Tuesday, 24 September 2013

They're here! SHOUT runs new student induction afternoon

Yesterday 60 new students joined the world of occupational therapy as they began the first day of their Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate OT course. After a morning of orientation and course information (not to mention the dreaded round of immunisations!), they spent the afternoon with SHOUT letting off some steam.

Getting to know 60 other students can be a bit overwhelming, so we played the "Name Game" to help us store each others' names in our long term memory through repetition and association by assigning a descriptor to ourselves beginning with the same letter as our names and an action to demonstrate it. Awesome Alisons, Beaming Beckys and Eager Edens ensued... and much giggling. But it worked! So remembering everyone's names is now one less thing to worry about :)

One of SHOUT's favourite activities of the afternoon was "Draw your ideal OT". In groups of 5 or 6, the L4 students came up with some fantastic ideas for essential OT attributes, tools and resources. Golden ears were added to one drawing to highlight the importance of listening and good communication; a backbone was added to another drawing to express the need to be resilient and stand your ground in a changing healthcare environment; and extra-long green-trouser-clad legs were drawn to enable the OT to take everything in his / her stride. Great work, showing just how switched on to professional attributes this cohort already are.

We hope you settle in during your first week L4s, your future profession awaits :)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

SHOUT welcomes new SHU OT students at pre-enrolment day

It's September... It can only mean one thing.... SHOUT is back!
But before we all head back to the books, there's still time for some fun. Yesterday we enjoyed spending the morning welcoming 60 new Sheffield Hallam L4 occupational therapy students at their pre-enrolment day.

Talking to groups of 20 students at a time for about 40 minutes, we first got to know each other with ice breakers (all non-scary, we promise!) before explaining about SHOUT and its role as a local group of the Trent Region British Association of Occupational Therapy (BAOT). We look forward to seeing our new peers at our upcoming monthly Wednesday night talks designed to support CPD, and hope they will join us as members of the SHOUT team in the future.

But there was more! Each student grabbed a green stripy SHOUT goodie bag as they left, filled with sweets, information and BAOT freebies. After all, it wouldn't be a SHOUT event without an I    OT badge!

Good luck on your first day L4s! SHOUT is YOUR student group, so don't be afraid to ask us any questions or directions on campus when you see us around.

Our first event is a talk on spirituality by Chris Mayers at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd October in the Robert Winston Building - we'll be emailing you details during your first week.

See you soon!