Occupational Therapy: Romi's Student Story
First-year Occupational Therapy student Romi explains how she chose to study Occupational Therapy, and shares what it’s like being a Fresher in Canterbury.
I chose Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) after attending a careers fair during Sixth Form. CCCU Occupational Therapy lecturer Sarah Harvey was there, and she ran a workshop all about Occupational Therapy, which was my first exposure to the course, and she suggested I apply. It was a big moment! I believe that without that specific conversation, I wouldn’t be here today.
The application process felt very complex to me, as a Sixth Former who had never been through anything similar, but once I understood the basics of the CCCU application process it became much easier. I definitely feel very positive about my experience of applying to university – it was straight forward, in the end!
My favourite thing about CCCU is the diversity – the university offers so many courses, and there are all different age groups studying. I’ve also really liked the opportunities available to join in, for example clubs, educational group activities and student voice (REPS). I’ve also felt that CCCU is really inclusive for people who have everyday struggles in their studies, such as physical or learning disabilities.
My favourite thing about Canterbury, as an eighteen-year-old Fresher, is the shopping centre, Whitefriars! However, I also love the local parks, and the beautiful landmarks such as the Cathedral. There are so many things that make Canterbury an outstanding place to study, and I feel privileged to spend time here.
It’s still very much the early days of my academic journey, but in the future I hope to graduate with a degree in Occupational Therapy and maybe progress into postgraduate study. I’m aware that this future will demand a positive mind-set and lots of hard work, and I’m excited to aim for the stars and achieve all I can.