I have a new theme!

Yes, I now realise how garish the previous one was, but picking a new one was torture. I had several criteria that I needed to fulfill:

  • I didn’t want a white background because white can be quite tiring to look at.
  • I wanted a theme that could represent me both as an individual and as a (future) professional. Yes, this is personal blog, but it’s also one in which I talk a lot about occupational therapy, so I needed something that wouldn’t make other therapists look bad (potentially).
  • I needed something with personality.
  • I don’t like the colours blue and yellow, so my next theme needed to not be dominated by either.

All in all, I wanted to find something that could support my transition from student/child to professional/adult, but I still wanted to be me.

I hope you all like it and that it’s easier to read!

‘Feeling Good: The new mood therapy’ – some notes

Just so you know, I’ve scheduled this post for the morning, but I’m writing this at 23:30 on the 22nd.

I’m reading ‘Feeling Good’ by David Burns (1999), a self-help book teaching cognitive therapy. In the book, Burns cites research that his book is as good as medication in treating depression, and if I weren’t writing this on my phone, I’d elaborate.

I’m reading it because it was recommended by users of the the popular website Reddit as one of the best self-help books around. My boyfriend bought it for me, thinking I’d find it interesting…he is so much better at buying gifts than I am!

On the first page of chapter one, Burns says that depression is an illness that can be overcome, which sounds to me like you can get rid of it if you can find the right treatment. Now, this is at odds with a lot that I’ve heard. I thought depression was something you can work to control so that it doesn’t control you, but it will always be there (depending on your personal version of depression).

Correct me if I’m wrong. I’m curious now. This may be something to check in the morning when I’m at a computer.

It’s the final countdown!

On th 17th of May, I will sit for my final exam. Just over a month later, I will stand up to receive my BSc(Hons) for Occupational Therapy. That’s at 10am on Friday, June 22nd, 2012. (Except I’ll be at more like 10:50am because I’m always at the end thanks to my last name.)

I will then be able to register with the HPC and actually BE an Occupational Therapist. I can’t believe it.

On Monday, I handed in my final essay of my degree. While the assignment wasn’t too interesting to write, and I’m sure my essay is particularly dull because I had to squeeze so much into a tiny number of words (2500), what I had to read was actually quite interesting. It involved reading about clinical governance, which I thought was rather common sense. Surely it’s natural to expect an individual, or a trust, to ensure that they are as good as they can be, and that they are always trying to improve. Although, this could simply be an assumption based on my natural inclination to keep working, keep learning, be the best.

In the first week of May, we’re holding a ‘conference’, in which each student has to present a skill they learned in an advanced workshop they chose. From the three workshops I chose to attend – postural management, learning disabilities and assistive technology – I decided to do my presentation on assistive technology. No surprise there! Specifically, I chose to do mine on Environmental Control Units instead of Telecare because, while they’re both pretty nifty, I was like a child at Disneyland while we learned about the ECUs.

What’s both scary and absolutely amazing, though, is that only one other person chose to present on ECUs, which means that, as the cohort will be split between two rooms, I will be the only one presenting on ECUs in my room. I will be the expert. The pressure is on, but I want to do an amazing presentation. I mean, I want to go into assistive technology, as technology is definitely my forte, so I need to pull this off. My presentation needs to be stellar, and I need to know the answer to any question they can throw at me, bearing in mind that it’s a fifteen minute presentation with five minutes for questions.

After that, I have nothing more to do until my exam, two weeks later. Except, of course, to go to a study day in London on assistive technology that @willwade has promised I will see the programme for this coming week. I guess he doesn’t understand just how impatiently excited I am!