University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Meet Our Trojan Family

Olivia Carroll OTD ‘17, MA ‘16, BS ‘15

Olivia Carroll OTD ‘17, MA ‘16, BS ‘15

Hometown: San Carlos, CA

Program: OTD, Class of 2017

Leadership concentration: Advanced Clinical Practice

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I have always had a passion for helping others. Since I was young I have enjoyed volunteering with various groups of people including older adults, children with disabilities and homeless families. When I started college I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to major in so I met with academic advisors from all different disciplines. One day during a meeting I told my advisor that I wanted a career where I could help people do what is important to them. She replied, “You should look into occupational therapy!”. Here I am and couldn’t be happier! 

Where are you located for your residency and what services are provided there?
For my residency I am working at Keck Hospital. Keck provides inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy services to a wide range of people including those with cardiopulmonary, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions who may be recovering from surgery or managing chronic illness.

What do you hope to learn from this year?
This year I hope to continue to improve my interpersonal, clinical reasoning and specific clinical skills in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I want to improve my ability to collaborate on a multidisciplinary team and demonstrate the importance and value of occupational therapy. Additionally, I want to learn about the processes involved in program development and strengthen my leadership skills.  Most importantly I hope to gain confidence in myself as a future practitioner.

If you could give any words of advice for incoming Master’s students, what would it be?
Take advantage of all of the opportunities that the Master’s program offers! Some of my favorite memories and most valuable experiences as a Master’s student include getting involved with events and programs like the OT/PT Forum, OT Extravaganza and Inter-Professional Geriatrics Curriculum. Also, remember to take time for yourself and continue to do the things you love in order to maintain a balanced lifestyle.