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Ariel

Ariel

Berkeley, California
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Hey! My name is Ariel Mazel-Gee and I'm from Berkeley, California. I graduated from Stanford University with a major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a minor in Drama. I chose to pursue occupational therapy because I wanted to wake up every morning knowing that I was making a positive impact. I was drawn to the holistic and multi-disciplinary nature of the profession, and loved the idea of empowering people to help themselves. I'm especially interested in the potential we have as occupational therapists to design truly creative and innovative interventions that help people live healthy and fulfilling lives. Some of my favorite occupations include singing, acting, dancing, writing, making jewelry, hiking, traveling, and helping young adults express themselves through all of the above activities!

Heather

Heather

Santa Barbara, California
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Born and bred in Southern California, I graduated from UC San Diego where I majored in History and Art History and minored in Photography. Before coming to USC, I worked as a photographer in San Francisco and enjoyed many of the city’s far-out aspects: Philz Coffee, my first cat, living in a commune, and meeting my future husband. I’m enjoying my time as a student at USC and discovering more about how wonderful occupational therapy is. In my free time, I enjoy food sampling at farmer’s markets, movies in the park, and identifying shore birds with my husband on our beach walks.

Jodie

Jodie

Arcadia, California
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Hello! My name is Jodie and I was born and raised in Southern California. I spent my childhood years in Arcadia, CA and completed my undergraduate studies at UC Irvine, where I majored in Psychology and Social Behavior and minored in Educational Studies. My favorite hobbies are eating, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends, including my dog, Milo. Ever since I was in middle school, I had my heart set on pursuing occupational therapy. And now, I can proudly say that I am fulfilling my biggest dream by attending USC’s #1 ranked program! I also currently serve as our state association’s (OTAC) student delegate within Occupational Therapy and Science Council (OTSC) here at USC. I am very excited for this upcoming year and I look forward to sharing my passion for occupational therapy with everyone!

Joe

Joe

New York, New York
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Hello hello! I’m Joe, and I am a triple Trojan! I grew up in New York before coming to USC for my undergraduate education. After receiving my Bachelor’s degrees in Linguistics and Philosophy, I worked as an Academic Advisor for USC Dornsife, which is where I first learned about Occupational Therapy and found the profession that combines my diverse interests with my passion for helping people. I’m also passionate about advocacy and leadership in OT; as the current Chair for the Assembly of Student Delegates of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), I get to represent USC and all OT students around the country and work with OT leaders to develop student support and leadership opportunities on a national level. I like to occupy my time with a wide variety of activities: dancing, hiking, swimming, traveling, eating, anything artsy, athletics, or outdoors! Please feel free to contact me anytime, I love USC and hope to see you on campus! Fight On!

Megan

Megan

Arcadia, California
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Hello! My name is Megan and I am from Arcadia, California. I am currently an undergraduate student at USC, majoring in occupational therapy in the Bachelor’s to Master’s program. Some of my favorite occupations include photography, baking, cuddling with babies, tutoring, and going to the beach. From an early age I knew I wanted a career in which I could inspire change and give back to others. However, it was not until I worked directly with an occupational therapist that I knew I had found the perfect career. To be honest, occupational therapy seemed too good to be true! I was immediately drawn to the creativity, diversity, and intimacy of the profession, and intrigued by the close bonds occupational therapists were able to form with their patients. I am so thankful to have found a career I am so passionate about at a university that I love!

Rashelle

Rashelle

Hawaii
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Aloha!

I'm Rashelle Nagata, a Bachelor's to Master's student in the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Growing up in Hawaii, I learned the importance of spreading aloha (love, respect, positivity and encouragement) wherever I go and to whoever I meet. Now, through occupational therapy, I've discovered how to do that every day and call it my profession! My favorite way to occupy my time is by connecting with people, whether it be through conversations, the enjoyment of food, community service, dancing or hiking. Whatever the activity is, count me in if I can deepen my relationship with someone else. Occupational therapy allows me to pursue this passion for people by seeing individuals for who they are, identifying their needs, capitalizing on their strengths, and giving them strategies to reach who they want to be. So please, I welcome and encourage you to connect with me, and to learn more about why this career path is the embodiment of passion, hope and aloha.