The end is also a beginning
Four years ago, I was a fishing reporter living in Arkansas. That version of myself would never recognize the me I have become. My life has forever changed, and I have been enriched by the imprint these two years have made on my life.
I learned how to open myself to life and the people that come into it, forming friendships I hope will last a lifetime.
I learned a lot about disability – in a sense, we are all disabled in some way or another – is there even such a thing as normal? I learned how to define occupational therapy. I did it so many times, I will probably have a dream where someone asks me “Does OT mean ‘overtime’?” And then I spend the next five minutes explaining what occupational therapy is. I’m not even kidding. This is going to happen.
I imagine coming to OT school at USC is kind of like going to school at Hogwarts, minus the wands, flying brooms and Argus Filch, of course. There is something special about being selected to the top program in the country and then spending two years getting to know every little nuance of the buildings, professors, and classmates that occupy the space with you. It’s like life stands still for two years – a period of shelter from the world of work, adulthood, and responsibility. Those things still exist in graduate school, of course, but they are different somehow – more temporal in nature.
For those about to begin the journey into the depths of the occupational therapy profession, good luck to you. For those that still dream about that journey, keep working towards it. What lies in the hallowed halls of USC’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is worth everything you put into it.
Hi, I remember you. You showed me around the USC campus during the second week of December of last year…well, where where the OT program is housed anyway. I just wanted to extend my heartfelt congratulations on completing your academic journey at USC, and the best of luck as you venture on a new journey as a catalyst for helping others to live life to the fullest as they possibly can!