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 Oh MAII ‘17

Dana Oh MAII ‘17

Hometown: Queens, NY

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

What brought you to occupational therapy?
I was interested in counseling and community psychology since high school and attained a Bachelors degree in Psychology. As I was to applying to PhD program in Counseling Psychology, I felt like something wasn’t lining up with my aspirations. I really wanted to encompass my interest in art, community, and counseling into one active setting. I had no idea what Occupational Therapy was until my mom mentioned it to me one day after she met a customer who was an OT. I did some research and found out OT was the ideal job that I described to friends which I thought didn’t exist. And now I’m at USC and loving it!

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
I really like to craft. Whenever I start a project, it becomes an ongoing project where I follow a theme or make too much of one thing. If I decide to paint, I paint 3 things. If I decide to sew, it becomes a mini workshop. Eventually, I started selling my art to share the love and lessen the overflow of art building up in my room.

Tell us about your favorite memory from the program so far.
I really enjoyed the summer’s Creativity Crafts Analysis class. It was so nice to decompress during lunch and after exams in the crafts room with all of my peers. There were countless days where I got to know other people in our class while we tinkered with things or painted. One of my favorite days was with my friend Tina in the sewing room when we made bean bag chairs. It was so much fun! I wish it was open all year for us to just hang out and relax in.

What is your spirit animal and why would this animal represent you?
I honestly didn’t know how to answer this question so I just took a “What’s Your Spirit Animal?” quiz online. My result was a bear. Bears live a solitary life. They are also wise teachers and healers, and admired for their strength. I could relate to that because I’ve always enjoyed (and need) alone time but love to be around people as well. I’m also the un-official therapist in my immediate circle of friends for seeking advice or help. I enjoy being that person people can come to for help or support as well.

What do you think is the greatest invention of mankind?
There are so many amazing answers to this question but I’m going to say the internet. We probably take it for granted because we are so used to it but the amount of information at our fingertips is surreal. I’m grateful for the instant gratification I can get through the many conveniences it offers.