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

Donna Benji Meir MAII ‘15

Donna Benji Meir MAII ‘15

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2015

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I wanted a job where I could make a great difference in the lives of others while fulfilling my own passions as well.  I did not want to sit behind a desk all day, and aimed to find a career where I could put my “people skills” to good use.

Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy.
I went through several career changes prior to finding my passion for occupational therapy.  Immediately after college, I contemplated going to law school, but I eventually got involved with diplomacy and international relations and held positions both in the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, Israel and then the Consulate General of Israel’s office in Los Angeles.  I also worked in the corporate world for three years in a real estate and finance company, and simultaneously started a small business with my husband.  However, none of these fields afforded me the opportunity to help others, and ultimately left me feeling unfulfilled.  After some quick research, I fell in love with occupational therapists and the work they do!

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
I absolutely love cooking and experimenting with new ingredients in the kitchen.  I rarely go by recipes, and instead love to create my own concoctions.  I like to think of my food as healthy, creative, and delicious!

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?
Kale, celery, eggs, Arizona green tea, and the refill-size Heinz ketchup.

What are two truths and a lie about yourself?
I have had the chicken pox twice. I am allergic to grass and therefore cannot sit on it. I can wiggle my ears.