Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts Degree | Meet the Students
Areli Benitez MAII ‘19
Hometown: Cypress, CA
Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2019
What brought you to occupational therapy?
I became introduced to Occupational Therapy when volunteering in an alternative spring break program in Istanbul, Turkey called B.A.G.S. The program consisted of a seminar that focused on the issues and struggles people with disabilities have to face, along with the unique cultural perspectives on disabilities in Turkey. In Istanbul, I worked with OT’s and other health professionals in disability-related NGO’s and schools. That’s where I knew I wanted to pursue OT! I had discovered a profession filled with compassion and humility, along with being able to help people both in America and worldwide in a holistic manner!
What area of practice are you interested in?
Right now I am interested in pediatrics and mental health, but I am open to exploring all the areas.
What are some of the occupations you engage in?
I love traveling, going to concerts, spending time with family and friends, drinking coffee, and reading!
If we opened your fridge, what would we see?
Avocados & dark chocolate.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Cuba! I’ve been wanting to experience this country’s culture for quite some time now.