πŸŽ“My GraduationπŸŽ“

In the past two years of my postgraduate study, there were many ups and downs. Not only I was pushed to the limited academically, the challenge of maintaining a work life balance was one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with. But each time I thought I couldn’t carry on; I found the motivation by imagining myself on the stage graduating with my friends. This day has come, my graduation is here for me to celebrate the end of this wonderful chapter.

 

As I arrived to pick up my grown, I was reunited with the familiar faces of the academics who spend recentness amount of time helping me with my assignments. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication in teaching me how theory can be applied in practice, showing me the kind of Occupational Therapist that I can become. Through this course, I have also made some beautiful friendship that I love and adore. My friends, continuously showing me the kindness and encouragement that I much needed and it is my privilege to graduating with you today. After a brief catch up, we were called to take our seats and the ceremony begins.

 

As each graduate was called to the collect their certificate, you could hear the cheering and whooping off the roof! When it was my turn, I ran across the stage with my hands waving up in the air as I could not hold my excitement. If you have seen β€˜Friends’ before, just imagine me running like Phoebe Buffay! Once the ceremony was brought to the close, all academics form a guard of honour for the graduates. Knowing that I have done everyone that was part of my journey proud, I walked through it with pride and joy.

 

Two years ago, I was asked β€œWhat do I hope to gain from my postgraduate study in Occupational Therapy?”, I said β€œa learning experience that I will never forget!” I surely did. All the assignments and interactive lectures enabled me to develop the core skills as an Occupational Therapist with a critical mind. The group activities with my fellow course mates and placement opportunities helped me to channel my passion in being an advocate for those in needs. Of course, how can I not mention the enjoyment in completing my research was unlike anything that I have ever experienced. Who would have though research in Occupational Science can be linked to the experience of the Harry Potter fandom! All of these feelings weren’t obvious to me at the time, but looking back, I am so grateful of them and love every moment of it. 

 

As a newly qualified Occupational Therapist, I have still got a lot of learning so I can develop and progress to the next stage of my career. This path that I have chosen certainly required a substantial investment of time and finance, nonetheless, I would have made the same decision over and over again. Because this is one of the best things I have ever done in my life, one that I would always look back with a smile.

 

Final note: I was not born as an Occupational Therapist, but I have evolved to be one at the University of Plymouth.

 

πŸ“ƒ My final days as Postgraduate Student πŸ“ƒ

Two years ago, I received the letter from the University of Plymouth regarding an β€˜Unconditional Offer’ to study the MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-reg). It was one of the most exciting and scary moments of my life. There I was, preparing my life as a student again and to immerse myself to a world that I knew very little about. Two years on, right here, right now, I am trying to gather my thoughts for the last two years as a postgraduate student at the University of Plymouth.

 
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It took me a while to work out how to begin this blog post - a mixed feeling of proud, joy, excitement for the future and tiredness rushed through my head at the same time. It is difficult to measure where the last two years has gone. Was it based on the number of placement hours that I have completed? What about the number of assignments that I have passed? The amount of coffee that I have drunk while studying? Or the learning experience that I shared with my friends from the course? It is hard to say which is more relevant and I guess it does not matter as I have gained so much - whichever way you look at it.

 I want to become an Occupational Therapist because, simply, I want to make a difference to the world that I live in. That is still true in many ways, but what I did not realise was that throughout the last two years, I would change and evolve beyond what I could imagine. My placement experience taught me how I could be the change agent in people’s lives. Whether they have a learning disability; or problems in adjusting to life in a strange environment as a refugee; or a patient in a hospital that is acutely unwell but wishes to go home, I was challenged to be brave in making clinical, sound decisions from a holistic view.  With my learning experience, I have grown to be more confident in being critical in how I apply the theories I have learnt whilst moving forward in the profession. I owe this to my placement providers, educators, my friends and every single teaching staff member at the University..

 
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In the next few weeks, my result will be reviewed by the University and subject to the confirmation of me passing the degree, I will be a qualified Occupational Therapist and working in the community shortly afterwards. Of course, I cannot wait to be in practice and getting to know the people that I will be working with, but right now I am looking forward to being on the stage in September, graduating with my friends and sharing that special moment with them. Hopefully, in my next blog post, I will be able to give you a feel of how unique that experience is. 😊

 The health and adult care system will continue to be challenging but Steve Jobs was crazy enough to think that he could change the way humans communicate with each other - and he did. We can be the same, to be the crazy one to change the system.

 

πŸ₯ My Final Placement πŸ₯

πŸ₯ My Final Placement πŸ₯

Being on placement is one of the best parts of studying a postgraduate degree at the University of Plymouth, because it really allows you to apply what you have learned in the class room to a real word environment. After my placement with the learning disability team and the charity for the refugees, I was very eager to find out where my final placement would be.

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πŸ“š Researching at Postgraduate Level πŸ“š

πŸ“š Researching at Postgraduate Level πŸ“š

As 2019 gets in to full swing, it’s time to get my head down back to my studies and focus on my final placement. But today, I would like to talk to you about my postgraduate research as part of my MSc Occupational Therapy programme. Spoiler alert, it’s something to do with Harry Potter!

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πŸ’­ Considering Postgraduate Study πŸ’­

πŸ’­ Considering Postgraduate Study πŸ’­

About eighteen months ago, I raised a few people’s eyebrows by announcing my decision to leave the marketing sector to become an occupational therapist. It was not an easy decision, as it involved parting from a full-time job, taking out additional student loan, and being fully committed to academic study at postgraduate level. Making such a decision was not something that I was going to take it lightly, and at times, it was a bit overwhelming. Nonetheless, I did a simple mind-mapping exercise and it really helped me to have the clarity that I needed. If you are considering doing a postgraduate degree, I hope you will find this blog post useful.

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