Occupational Therapy Professional Development Committee

Roseleen John, Co-President

Name & PDC Position: Roseleen John, Co-President

Hometown: Woodbridge, ON

Undergraduate Degree: Hon. Biomedical Toxicology, Co-op

What made you pursue OT, and where do you see yourself going: I initially wanted to work in the pharmacokinetics industry, but I became increasingly interested in neuroscience throughout my undergrad. As I pursued Neuroscience, it was clear that I preferred the human factor to my work. I discovered Occupational Therapy as a wonderful field that would combine my interest in neuroscience and clinical practice. Having begun my OT education, I am confident it was where I was meant to be! In the future, I hope to work in a role that facilitates my interest in research and clinical practice.

What you enjoy most about the program: I appreciate that the program is practical. It is not your classic textbook and reproduce program. It requires critical reasoning – something you will get used to hearing often. I also like the collegiality between the students. It serves for an encouraging and well-balanced learning environment.

Fun piece of information about yourself: My favorite past-time hobby is dancing Brazilian Zouk!

One piece of advice to first year students: Stick with it. It will be different. It will challenge you. It will humble you, BUT it is not impossible. Trust yourself, and keep pushing forward!