Why Are You Here?
On my very first day of class here at the University of Findlay, I was asked a question in my Orientation to Psychology class that really struck me. After the class got settled, went over the syllabus, and attempted to learn each other’s names, Dr. Mata informed us that we were receiving our first assignment; a wash of disappointment came across each and every face in the classroom. What I didn’t know was this assignment may end up shaping how I look at being a student for the rest of my academic career. Dr. Mata asked us to answer a question in one paragraph on a piece of paper: “Why are you here?”
What was my immediate reaction you may wonder? To get my Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree. I’ve known that I’ve wanted to become an occupational therapist since I was in seventh grade and Findlay is just the school to do it at! I thought this was for sure the reason why I was here. But as I thought, I realized that this experience was about so much more. It’s about establishing new relationships, stepping out of my comfort zone, gaining knowledge and skills I need to know for the real world, and maybe even learning how to do my laundry without the help of my mother! Am I saying that getting a degree isn’t important? Trying hard in school to become what you’ve always wanted to be is insignificant? Not at all. However, I am challenged to look at my academic experience here at the University of Findlay a little bit differently.
Do all of your homework, stay up late studying and go to every class, but know why you are doing it. Stay passionate about gaining skills and developing knowledge, and always remember why you’re here.