Student Spotlight: Kimmy Nguyen MSOT/S '14
Kimmy Nguyen, MSOT/S '14
Hometown: Cerritos, CA
What advantages does the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine offer you that other programs don’t offer?
The Program in Occupational Therapy offers a unique clinical track for students that gives us the opportunity to strengthen and apply our knowledge of evidence based practice to real life situations that ultimately impact the people or population we work with.
Why did you choose the Program?
I chose this Program because of the amazing personal attention from the faculty. The faculty makes an honest effort to get to know you and is intent in delivering quality education so that we students can rise as clinicians after graduation.
Why did you choose the degree program you did? (MSOT, OTD, etc)
I chose to complete a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy because upon graduation I would like to gain some experience in the field as a practicing occupational therapist in order to determine what my overall goals are as an occupational therapist. Once I’ve established those goals, I can then evaluate whether I can achieve them with an M.S. or if I should further pursue a doctorate.
What can you say about the quality of education you are receiving?
The education we get at Washington University is excellent! We have access to so many different medical and occupational therapy resources on campus that may not be available at other schools. In addition, Washington University seeks out other resources to bring to its students to further enrich their education such as leading clinicians from other countries, medical doctors from other universities, and families and individuals who provide insight about the importance of occupational therapy.
What is the learning atmosphere like? (people, resources provided, attitudes of faculty and staff, approach to teaching, quality of mentorship relationships, etc.)
There is definitely an atmosphere of collaboration and cooperation when it comes to learning. The professors try to make themselves available beyond what is asked of them and are more than willing to help if a student is struggling. As students, we are encouraged to help one another so that we all emerge from the program as top clinicians. My classmates have taken collaboration to another level, going out of their way to scan and share textbook pages, create practice exams, and provide links and resources on difficult materials.
What do you like best about attending Washington University School of Medicine?
I honestly love that I am surrounded by some of the most intelligent and inspiring of people. The students here make the learning experience invigorating and refreshing. The stories that I hear from the diverse group represented on this campus keeps me motivated and constantly reminds me of the bigger picture behind our degree.
What about the school do you most want prospective students to know?
The Program truly listens to students’ concerns. They ask for feedback, the students provide it, an evaluation is made, and changes are made accordingly. The process is not perfect, it is not always seen, but it is happening for the purposes of ensuring that students are receiving quality educational experiences. Trust the madness behind the method.
What do you think of living in St. Louis?
I am very happy that I made the decision to move out to St. Louis. It gave me an opportunity to be a little uncomfortable and a little lost. Learning a new city and adjusting to a new lifestyle is an experience that I think every 20-something year old, or even 30 and 40-something year old should experience. I am learning something new everyday by the people I meet and the things I encounter here. My time here in St. Louis is an experience I will never forget.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
Initially I just wanted to return back to California to work as an occupational therapist in stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation. After experiences both academic and non, I am more than excited to venture out to other states and possibly other fields of practice.
Anything else you would like to add?
Experiences, whether in a small city, big city, or wherever it may be, is honestly what you make of it. St. Louis has many hidden gems when it comes to concerts, festivals, food, activities, and the people. If you take the time to uncover these gems, you’ll find that Washington University in St. Louis and the St. Louis community offer an unmatchable experience. Admire and enjoy the diversity and commonalities in your class and community. Seek challenges and embrace change.