This week, I had a short piece of writing published for the first time. It is relatively public in that people I don’t know and didn’t go to school/university/work with will read it, but unfortunately, you can’t find it online. But if you’re a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and have received February’s issue of OTnews, you can flip through the news section and find a submission I wrote about Oxford Brookes University’s collaboration with Tokyo Metropolitan University in August 2012, hosting a group of Japanese postgraduate students and professors of occupational therapy, nursing and midwifery. At the bottom, you will find ‘Danielle Werner, Oxford Brookes University’, which definitely sent a thrill through me, though I’d like to publish something more substantial at some point. Anyway, it’s a quick read, so I hope those of you who can will read it and possibly think about how you can make connections with the wider world out there!
(PS – it should have said ‘Danielle Werner, BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy’, don’t you think?)
I spent last week volunteering my time at my university. I worked with occupational therapy students going into the second year, as well as with postgraduate students from Japan. The experience gave me insight into how much I’ve learned over the past three years, as I could compare my own thinking with that of the second year students and see the increased depth of my considerations. I thought of a lot more applications for the virtual reality technology we used, and I probably should have kept my mouth shut so that the others in my group could think a bit harder! I swear I tried, but it hurt when they obviously skipped over something. I’m also glad I got a chance to be a part of a real research project, but I’ve already written about that.
I also realised how much I miss Japan, and it has inspired me to tackle the Japanese language again! I do have some time to spare until I can find a job, and while I’ll definitely be trying to apply to a job a day (with most of my focus on OT-related work), I also want to use the time for ‘personal growth’. I’m going to read a little each day, try to read an article every other day, paint a picture or two and learn some more programming.