Statement of Purpose for a Masters of Occupational Therapy

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I am a first generation Portuguese-Canadian woman who was raised in a Roman Catholic community; divided between traditional beliefs and progressive millennial mindsets. My upbringing has cultivated adaptability, creativity, and a genuine curiosity for human behaviours. I have a passion for learning and view a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy as a rewarding academic and vocational endeavor. I have chosen the Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia for a variety of reasons: (1) it is a practical program facilitating the hands-on training and skill-set required to work effectively in the field (2) the mission statement and ethics mirror my values and beliefs, and (3) Vancouver provides unique academic opportunities, including possible practicum placements with the BC Children’s Hospital, and is located near my family in Victoria. Since 2011, I have been working as part of the Community Living Services Children’s Team at Phoenix Human Services Association. I provide direct support to children and youth, ages 6-19 years old, who have been diagnosed w...

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