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Precious Laosebikan BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, 2015

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Hi, I'm Precious Laosebikan and I studied BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Choosing Southampton was one of the best decisions I made. I’ve enjoyed every experience and I recommend prospective students to get involved academically and socially.

I chose the University of Southampton because of its top 20 ranking within the country as well as it being one of the best for occupational therapy.

With the campus having everything you need on site it made the transition of moving away from home a lot easier. The fact the course was located on the main campus was also a big bonus.

Unlike other universities Southampton operates its occupational therapy (OT) programme on a smaller scale, with small lecture groups, unlike some universities which have much larger groups. This has enabled me to build a strong rapport with my lecturers, personal tutor and of course my fellow students.

As a lot of my lecturers are clinical academics they have current experience of what is going on in the health world. My mentors have given me great advice and my personal tutor has been a great source of encouragement.

My course has several integrated modules and projects with other allied health degrees such as physiotherapy and podiatry. This is a really beneficial experience for inter-professional working ahead of placements.

The fact that the degree is structured with placements throughout has enabled me to use the theoretical aspect of learning into the practical setting. As these placements are arranged by the University during term time it also relieves the pressure of trying to find internships and placements ourselves.

I have found a number of great support systems provided by the University and the Allied Health Society and have really benefitted from having second and third year mentors who have been on the OT programme.

After graduating I plan to work in OT rotation roles before eventually specialising.  Like many other students I've enjoyed each placement so much I don't wish to specialise in one specific area just yet.

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