Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
-Confucius-Choosing a major is a pretty difficult task! I mean how are you supposed to know at 18 what you want to do until your 68? Though it is a very tough decision, once you finally find the field you enjoy so much that you could see yourself there for the rest of your life, it's almost like a huge revelation, and, finally, you know you're exactly where you're supposed to be. For me, this took me a little longer than I actually expected.
I came to South Alabama certain that I was going to be a Physical Therapist - like no ifs, ands, or buts about it. I got my track and started on my basics then I went to shadow one day, and I realized that PT wasn't exactly what I thought it was. Because of this, I soon decided that I was not in the right field for me. But what was I going to do now since I had never looked at any other majors? I scheduled a meeting with my advisor and voiced my concerns to her, and she told me I should look at occupational therapy. Like what even is that?! I mean I had two friends who were going into OT, but it wasn't like I had ever talked to them about what it was; after all, I knew PT was for me before now. So with that, I went back to my room and started doing a little research...which turned into a lot of research...which turned into me looking for hours at OT stuff. I had fallen in love with the field of OT. The next day I went to the advising office and had my official change of major filled out and signed, and that's where it all started. For the next two-ish years, I worked on all of my pre-requisite courses and joined the Pre-OT Club (and became the Vice President my Junior year). Then on April 1st of 2014, I was incredibly honored by South's OT Department to be chosen as one of the few advanced undergraduate students accepted into the OT program for their Senior year - which I still to this day consider one of my biggest accomplishments. Now you can fast forward to Fall 2015 and my second year of OT school, and I will still tell you that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, I am more than certain that I chose the best career for me, and I absolutely cannot wait to graduate from OT school and begin the career I love next December. To say it hasn't been crazy and busy would be a lie, but when you're completely loving what you're doing, it makes it hard to think on the occasional negatives.
|my crazy, sometimes dysfunctional OT family|