really make a difference to peoples’ lives.Read More
I began my occupational therapy training with a single vision, to make a difference to people’s lives. Without a lot of insight of what it actually means, I had it in my mind that my role is simply to help others to participate in what is meaningful to them. If a person has a disability, whether it is a physical or learning type of disability, I will help them to overcome it as much as we can together. Through my learning in occupational science, I got to understand the importance of ‘occupation’, how essential it is to the people’s everyday life and the role of occupational therapist. However, after attending a very special conference about occupational therapy, I no longer believe I understood it all.Read More
I often wondered how I would apply the things that I have learnt from the classroom in reality, especially when things in real life can be so unpredictable. A few months ago, I was working on a case study and came across an interesting story. It is about a man with physical disability who wanted to participate in a running race with his father, so they did it together with the help of a purposely built wheelchair. The things that I find the most interesting is not so much about the special wheelchair, it is how this man with physical disability was able to be part of the race and experience the atmosphere.Read More
September is a very special month for Plymouth as a city, because this is the time the University hold their graduation every year. The beautiful view of the sea by the Hoe and the elegant marquees are simply breath-taking. Although I graduated from my undergrad degree five years ago, today, I am back to the same place with the alumni team to congratulate the graduates.
The lovely thing of being part of the graduation is that you get to see the academics, family and friends, all celebrating what they have achieved together. At times, I sense the joy, sadness, excitement or anxious feelings from the all graduates in one place. I totally get it; when you work so hard and make so many connections with others during you time at the University, how could you not feel sad? It’s like we first came with empty hands but are leaving with the most precious diamond in the world. (Just so you know this is an analogy, you don’t actually get any diamonds 🤷♂️)Read More