Major: Occupational Therapy
Class of: 2015
Hometown: Lancaster, NY
Marissa talks about our Freshman Focus Class
“All of the faculty, staff and students invite you in and add into the family atmosphere created here.”
I am a firm believer that the college experience relies a lot on what one puts into it. At DYC, the opportunities are endless. I have taken advantage of many of these opportunities. In my first few years at D’Youville I have been a part of the Women’s Rowing Team, the Student Association, Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador, Phi Theta Epsilon Honor Society, Orientation Assistant and much more. Each of these organizations is unique in their own way, but ultimately I am always learning something through them. I highly recommend that others get involved during their college years. College is more than just going to class and then going home or back to your dorm room. Through extracurricular activities one will meet new people and broaden their horizons. Along with the social aspect, being involved also allows you the opportunity to learn to prioritize things and have good time management. All in all, being involved in a variety of activities will enhance the education you receive in the classroom to help mold a student into a well-rounded individual bound for success in their future.
I am not currently involved in any athletics, but for my first two years at D'Youville I was a member of the Women's Rowing Team. I never rowed in high school, but I figured I'd give it a try. Being a part of a sports team here truly adds in another aspect of the family atmosphere you’ll find at D'Youville. As an athlete, I felt that I was more focused in the classroom. If you have any thoughts of joining a sports team in college, I encourage you to get in touch with other athletes or the coach and find out more information.
In the Occupational Therapy department there are ample opportunities to learn more about the field. The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a club for OT students. As a part of this club, students are able to converse with other students about the curriculum and gain valuable insight. Also, SOTA works with other schools in the area to host game nights and various seminars to broaden the students’ knowledge of OT. It is awesome to have professors who are actual occupational therapists and often have their own experiences to share with us. The classes are small; therefore you get to know your other classmates and the professors quite well. There is also an honor society solely for occupational therapy students called Phi Theta Epsilon (PTE). Students are invited to apply for PTE if they earn a certain GPA and are among the top students in their class. This honor society has hosted movie nights to show movies pertaining to OT. Also, PTE has brought in some past graduates of D'Youville's Occupational Therapy program to speak to current students about their experiences during school and then after.
Attending D'Youville College has truly been a life changing experience thus far. All of the faculty, staff and students invite you in and add into the family atmosphere created here. A phrase you will associate with D’Youville is “educating for life.” As cliché as that may sound, it is very true. In my time at D'Youville, I have not only been educated within the classroom. As a student here, I have found myself learning things about myself, others and so much more just through participating in extracurricular activities and conversing with different people.