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Written by Jasmin Torres, Published on October 30, 2018

Interview season is upon us, causing thousands of potential occupational therapy (OT) students copious amounts of stress. From checking your email every 5 minutes in class or at work, to clearing your schedule when you finally nail the interview, there is a lot that goes into interview preparation and applying to OT school. Once you get the interview, you worry about what to wear, how to prepare for the weather (especially if you’re living in harsh winter climate), transportation and what to bring with you on interview day. Most importantly, how do you make an impression in the short amount of time that you are actually being interviewed?

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Topics:applying to grad schoolGrad Schoolinterviewinterviewsot schooltips for occupational therapy studentsundergrad OT

Written by Devin Diedrich, Published on September 11, 2018

Fieldwork placements come with all sorts of “new”: new setting, new commute, new knowledge, new experiences, new co-workers, new clinical instructors. And as if juggling all this newness isn’t challenging enough, some OT students get the added bonus of dealing with a clinical instructor who is not so inviting and supportive of their learning experience. What do you do when you wind up with a difficult OT fieldwork educator?

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Topics:ClinicalfieldworkGrad SchoolLevel 2 fieldworklevel IItips for occupational therapy students

Written by Chelsea Wehrman, Published on August 21, 2018

To begin with, level II fieldwork is an overwhelming experience. You are in a new and unfamiliar setting, you typically meet your supervisor the day you begin, and you may have no idea the expectations they have for you. For the first four weeks, you are a nervous wreck every time you walk through those doors. But it gets better. You learn. You listen. You observe. You become friends with your supervisor (hopefully!) and look forward to work every morning.

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Topics:fieldworkGrad SchoolLevel 2 fieldworklevel IImental healthtips for occupational therapy students

Written by Caitlin Meador, Published on August 14, 2018

Congratulations: you made it to graduate school and are pursuing your dream career of being an occupational therapist! Now that you are in grad school, things are different than undergrad. You are likely in a small cohort of around 30 people, with a few faculty members who teach all of your classes. These faculty members are key to your success. They serve as teachers, mentors, and guides on the journey of becoming an occupational therapist. For this reason, it's important to know a few basic principles on how to create a good relationship with the faculty at your school. Knowing how to communicate with faculty — and how it's different from how you interacted with your professors as an undergraduate — is key to fostering these relationships.

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Topics:communicationGrad Schooltips for occupational therapy students

Written by Jasmin Torres, Published on June 19, 2018

Whether you are enrolled in a master’s or a doctorate program, you could find yourself taking at least one class during the upcoming summer semester. Taking even just one course during the summer can be a dramatically different experience than your Fall or your Spring semester. As soon as the weather becomes nicer, it can become increasingly harder to stay focused in summer and not run outside the moment the sun comes out.

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Topics:Grad Schoolsocial mediasummer breaktips for occupational therapy students

Written by Julie Wolfman, OTD, OTR, Published on March 27, 2018

Why I’m excited to go to AOTA as an OT student

The AOTA Annual Conference & Expo isn’t only for super successful OTRs/COTAs who have their school days behind them.

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Topics:AOTAAOTA conferenceconferenceNew Grad Successot schooltips for occupational therapy students

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