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

Dana Cary MAII ‘17

Dana Cary MAII ‘17

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2017

What brought you to occupational therapy?
Discovering occupational therapy was a process of elimination! I always knew that I wanted a career in a helping field, I just didn’t know which career that would be.  Throughout college, I dabbled in many fields and debated between physical therapy, psychology, medicine, and social work before coming across occupational therapy. I chose OT because it’s the most holistic and encompasses aspects of each of these careers.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Since it’s my first year, I have yet to completely decide what my practice area will be (one of the great things about OT is how broad it is!)  That being said, I’ve considered working with veterans, doing hippotherapy with kids, working in hospital acute care, and/or at a hand clinic. The options are limitless!

Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy. 
Throughout college, I volunteered as a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters, an EMT for a fire department, an online counselor at an Sexual Assault online hotline, and as an assistant to a child play therapist. After college, I completed an AmeriCorps program working as an after-school teacher for middle-school students in Washington, D.C, where I functioned as a mentor, math tutor, physical fitness and cooking teacher. I have also worked several seasonal adventure jobs, including working as a maid & waitress at a guest dude ranch in Wyoming and working as a rescue scuba diver in Cozumel, Mexico.

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?
My refrigerator tends to overflow with fruit and vegetables.  There’s lots of kale, avocado, jicama, eggs, and squash.  Spaghetti squash is my personal favorite because it’s such a healthy and versatile dish…I realize I have abnormally healthy and weird food taste. 

What is your spirit animal and why would this animal represent you? 
Rabbit. See above description of favorite foods.