What am I doing here?

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So I have recently stumbled upon the idea of a change in major and possibly career path. To this point I have wanted to be an Occupational Therapist for children with special needs. But now this is being called into question…and I don’t know what the answer is.

Reasons:

  • OT grad school: a 3-part rotation between pediatrics, jeriatrics and mental health. I know that I don’t want to work 2 of these areas(and if you know me you can guess which ones). So I don’t see the point in having to do the rotation. I get it if you are unsure…but if there is no space for change in your plan…then what’s the point????
  • The coarsework for this major is SCIENCE based….I am not good at science! When I was considering this career, people were telling me just that….science based…but I figured things would work out. What people have told me, and what I have observed point me to OT; so why is it so hard to get there?!?!?!

“Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.”

This is what I want to be doing, why is it so hard to get to a place where I can make this happen…God, is this not where you want me?? Are you trying to tell me something?

****** “In schools, for example, they evaluate children’s capabilities, recommend and provide therapy, modify classroom equipment, and help children participate in school activities. A therapist may work with children individually, lead small groups in the classroom, consult with a teacher, or serve on an administrative committee. Some therapists provide early intervention therapy to infants and toddlers who have, or are at risk of having, developmental delays…”

I talked with a friend of mine tonight who is a senior in the exercise science major and  trying to get into Pacific University’s OT Grad School. From this conversation as well as previous, she has a pretty good idea of what I want to be doing as a career, it’s the same as her. The answer is seeming to be OT….here’s my dilemma. How do I get to where I want to be without all the unnecessary middle stuff…is there a way? or is there a way that I can do what I want to do but it be considered something different??? there are soo many questions and I don’t know what I am going to do.

One of the whole reasons that I chose this school was because of it’s OT Grad school…not the smartest decision of my life…I know…but I did none the less. And now that may have been a pointless aspect of it????

This is going to be a journey…

xoxo sarah

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One response »

  1. I think you have come to a major adult realization: deciding what to do with your life is an endless journey that never stops evolving. And unfortunately sometimes that pointless junk in the middle becomes the most life changing.
    You are 18, you will change paths many many times. Try not to stress too much about it, or look back and regret what decisions you have made based on what you thought. Enjoy it! Thus is life!!! Miss you!!

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