Hometown: Mumbai, India.

 

About You

I am an occupational therapist from India and I completed my undergraduate studies in occupational therapy from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai. After completing my internship, I decided to explore the world as a therapist to understand various cultural, experiential diversities and how this impacted occupational therapy practice. Also, I wanted to learn more about research methodologies and ways to conduct research. This was my major intention to look out for post graduation programs outside India.

With research as priority, I started searching for courses and took professional help from an organisation called Study Overseas in Mumbai. We went through a variety of courses and programmes; however, I got really attracted to Queen Margaret University This was because of not only course structure but also because the flexible nature of this program. Furthermore, I learnt that this program can be shaped to my needs and I can focus on my interests. Thus, I applied to this course.

I felt very secured right from when I applied to this university because I always got answers to all my small doubts and anxieties, I was in touch with my programme director even before I reached the university and also because I could meet someone from QMU before I even reached there! I met a lovely staff member who visited the Study Overseas organisation and I actually spent time understanding about the course in depth. This was the comfort level that I was offered even before I completed my application. For me, personally, the university and its quality of education mattered more than the city/country and this helped me in making my choice and moving to Edinburgh. Nonetheless, I was awestruck when I reached this beautiful city and still am mesmerized by its beauty. I always thought I had a win-win situation.

"I found the programme very intriguing, challenging but extremely satisfying and exciting. The work load through the program was very manageable and this was because of the tremendous positive support that I received from all programme coordinators and my programme director. I could meet my academic facilitators personally/ virtually and could clear all the doubts or challenges that I faced through the course of the programme."
Kavita Murthi

The Course

I intended to explore different avenues through my master’s program – research, academic writing and understanding cultural implications in healthcare. I experienced all these facets of my interests through this programme. This has not only immensely changed my outlook towards my profession, but also changed my thinking as a person. I continued to grow both personally and professionally through this programme.

I found the programme very intriguing, challenging but extremely satisfying and exciting. The work load was very manageable and this was because of the tremendous positive support that I received from all programme coordinators and my programme director. I could meet my academic facilitators personally/ virtually and could clear all the doubts or challenges that I faced.

Additionally, this support system helped me to manage my studies, thus allowing me to work through the programme. I held two interesting positions in the University itself – Student Ambassador and International Student lead, through which I gained a lot of experience and exposure in meeting new people and helping to solve student issues. Apart, from these roles, I also worked for a healthcare company as a relief support worker and this role helped me gain first hand experience in community healthcare.

I received the Saltire Scholarship to pursue my academic studies and this was very opportune and helpful in pursuing my dream of undertaking postgraduate studies at an internationally renowned university. Furthermore, I received a Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy during my programme. Based on my personal experience, I would like to say this “Follow your dreams, not matter how impossible they are as you will surely achieve it if you have dreamt it”. When I was writing my dissertation thesis, I was in Mumbai and in the midst of some personal issues. This was when I felt completing the thesis was almost next to impossible. However, due to my persistence and the awesome support that I received from my mentors at QMU, not only did I finish it on time, but also I got a distinction!

Life after Graduation

I have moved to Mumbai and currently I am working as a paediatric therapist. I have enjoyed every bit of this experience as well. After two years now I am planning to pursue doctorate studies!

 

Story published 2016-2017

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