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

Milah Behlmaier MAII ‘19

Milah Behlmaier MAII ‘19

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

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

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I have had a passion for working with kids with special needs since high school when I took a year off of school to volunteer with the first program in the Turks and Caicos Islands for kids with Autism. I trained and worked as an assistant ABA therapist for the year and I loved it. Since then, I have had many more opportunities to work with kids with all different types of disabilities and all of these experiences have led me to OT.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Definitely pediatrics. Probably outpatient. I’ve always loved working with kids and have dreamed of working in an outpatient pediatric clinic since the day I heard of Occupational Therapy.

Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology in December and then headed to Haiti for 5 months where I served in an Occupational and Physical Therapy clinic in a small village.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I would love to go to Kenya. I’ve dreamed about traveling to Africa since I was little and Kenya was always top on my list!

How do you want to be remembered?
If nothing else, I want to be remembered as loving and kind. I am a strong believer that love goes a really long way and I try to put love and kindness at the center of everything I do.