Entry-Level Professional Master of Arts Degree | Meet the Students
Eric Alcantara MAII ‘19
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2019
What brought you to occupational therapy?
I knew I wanted to do some kind of rehabilitation/therapy with my undergraduate degree but I was not exactly sure what I wanted to do. After a ton of hours spent volunteering and shadowing, the client-centered approach and holistic treatment brought me to this field.
Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy.
I’ve always been motivated to stay active and work with my hands; While I earned my degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton I volunteered at various rehabilitation settings to get an idea of what I wanted to do. But before I came to USC, I worked at the regional hospital near my hometown and as an aerospace machinist.
What are some of the occupations you engage in?
That’s a tough one to answer. I like to travel, watch/play baseball and football, and play guitar. More recently I have picked up playing golf and piano.
What area of practice are you interested in?
Adult rehab and pediatrics. It’s tough to choose between two opposite sides of the spectrum but luckily USC gives me the chance to see both sides before I get tossed into the real world.
If we opened your fridge, what would we see?
Yikes. Most likely two different kinds of chicken (fried or roasted), leftovers of spaghetti and garlic bread, spinach, and orange juice. It’s not the healthiest choices available but it gets the job done (most of the time).
If you could choose anyone (living or dead) to be your mentor, who would you pick?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. One motivational talk from him and I’m set.