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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Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts Degree | Meet the Students

Brittanie Fuentes MAII ‘19

Brittanie Fuentes MAII ‘19

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2019

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I knew I wanted to have a career helping and servicing others. A career in therapy seemed like an optimal route because I could satisfy my educational interests while learning about science and health. I fell in love with occupational therapy working as an instructional assistant for children who needed help improving their fine, gross, and social skills in a special education class. I have had the opportunity to observe incredible occupational therapists in multiple settings – a hippotherapy clinic, school, and private pediatric clinic – as well as volunteering in a research lab at USC over the past two years reinforced my decision to pursue this career.

What area of practice are you interested in?
I am especially interested in the pediatrics field; however, I look forward to exploring the various specialties that this program and occupational therapy as a whole have to offer!

Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy.
I have enjoyed my time working with kids of all ages. I was a Gymboree Play and Music teacher and loved incorporating art and music in lesson plans for children and their parents. More recently, I worked alongside with autistic children as a health assistant in a Kindergarten to 3rd grade special education classroom. This is where I really fell in love with occupational therapy because I could see the drastic improvement in children’s fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and more just by working with them!

What do you think is the greatest invention of mankind?
The greatest invention of mankind would have to be language. For one reason, every single human being uses language whether it is a language with words like English or Spanish or one without such as American Sign Language. Without language, it would be hard to define cultures, create a civilization, and education would be ineffective and baseless – just a dull world without any interaction or communication.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
If I could travel anywhere, I would love to fly to Japan. I am especially interested in seeing Tokyo, absorbing the culture, and most importantly, indulging in the delicious food!