Once I was accepted into occupational therapy school I wanted to do anything I could to prepare for school. When I was assigned my OT2 mentor she told me the most important thing I could do was enjoy myself and relax! I wanted to share what my summer before OT school looked like while still preparing for school.
Making a Routine: Routines are super important to me! Routines make me comfortable with change and help me handle stress. Due to the pandemic I’m not going in to work so giving my self a routine has been very beneficial. Some routines I created are cleaning my room every Sunday, washing towels/bedding on Wednesdays and clothes on Sundays, and going for a walk every evening after dinner. Putting certain activities or chores into a routine will make for an easy transition once I start school!
Reading: And no I do not mean textbooks! I have been an avid reader since I was younger. Throughout college my reading for enjoyment slowed down a ton. I was not as eager to read because I was reading texts and articles all the time. I have used this time to get back to enjoying reading!
RELAX: This is was very important one for me. As a Type A person, it is very hard for me to relax. I always want to be moving and doing something. I let myself binge watch Netflix, I gave myself manicures, and I do face masks. Just little things so when I begin school and I’m stressed I can have activities to relax me!
Organize Your Life: This tip is vague but it depends on the type of person you are! I am a strong believer in if your life is organized, then you will be too. For me, this means organizing my book shelves, setting up my school desk and ordering supplies so I’m prepared for online learning, and making sure my room is clean. Later on when I’m stressed, if I have everything else organized it will be easier to destress instead of worrying about everything.
Look Over Materials: This includes syllabi, course scheduling, course websites, and books/readings. First familiarize yourself with your course and everyday schedule. Make sure you add in time for studying, exercise, eating, sleeping, and anything else important to you. Next, look over the syllabi. If you use a planner/calendar system make sure you jot down important dates! Lastly, look over your books and readings. Personally (as of right now) I do not have a plan for my readings. What I have been doing is just familiarizing myself with the sections of the book and looking over what I’ll be learning.
While it may be important to prepare for the semester/quarter and study, I believe it is even more beneficial to make sure you are mentally prepared for graduate school. There will be plenty of studying and reading in the future so I wanted to make sure I have time to relax and have fun now. I think these tips are going to prepare me for a great first year and quarter!
Thanks for reading!