Other OT-Related Information De-stress about your MOT program experience here

Oct 3, 2014
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Hello all,

I thought some of us could benefit from an anonymous thread in which we share our triumphs, issues, and worries in our MOT program. :)
 

futureOTsj

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I haven't submitted yet and I'm freaking out over my personal statement. Lol! Thanks for this thread.
 
Jul 16, 2013
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4 midterms in the last 7 days. Last one is tomorrow. Stress of MOT programs at it's finest. haha. Otherwise, LOVE the program, couldn't have picked a better profession, and enjoy fieldwork the most out of anything. Did you start fieldwork yet?!
 
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Wow 4 midterms in 7 days?! Are you ready to be in a coma yet?? good luck tomorrow-You are so lucky to have this stress! So many people did not get into either their MOT of their choice or at all.

I started level 1 fieldwork at a rehab center and I love it so far! The rehab team has a great rapport and I am enjoying seeing the OTs work and physical modalities. That is probably my favorite thing out of anything also :)
 
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I haven't submitted yet and I'm freaking out over my personal statement. Lol! Thanks for this thread.
Oh, I remember sitting in front of my computers for god knows how many hours trying to churn a personal statement out. One of the hardest things for me was to articulate understanding of the profession. While I knew it in my gut and heart, it was just hard to describe in a succinct way that felt comfortable.

Once I adopted an "there is only so much I can do and control with what I have" attitude, it relieved some of the freaking out.
 
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futureOTsj

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Thanks! And sorry, I didn't read the title correctly. I hope that I'll be able to join in on this conversation soon enough!
 
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Thanks! And sorry, I didn't read the title correctly. I hope that I'll be able to join in on this conversation soon enough!
No worries :) I tried to change this title to include applicants too, but I do not see an edit function to this.

What schools are you applying to?

Right now, it is 10:30 pm and I have more reading to do and i am nervous about a role play discussion tomorrow...my worries can make me dread reading. Anyone else have this experience and tips?
 

futureOTsj

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I'm applying to San Jose state, Dominican university, Touro NV and Midwestern AZ. What program are you in now. Since it's 10:30pm I'm assuming your also in the West
Coast.
 
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I'm attending one of the public MOT programs in CA.

When are you turning in your application or SJSU and Dominican U?
 

c2902

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All I will say is that I wish there were more hours in a day! (And that I had a maid, who could cook, clean, run errands, etc for me - and a husband to pay rent or mortgage so I don't have to work would be nice!) Other than that, it's a great profession, and I'm really enjoying my program. I am in my second year and began my first fieldwork experience a few weeks ago. :)
 
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All I will say is that I wish there were more hours in a day! (And that I had a maid, who could cook, clean, run errands, etc for me - and a husband to pay rent or mortgage so I don't have to work would be nice!) Other than that, it's a great profession, and I'm really enjoying my program. I am in my second year and began my first fieldwork experience a few weeks ago. :)
Thank you c2902 for sharing the part about husband to pay rent or mortgage so you don't have to work. I often feel this when I am overwhelmed and it is nice to know I am not the only one who feels that way.

But when I am not stressed, I would not have it any other way to be honest (even if I did have a husband to pay rent, etc) My work is so meaningful to me AND gives me constant opportunities to review for school and practice all those traits/skills that an OT needs.

What do you do for work c2902?
 

futureOTsj

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For SJSU it's probably going to be around November. Didn't get the scores I wanted on either the MAT or GRE. So I would have to retake them. Since Dominican isn't rolling admissions it'll probably be around the time I submit for SJSU. I'm actually finishing my undergrad at SJSU and want to stay local. So crossing my fingers.
 

c2902

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Thank you c2902 for sharing the part about husband to pay rent or mortgage so you don't have to work. I often feel this when I am overwhelmed and it is nice to know I am not the only one who feels that way.

But when I am not stressed, I would not have it any other way to be honest (even if I did have a husband to pay rent, etc) My work is so meaningful to me AND gives me constant opportunities to review for school and practice all those traits/skills that an OT needs.

What do you do for work c2902?
I nanny part-time and teach a program called Music Together, which is a music/movement class for kids age 0-5 and their adult caregivers. I actually get to implement a lot of OT-related stuff in both jobs (obviously, I'm not doing therapy with anyone, but for example, the older of the two kids I nanny for is not going to preschool before kindergarten, so we are working on the fine-motor based school skills that he's otherwise not getting).
 
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I have 3 assignments, 1 presentation, and 1 device that we're supposed to make due next week. There is another assignment due in the following week, so that means I need to work with a "client" of my choosing next week too. And of course fieldwork and research is ongoing as if I had too much time to spare.
 
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Oct 16, 2014
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I am doing an activity analysis and I been doing it real carefully, looking at plenty of examples and what terms mean. Hopefully I will do it right this time around.
 
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In the next four weeks, I am going to have something due each week including a midterm. The class I have a midterm for, I really do not like. It is dry and I honestly do not like how it is taught. The midterm is 25% of our grade. I am very worried and picture myself failing out of the MOT program!

I also have another assignment due that is hard for me to do. It is a self reflection assignment in which we assess ourselves by looking at our lives. The emotionality of doing this is hard to get through at times...
 

Toby Tulsa

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to future OTRL Maybe reflect on your life through person, environment, occupation and performance (PEOP model)- that structure may give you room to reflect at a bit of a distance and therefore more control
 
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I started OT school in the fall and my schedule is always busy. More hours in the day would be great lol. It's hard but it is definitely worth it :)
 
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I have 3 assignments, 1 presentation, and 1 device that we're supposed to make due next week. There is another assignment due in the following week, so that means I need to work with a "client" of my choosing next week too. And of course fieldwork and research is ongoing as if I had too much time to spare.
I take a breath at times when it is overwhelming and remember many other applicants would wish for this stress!
 
Apr 8, 2014
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I along with my entire class hate our program and all of the crap we deal with on a daily basis. I dont know what its like to be in other programs, but the insanity at mine is just too much. I wish I could tell everyone thinking of applying to not do it and save their sanity for the next 2.5 years.
 

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would love to know why
I along with my entire class hate our program and all of the crap we deal with on a daily basis. I dont know what its like to be in other programs, but the insanity at mine is just too much. I wish I could tell everyone thinking of applying to not do it and save their sanity for the next 2.5 years.
 
Nov 24, 2014
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I along with my entire class hate our program and all of the crap we deal with on a daily basis. I dont know what its like to be in other programs, but the insanity at mine is just too much. I wish I could tell everyone thinking of applying to not do it and save their sanity for the next 2.5 years.
 
Nov 24, 2014
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I along with my entire class hate our program and all of the crap we deal with on a daily basis. I dont know what its like to be in other programs, but the insanity at mine is just too much. I wish I could tell everyone thinking of applying to not do it and save their sanity for the next 2.5 years.
@HUOT3 is it possible for you to dm me? I have so many questions regarding the school and would love input from a current student.
 
Sep 22, 2014
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I along with my entire class hate our program and all of the crap we deal with on a daily basis. I dont know what its like to be in other programs, but the insanity at mine is just too much. I wish I could tell everyone thinking of applying to not do it and save their sanity for the next 2.5 years.
Which program do you attend?
 
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Just to uplift the mood here, I'm loving my program. Any lurkers should take heed from these posts that just getting into a school to get your degree isn't a smart move. Make sure that you fit with your school choices, and make sure that the faculty and staff have your best interests in mind. Again, don't just go to a school because you can (especially non-accredited)...it could be a waste of time and money, and could turn you off from the whole profession.