Stephanie Zaepfel, MSOT/S 2013
Corona Del Mar, CA/Boulder, CO
What advantages does this Program offer you that other programs don’t offer?
The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has quality instructors with diverse backgrounds and interests, many different research labs in which to work, national and international connections, and vast resources in many areas of practice and research.
Why did you choose WUOT?
I chose Washington University in St. Louis because of the Program’s strong and highly regarded reputation. I also chose this program because I received a partial scholarship, which makes my higher education more accessible.
What can you say about the quality of education you are receiving?
The courses are grounded in theory, critical problem solving, and practical clinical skills, all of which add to the depth and breadth of the excellent educational program here.
What is the learning atmosphere like?
The faculty and staff are approachable, accessible, helpful, excited about their careers, and are fun. I appreciate that the faculty incorporate several different teaching approaches to assist in addressing the various learning styles of the students. I am also pleased about the resources that are available, such as the Program’s vast connections, as I have been able to shadow several occupational therapists in different parts of the country.
What do you like best about attending the Program in Occupational Therapy?
I like the faculty at the Program as they are excited about their work and the courses that they instruct, and the vast areas of practice in the field of occupational therapy. I also like my fellow classmates - they are enthusiastic about occupational therapy, their future careers, and they think outside of the box.
As a group, how would you describe your classmates?
My classmates are bright, resourceful, curious, fun, and come from different parts of the country, with diverse backgrounds and interests. Everyone knows how to laugh and they all have a great sense of humor.
How would you describe the faculty?
The faculty is approachable, accessible, knowledgeable, and fun! The thing I like best about them is that they are approachable.
What about the school do you most want prospective students to know?
The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis is a high-quality program with national recognition, top-notch faculty, and excellent national and international resources.
What do you think of living in St. Louis?
St. Louis is a cosmopolitan city with wonderful cultural, sport, and music venues, good restaurants, and a first-rate accessible park.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
I plan on working in pediatrics.