Student Spotlight: Bianca Anderson-Rosa MSOT/S '14

Bianca Anderson-Rosa, MSOT/S '14, Land O’Lakes, FL

What advantages does WUOT offer you that other programs don’t offer?
WUOT gives me the opportunity to grow academically while working with the community through my clinical lab. I am able to gain hands on experience while engaging with a community I feel a connection with.

Why did you choose WUOT?
I choose WUOT for the its outstanding reputation for higher learning and emphasis evidence-based practice.

Why did you choose the degree program you did? (MSOT, OTD, etc.)
I choose MSOT over OTD because my primary goal is to become a practicing clinician instead of a researcher.

What can you say about the quality of education you are receiving?
WUOT provides an education that is evidence-based with opportunities for hands-on learning, group work, community engagement, and individual growth. This approach provides a well-rounded education that can speak to any learning style.

What is the learning atmosphere like? (people, resources provided, attitudes of faculty and staff, approach to teaching, quality of mentorship relationships, etc.)
The general learning atmosphere is highly supportive. The students, faculty, and staff are so willing to help and foster professional growth by providing resources and office hours. Often study sessions are provided by the Pi Theta Honor Society to help with those more intensive courses. If I ever have a problem understanding a concept, I know I can turn to my fellow peers and educators to provide any help I may need.

What do you like best about attending WUOT?
The quality of education in combination with the supportive community!

As a group, how would you describe your classmates?
My classmates are all driven individuals who believe in “Living Life to Its Fullest” and are compassionate people ready to help others to do the same.

What do you like best about your classmates?
My classmates balance professionalism with a sense of humor, which makes the learning environment an enjoyable one. There is truly a sense of community.

How would you describe the faculty?
As a whole, the faculty has a broad range of experience in the field and each individual has their own expertise. If there’s an OT question, there’s inevitably someone on staff ready to answer it and happy to do so.

What do you like best about the faculty?
They truly care about the professional development of the students.

What about the school do you most want prospective students to know?
Always try to get something meaningful out of class and put your best foot forward. With each course, you’re a step closer to becoming a professional and that will someday make a huge difference in someone’s life.

What do you think of living in St. Louis?
I grew up in a small town and never thought I’d be able to make it in a big city like St. Louis. To my surprise, I’ve grown to enjoy the city’s liveliness and culture. There’s always something to do and an adventure around the corner every day.

What do you plan to do after graduation?
I hope to become a practicing clinician in pediatrics. I’m not sure where I’d like to be, but that’s half the fun in an adventure.

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