Program: Masters of Occupational Therapy
Year in Program: 2
I was initially inspired by my desire to help others. I knew that I wanted to work in a profession that had versatility, that incorporated a team environment, and that focused on a strengths-based recovery model rather than an illness-centric view. As soon as I discovered occupational therapy, I realized this was the program I needed to pursue. I have seen first-hand how occupational engagement can make a big difference in someone’s life. My grandmother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) more than thirty years ago. I have watched the progression of her disease but I have also seen the power of her involvement in her chosen occupations such as painting and swimming. Having meaningful jobs gave her opportunities to feel strength and joy and, I believe, slowed the progression of the MS. I wanted to pursue a degree that could help enable others to engage in jobs that are important to them, and to provide the tools, advocacy, and resources to make that happen.
I chose UBC because of the smaller class sizes, the prestige of the program, and the beautiful location. I grew up on Vancouver Island and am so grateful for all of the opportunities the West Coast provides: the hiking, the mild climate, and the eco-centered way of living. I was also drawn to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at UBC because of the emphasis they put on life-long learning (which is a core value of myself and my family), and the department’s vision of “health and participation for all.” My goal is to provide care for diverse peoples and to help build a society that puts inclusion at the forefront, and I wanted to be part of a program that shares this view.
I am very excited to be able to travel again. Travelling to Iceland is at the top of my bucket list because there is so much to explore. From geothermal pools, to glaciers, caves, and even newly active volcanoes. I would love to see it all and experience the local culture and cuisine. I think that since the pandemic began, we have all been yearning for a little travelling. I am hopeful that within the next few years we might be able to do that safely again.