My Interdisciplinary Studies major is called Pre Occupational Therapy. It includes a range of disciplines such as, Sociology, Psychology, Childhood Studies, and Biology. My IDS essay talks about the courses that apply to my program in great detail and how if I were just to be a Science or Childhood Studies major I would not gain all the skills needed to be an OT. My future goal is to become an Occupational Therapist. I will be helping people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. The different psychology courses I have taken have showed me the specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury. The childhood studies courses I have taken have taught me how to help kids with various needs to improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Each of the courses I have taken in different disciplines have contributed to my program and education.
My research article was on how technology usage is altering the field of Occupational Therapy in several ways. The topics covered in my research article were the reality of prosthetics, better treatment of children with cognitive and physical damages, fine motor skills, use of splinting, and assistive devices. This research contributed to my education in several ways. Not only is technology altering the field of OT but many other fields as well. The knowledge I have gained while doing research will truly benefit me in the future when I am finally in the field.
My applied project was a website I created focusing on Occupational Therapy and different aspects of the field. My home page was a brief introduction about who I am and what my goal was for the readers coming across my website. While scrolling down you will see I talked about my journey to becoming an OT and the bumps I faced along the way. The different pages on my blog included the definition of OT, the advancements of technology and how it is altering the field, a personal story, and a section about if OT is the right path for you. The last section I included was if you are considering a career in OT then check out some of these links to learn more. This contributed to my education because the knowledge I gained I got to put into a personal blog to hopefully teach other readers what I had learned.
The research article and applied project both contributed to my education and my occupation. The courses I choose to take for my program allowed me to gain the skills and knowledge I need to be an OT rather than if I were just to stick to one major. All of the knowledge and skills I gained through each of the classes I have taken at Plymouth will apply to my occupation in the future. I am so ready to for the next chapter of my life and to be one step closer to becoming an OT. I would not be where I am today without the Interdisciplinary Studies major here at Plymouth State. This major allowed me to create my own major by offering courses in all different departments. I was given the opportunity to learn from different departments and tied them all together to give me an education that I will use for my career. I was able to take courses I was passionate about and were all beneficial to me in the end.