OTSH 79: Budgeting & Tackling Student Loans With Amirra Condelee, OTD, OTR/L




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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 79 of the OT School House Podcast.


Money makes the world go round.


It's that simple...


Okay, well, maybe it's not that simple. But even if you don't believe that money makes the world go around, as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant who has graduated in the past 10 years, you know that money does pay your student loans. That is one thing for sure.


So on this episode of the OT School House podcast, we have Amirra Condelee, OTR/L, who you may know as @marvelousmiracles.OT on Instagram, to share her experiences as a new grad occupational therapist trying to pay off student loans.


We're going to talk about some different ways to go about paying off your student loans and a little bit about the idea of refinancing your loans. Amirra is also going to share with us where she and her significant other are at in relationship to their student loan process,


If you have ever felt overwhelmed by your student loans or even just finances in general, you're not going to want to miss this episode


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Amazing Narrator

Hello, and welcome to the OT School House podcast, your source for school-based occupational therapy, tips, interviews, and professional development. Now to get the conversation started here is your host, Jayson Davies, class is officially in session.


Jayson Davies

Money makes the world go round. It's that simple. Okay, well, maybe it's not that simple. But even if you don't believe that money makes the world go round, as an occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, even, especially someone who's graduated in the past 10 years, as an OT or an OTA, you know that money does pay your student loans. That is one thing for sure. Today, on the podcast, we have Amirra Condelee, you may know her as a marvelousmiraclesOT on Instagram, and she is coming on to share her experiences as a new grad, an occupational therapist trying to pay off student loans. So we're going to talk about some different ways to go about paying off your student loans and talk a little bit about refinancing different options. And she's also going to share where she's at in her student loan process, not just herself, but also her significant other, and how they are managing their student loans both together and kind of in their own way. So you're not going to want to miss this if you have student loans. Or if you're thinking about potentially negotiating for another job in the near future. This is definitely going to be an episode that you want to listen to. As I said, Amira is a new-ish grad, as she says on her Instagram page, and she is going through all of this. In fact, the day that this podcast launches, she's actually doing a webinar tonight on money matters as an occupational therapist, where she's talking about all this stuff and more. So you are getting a sneak preview of that right here in an interview format. Be sure to check her out on Instagram at marvelous miracles.ot. And I'm sure if you type in her name or look down in the show notes, we will have a link to her website. All right, so enjoy this episode with Amirra Condelee. Hey, Amira, welcome to the OT School House podcast. How are you doing today?


Amirra Condelee, OTR/L

Hi, Jayson. I'm doing great. How are you?


Jayson Davies

I am doing wonderful. Thank you so much for asking. You know, I have to start off by first just saying I love your Instagram page. Everything that you are doing over there. It's not only so much information, but it's also just super amazingly cute. Just like it makes me happy. I get on there just like oh, I like this.


Amirra Condelee, OTR/L

Thank you so much. I feel the same way about yours. I'm so happy that we have this OT Instagram community to make these amazing connections.


Jayson Davies

Absolutely. I'd love it. You know what, tell us a little bit actually about your Instagram. What is your kind of purpose for your Instagram account?


Amirra Condelee, OTR/L

Yes, so I started my Instagram a little over a year ago. Now during quarantine, I just wanted to explore the social media Avenue and I'm so glad I did. And so my whole purpose over there. So just share life as a new-ish graduate and OT graduate and I talk about my job in an early intervention I talk about so many things just you know my life, how I navigate being a new OT, you know, providing that mentorship to other students and kind of helping them get their foot in the door in certain settings that they might be interested in. So you know, just really sharing life as a new grad and a new grad and early intervention. And I absolutely love it. Awesome.


Jayson Davies

Yeah, as I said, it's so much fun to watch over there, your stories, your actual pose, they all just kind of cohesively come together. Well done.


Amirra Condelee, OTR/L

Thank you.


Jayson Davies

Marvelous...


Amirra Condelee, OTR/L

marvelousmiracles.ot


Jayson Davies

Yeah, marvelousmiracles, I didn't want to mess it up marvelousmiracles.ot. So go ahead, if you got your phone out right now, open the Instagram app and find them here. Trust me, you won't regret it. It's great stuff. Alright, so moving on a little bit. That's the Instagram account. But you do have a "day job" or at least one "day job". So tell us a little bit about the actual occupational therapy job that you do during the week.


Amirra Condelee, OTR/L

So I work in the amazing setting of early intervention. I work with kiddos from the ages of birth to three years old, who have a delay and one or more areas of child development. We used to provide therapy directly in the homes but since COVID, we went virtual and we are still virtual, and we're trying to get some benchmarks met before we're able to go back into the homes. I very much seeing miss seeing my kids and my babies and my families in person. But I'm so glad that teletherapy has been an option and has been working very well. So I do that as my full-time job but I also do independent contracting on the side as my part-time job. And that is through my business called marvelous miracles pediatric therapy, kind of independent contracting, plus my Instagram brand and some things that I do there. It's kind of lumped into that one business and I am a supervisor for I think I have three or four Now OT assistants that I supervise. And then I also see only about four kids a week through that independent contracting job. And that is also virtual, but it used to be me going into the homes, and that is pediatric home health. So they're all over the age of three.


Jayson Davies