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Back at School for the MSOT program at CSUDH!


You all may be wondering why I posted this photo and why Ethan took what was probably the biggest yawn of his young life. This was taken at the info session for the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. I had to bring Ethan with me because Daddy Steve was at work. I was so proud of Ethan because he was able to peacefully hang out in his stroller at the back of the auditorium for the whole duration of the info session which was two hours!

Hanging out with Mommy outside the academic counseling office

I already had this feeling that I wanted to eventually become a professional in the field of serving special needs children. And ever since I started this blog and Ethan got diagnosed my interest in the field of pediatric therapy grew. I attended the info session to see if studying Occupational Therapy would indeed be for me. I decided to take the plunge! I just ended my second week back in school at El Camino College, taking my prerequisites as part of my preparation for applying for the MSOT program September 2020.

It was by no means an easy decision. I have been working in the field of digital marketing for 12 years, and the only natural step would be go on to a more senior role in marketing. I will still be working my current job as a communications manager, which is from home and offers a lot of flexibility. Sometimes, sitting in a classroom with students in their late teens or early 20s, I wonder if just did something crazy. But I know in my heart that I want to do this. It has felt so good whenever I would help other special needs parents or children, and I’ve attended several free classes at Harbor Regional Center, cultivating my interest. I sat in all of Ethan’s OT/PT and Speech sessions, and I’d always been a tiny bit envious of his therapists and was imagining how great it must be to work in a job where you make a difference in people’s lives every single day.

I am currently taking Statistics, Anatomy and Psychology. At first I was petrified about taking a math and science class. I hadn’t taken math and science since 1998, when I was completing my B.A. at the University of the Philippines! I didn’t have to take a single math or science class when I was completing my M.A. in English either. I was full of anxiety during the first meeting but relaxed when I met my groupmates for the semester. The teacher also had us write something for the first assignment, an activity that is very dear and familiar to me. We wrote about our mathematical histories. On my second week, I aced the first exam for statistics and my first quiz for anatomy. I am feeling pretty good!

As the days pass, I become more and more convinced that I made the right decision. I am also working on applying for volunteer opportunities. I am excited at the prospect of being on the other side of the counter. I have been an autism parent watching my son as he received services, now I will helping provide services to other special needs kids! I am hoping to get into the volunteer program at Pediatric Therapy Network spring next year.

Wish me luck on this new adventure! I feel like my life has just begun.

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