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Why I Chose the OTD
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For me, returning to school to pursue a second Master’s degree felt like running into a deep and dark tunnel.  Despite this, the first time I stepped foot into CHP for an informational session of the program, I had a sense that I was becoming a part of something great. The amazing faculty, robust programs, and sense of community among others, has always made me proud to be a Trojan.  I must admit that there were times I would get overwhelmed and second guess whether I would be able to power through to graduation. Then Fall Semester of my second year came.  I was hesitant.  The idea of staying on for the OTD had always been at the back of my mind from day one. However, I found myself questioning if even know where I wanted to be for my residency.  I still had one immersion left.  What I needed at that time was to “OT myself”.  After taking a step back and allowing myself to breathe, I made a list of the pros and cons of applying for the OTD.  I reflected on my initial inspiration of why I wanted to be an OT.  Having this visual, and having taken the time to re-connect with my goals, I was able to see that all the amazing qualities of Chan that inspired me to apply for the Masters, stood true of the Doctorate.  However this time, I wasn’t running into darkness unarmed.  With me were all the tools of an entry-level practitioner.  Now that I am beginning my residency, I strongly feel that I made the right choice.  I find myself better positioned to expand my knowledge to elevate my future practice with the support of my mentor, Dr. Rebecca Aldrich, and the Chan Division.  Moving forward, I am excited to share with you my experience and hope to provide useful insights into OTD.