Cheers to the New Year

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Happy New Year!!! I can’t believe it’s already 2019, it feels like I just graduated high school yesterday! 2019 will be full of a lot of changes for me. I will graduate with my bachelors degree and begin my Masters in Occupational Therapy. I will also move to a different location and be buying my first apartment! Lots of exciting things in store for the new year!

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I wanted to share some of my main goals for the upcoming year:

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Here is a picture of on my school’s trip to London, this was a huge step out of my comfort zone for me. I started off not knowing anyone and ended up meeting 13 new people!

 

 

1) Try new things This has been a goal that I am constantly working on every year. The past 4 years I have tried many new things and I am so proud of myself for that! I want to continue with this goal and go even further. Here is a great article from Wanderlust that inspired me to move outside my comfort zone!

2) Eat more veggies I’ll be honest now, I was never the biggest vegetable fan ever. So my goal for the new year is to try really hard to get at least one vegetable with every meal. I have always been a picky eater so trying new foods was never my thing. But I am determined to try some new vegetables even if it is covered in butter.

3) Use my phone less With the new Screen Time feature on the Iphones, it has made me realise how much time I am spending on my phone when I could be doing other things. My goal for this year is to use my phone, social media, and computer less. The world has become so revolved around technology, it is consuming people. Instead of playing on my phone before I fall asleep at night, I will read for 20-30 minutes instead.

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4) Self-care Over the past year I have discovered the importance of taking care and time for yourself. Taking time in the day to recharge and relax is something I need in order to function. Some of my favourite ways are diffusing essential oils, using my salt lamp, doing a facial, spending some time in the studio and watching some Sex and the City. Here is a cute “Self Care Menu” I found on Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

What are your goals and resolutions for the new year? Comment below!

Cheers!

xoxo

How to Get into Occupational Therapy School

 

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I recently got accepted for my Masters in Occupational Therapy and I am super excited about it! I wanted to share some tips on how to make the process a little bit easier! Schools will either offer a Masters or Doctorate, as many programs are moving to Doctorates, I will be sharing my Masters applying experience.

Get a Bachelors Degree

Most schools do not care what you have your bachelors in, as long as you have taken the proper prerequisites courses. Some of the most common majors for OT’s are listed here! I majored in Health Science, which was perfect way to set me up for a career in OT. The program is designed with courses to help prepare students who want to go into a career in Clinical Medicine. Here are some of the courses I took that I felt prepared me well:

Health Care Ethics

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Evidence Based Healthcare

Public Health

Needs of the Aging

American Sign Language

Complete the Prerequisites 

OT school’s each require their own individualised list of courses that are required for their program. Here is a list of some of the most common:

Anatomy and Physiology I and II

Abnormal Psychology

Human Development

Statistics

Sociology

Physics

General Psychology

It is best to aim for at least a B or a 3.0 in each of these courses to improve your chances of being accepted. Some schools won’t even look at your application if you do not need their minimum grade, so be sure to check that out!

Observation Hours

Start early with these! The more you have the better! Most schools will give you a minimum requirement of hours they would like you to have. My suggestion is to do at least 100 hours, as that is what the average number applicants do. Starting early can be an easy way to accumulate these hours over time. It is also good to do your observation hours in multiple settings. Occupational Therapy is very different depending on the setting you are in. It will also show that you have been exposed to a variety of settings and know more about the different core practice areas of the profession. I ended up doing over 100 hours for my application. I did inpatient rehabilitation and productive aging, outpatient children and youth, health and wellness, mental health and rehabilitation.

Personal Statement

Most of OT graduate schools are on a centralised system knowns as the Occupational Therapy Centralised Application Service (OTCAS). This makes it super easy when applying, you only have to submit everything once. The OTCAS has a generalised personal statement that each school requires as well as some schools have additional supplements. The personal statement entails”Your personal essay should address why you selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.” While the additional supplements, focus on why you want to go to that specific school and how that would help you achieve your long term goals.

Recommendations

Ask early! Don’t wait till the last minute to ask for recommendations. It is best to give your recommender at least a month to write the recommendation. These can be from a professor. advisor, boss, or anyone who can speak of your professional experience. Some schools also require a letter from an Occupational Therapist. My suggestion would be to arrange a OT observation over the course of a few weeks to help form a relationship with one. I asked my old boss from work, one of my public health professors and an OT I shadowed for a few weeks.

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I hope this was helpful for anyone who is interested in applying! Feel free to comment any tips, tricks, or questions! Good luck!

Cheers,

xoxo

 

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Hello friends! I know its been awhile since I posted but I have been so busy with school and life. I just finished up my first semester of senior year:( Wow, that went by fast. I can’t believe I only have one more semester until I’m done with undergrad. I know I need to catch up with my posts so today I wanted to share some of my favourite traditions for this time of year!

Every year near Thanksgiving time, a casino near me has a display of life size gingerbread houses, They are 100% edible and take the entire years worth of preparation. The village consists of more than 700 pounds of gingerbread dough, 2,045 pounds of icing and more than 750 pounds of candy. That’s a lot of icing!

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Trader Joe’s Trip

With back school right around the corner, I took a trip to my local Trader Joe’s to stock up on some healthy snacks and foods for school! IMG_0487.JPG

I couldn’t resist all the beautiful flowers they have!

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So here is what I got! All under $30! Which is pretty good if you ask me! Trader Joe’s provides great food for low prices. Products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, imported foods, and the staples. They love to hear from customers and won’t bring products back if they get a bad review. They always have some great healthy foods I like to stock up on!

Here are some of my favorites!

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Creamy Almond Butter

 

 

I’m a HUGE fan of any kind of almond and peanut butter! Really any type of nut butter lol. I normally just stick with peanut butter because of the low cost and convenience of it. But, Trader Joe’s has great almond butter that is under $5! That’s pretty good for almond butter! They have salt and no salt versions!

 

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Organic Vodka Sauce

 

 

 

I love pasta! Who doesn’t? I have it almost every night! Vodka sauce is probably one of my favorite kinds but I’m very picky when it comes to it. Trader Joe’s makes a great one that is organic too!

 

 

 

 

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Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds and Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs

These are both great for smoothie bowls! I have one almost every morning so these are a must for me! You can either blend in the hemp seeds or put them on top! You can also put them in salads, on top of yogurt or even make hemp milk! I like to blend them and put the cacao nibs on top!

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Just Mango Slices

 

 

I love mangos! These dried mango slices taste just like gummy candy! They are perfect for when you are craving something sweet and want to make a healthier choice! Be sure to get the “Unsulfured & Unsweetened” ones, trust me you don’t need to extra sugar!

 

 

 

 

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Organic Pomegranate Hibiscus Kombucha

 

 

One of my new favorite drinks, Kombucha! A fermented black tea beverage, filled with tons of probiotics! They come in so many great flavors! My favorite are mango and pomegranate!

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s snacks?

Cheers xoxo

Where Dreams Come True: Part 2

I’m going to pick up where I left off on my Disney vacation with the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios!

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Magic Kingdom

The most magical place on earth! There are so many rides and attractions to see here, you might need more than one day! With 6 different themed lands, there is so much to see! My favorite is Main Street U.S.A! The smells of the fresh baked goods with the friendly faces make it so home-like. What is your favorite?

Disney is filled with delicious foods and treats to try! Some of my favorites in the Magic Kingdom are the Dole Whip located at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. It’s a nice and refreshing treat on a hot day! Also, be sure to stop by Gaston’s Tavern for a warm cinnamon bun the size of your head!

My favorite rides in Magic Kingdom:

  • Space Mountain
  • The Peoplemover
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Storytime: During our visit to the Haunted Mansion’s pre-show, the cast member in the room decided to get very into his role. At the end of the pre-show when the lights go out, he moved to be in front of my sisters and I. Once the lights came back on he was standing right in front of us just staring. My sister didn’t notice at first then she turned and screamed so loud. It was so funny and had the whole room laughing! He really made our stay!

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Hollywood Studios

The behind-the-scenes of all things Hollywood! There are so many live shows, thrilling attractions and backstage tours behind all of the magic!

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My favorite rides:

Tower of Terror: This ride is so much fun! I feel like I walked right into the 1930s hotel! The bellhops make you feel like you are an actual guest at the hotel as they send you off to the twilight zone. Be sure to hold on tight, I always fall out of my seat!

The Muppets 3D Vision: Such a sweet and funny movie with some of your favorite muppets characters! Gotta love Beaker!

Rockin Rollercoaster: One of the biggest thrills Disney offers. 0-57mph in 2.8 seconds with a series of inversions, loops, and corkscrews. There are 5 different cars that all have a song to go with them, so you never know what you will get!

My favorite spot to eat in Hollywood Studios is PizzeRizzo! Featuring your favorite muppet Rizzo, there is a wide section of foods for anyone! My favorite is the pizza, It’s nothing fancy but for some reason it’s so good!

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What are your favorite tips and tricks of Walt Disney World?

Cheers xoxo

 

 

 

Off to the Races

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One of my favorite places to go in the summer is the racetrack. Every summer my friends and I take our annual trip to Saratoga, NY to watch the horse races. It’s fun to relax and spend a fun day with good friends!

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My favorite part of going to the races is dressing up of course! My dress is from Lauren James, I have it in sea foam green! It’s one of my all time favorite dresses! She makes perfect dresses for the races. My friend V on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress as well. You can find it here!

 

 

I also am wearing a sun hat that I got at target and added my own ribbon for a special touch! My shoes are from Marshalls, not sure of the brand tho! And my pearl necklace, and as Jackie Kennedy would say “pearls are always appropriate!”

We did bet a little money for fun but only 2 of us actually won something. Sadly, it was not me. My horse came in last place:(, that’s what happens when I pick the pink one lol.

We’ve been going to the races for the past 3 years, and it’s such a fun tradition. I look forward to it every summer! The Saratoga race track opened in 1863 and is open for the summer with racing 6 days a week. There is many other fun things to do in Saratoga as well. I used to come up here quite often when I was younger for ballet auditions and we would always stop at the Cold Stone and Alex and Ani store on our way home! They also have many shops and delicious restaurants. They have a Lilly store so you know thats’s always on the list!

Here are some of my favorite restaurants!

Wheatfields I always get the Pesto Radiatori, so yummy!

Chianti Ristorante I love the Capellini Alla Checca!

Brueggars You can never go wrong with a bagel!

Here’s a look at some of the past years outfit looks!

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My first year at the races, I wore this long, blue Lilly Pulitzer dress! They don’t have the exact same color but they have some that are pretty close! Love this dress! It is so versatile, you can wear it to school, grad parties, or even just running errands!

 

 

 

 

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Year two I decided to take a little different route with my dress choice. I’m wearing a black Calvin Klein dress! Finally got the memo, and bought a black sun hat to match. And of course my pearl necklace to tie the look together!

 

 

 

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Finally back with to Lilly again this year. I’m wearing a green Lilly Pulitzer shift dress! This isn’t the exact one I’m wearing but this is the same style! I love this dress, the cut is perfect! Also, can’t forget the obligatory hat and pearls to make the outfit complete!

My friend V on the left is also wearing a Lilly Pulitzer, this is the closest one I can find! And my friend Steph on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress. Here is a similar one!

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Cheers friends xoxo