Two years ago, I received the letter from the University of Plymouth regarding an ‘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.
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..
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.