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Pin Your Way Through School and Life
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First off, if you don’t have a Pinterest account, stop reading this and go create an account. Now that we have that squared away, Pinterest saves lives! I started using the site back in high school, and have continued now into my graduate studies. I can honestly say that I have used this resource countless times over the years. You can find almost anything you can think of on this site and save it by “pinning” it to different boards that you create. Plus they have an app which makes it super convenient to have on your phone. Pinterest is known for being the go-to place for DIY’s, which it is. But it is also my go-to place to find recipes, fitness motivation, and even hairstyle inspiration for my curly hair. Over the years of using Pinterest, I have created a lot of boards and pinned tons of things. I’d like to share some of the items I have saved and some tips on how to search and use the site:

  1. Meal Prepping
    Meal prepping makes balancing graduate school, work, and trying to eat healthy while on a budget doable. Personally, I am not a plain baked chicken, with plain rice, and plain veggies kind of girl. I like to eat well seasoned and spiced up food. This is where Pinterest helps me find new and exciting recipes to try. When searching for a new meal to try, it depends on the mood I am in. Sometimes I’ll search for quick easy dinners while other times I search for a specific dish like roasted vegetables. Here is a pin that has 30 minute meal prepping ideas.
  2. Self-Care
    Self-care is important at any stage in life. Finding time for self-care with a busy schedule can seem like a chore. At least for me it can be. Searching for self-care pins has broadened my perspective on what self-care means. One pin in particular that has helped me is 6 Types of Self-Care. This sight breaks self-care down into 6 categories: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, and sensory. Viewing self-care in this manner has helped me follow through with remembering to take time for myself.
  3. Study Habits
    Coming into graduate school, I had a pretty good idea of what study habits worked for me. I am a visual learner and I need to write things out so I can get kinesthetic feedback. However, with different classes and types of materials, sometimes I need to switch up my study approach. Search terms such as study habits college or study habits for exams have provided useful tips.
  4. OT Interventions
    Believe it or not, you can even find OT intervention ideas on Pinterest. This past summer, I did my level II fieldwork at an outpatient sensory integration clinic. Towards the end of my fieldwork, I managed my own caseload of clients and was responsible for creating interventions, or activities, for each client based on their age, diagnosis, and interests. In searching OT interventions for kids on Pinterest, I came across a fun pizza making craft activity that I then tailored to match the skills that clients were working towards to meet their goals. Making pizza was a hit with my clients! They were very engaged!

Long story short… there are pins out there for everything. Pinterest has millions of ideas that you can add your own spin to and make your own. Just play around with search terms and word combinations. Happy pinning!

*Disclaimer: Not sponsored by Pinterest. I just wanted to pass along a resource.*

Kat

Plan. Period!
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The new semester is starting and I already have tons of things on my to-do list. Whats my game plan for the semester? A PLANNER!! During the fall semester I will be in the Adult Rehab immersion, working as a student ambassador for the Chan Division, and trying to balance life with family and friends. Personally, I find that a planner saves my life during a busy season. Writing due dates for assignments, work schedule, and dates with friends helps me keep track of upcoming events and how to prioritize my week. Having a visual aid for me to help support my completion of tasks and responsibilities is something that could also be done with a client to support their engagement in meaningful occupations.

Kickboxing, running, cooking, and hanging out with friends are some of my favorite occupations. With a busy semester ahead, it is important for me to make time for my meaningful occupations in order to stay sane and find a little time for self-care. Finding activities that help you rejuvenate, clear your mind, and that you enjoy are an important part of living a balanced life. I am able to find time for my favorite occupations by planning ahead and using time management skills. By practicing these skills on myself, I am able to refine them so I can implement or adjust them with future clients.

There are many ways to stay organized, such as using Google Calendar, reminders on your phone, sticky notes on your mirror, or old school paper and pen. All in all, be an OT and get creative. Find the method that works best for you! It may also work for a future client!