So you’ve been accepted, you’ve sent in a deposit, and now you get to start classes, right? Well, it’s a pretty long process that requires some patience and mental preparation. After getting accepted and securing my seat in my cohort, there seemed to be many months to go until classes started. Securing a seat was the biggest burden off my shoulders. My stress disappeared and reality began to set in (in the best ways possible). Time passed by and I anxiously awaited to hear from professors about classes and other necessary summer requirements.
Around June/early July, information was finally emailed out on how to start preparing for the start of September classes. I was SUPER excited and finally felt like I could start working towards my goal of becoming an OT. A private Facebook page was set up for our cohort so that we could communicate with fellow classmates throughout the summer and throughout our semesters together. All very exciting stuff if you ask me!
We also received summer anatomy & physiology material to review which we will be quizzed on during the first week of classes. I’ve followed my own studying plan to review & study all of the information and as of right now I have one more week of material to review. However, in the remaining weeks leading up to the start of classes, I will religiously review all the information over and over again.
In the past few weeks, professors have also started to send out emails with textbook requirements and syllabi. So far, I have 8 textbooks in my room and I am waiting for a few more to be delivered. I believe I will have 10 textbooks this semester for my five total classes. Luckily, most of these books will be used over and over again for future classes so I’m hoping that the remaining semesters won’t be so costly on the textbook front of grad school finances.
I also have summer reading to complete and summer assignments – much of which have been dependent on receiving textbooks in the mail. Even with all the summer work (and stress of reviewing anatomy), I am genuinely excited and intrigued to learn so much information throughout the MSOT program! I feel like I’ve been out of school for so long which has motivated me to want to start learning again!
We also had orientation last week where I got to meet my classmates & a few professors. We learned about our preceptors (advisors) and I also learned who I will be a graduate assistant for upon the start of the semester. We were given our class schedule (18 credits, four 4-credit classes and one 2-credit class, 4 days/week) and have lots of exciting events to look forward to throughout our fall semester.
After orientation, the second year students gathered the majority of my cohort for dinner at a nearby pub. It was nice to mingle with my future classmates and get some advice from the second years. I absorbed as much information as I could (and the nachos I had were pretty tasty too!).
Classes start in less than one month. I am very excited. But mostly, I am anxious in the best way possible (and “anxious” isn’t a word I usually use in a positive way). I can’t wait to get to know my classmates & professors more. I can’t wait to start learning and expanding my knowledge. I can’t wait to officially start the journey of school for health care professionals (HCPs) because I know how much there is to learn and how many opportunities I’ll have in the future to make a difference in the lives of people who need guidance, hope, and whole-hearted care in their lives.
As I wait and prepare for the start of classes, I will continue to personally reflect on how grateful I am to be given this opportunity to become an OT. The feeling of gratitude in the past few months have grown exponentially because every day I am reminded that I am one day closer to living my dream – and that will forever make my OT heart happy.