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

Jonathan Li MAII ‘15

Jonathan Li MAII ‘15

Hometown: Hong Kong

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2015

What brought you to occupational therapy?
Being a person who is big on balance and practicing what I preach, I believe occupational therapy was the field for me. I want to learn more about myself and the field of occupational therapy and be educated on how I can share my experience with others. Helping others come closer to achieving their potential while leading happy, healthy, balanced life.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Ergonomics, Wellness, Lifestyle Redesign, Home Modification, Pain Management

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Exploring the city of Los Angeles and hopefully partaking in a road trip to the various states in the United States. Enjoying the various restaurants available in Los Angeles. Spending time with my family, especially my younger sister who is also studying in USC, and meeting up with my friends. I also enjoy sports and am willing to try new sports if given the opportunity. Some of the sports I currently do are hiking, running and practicing Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. I also enjoy playing a computer game called Leagues of Legends.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The one superpower I would like to have is the power cosmic, which the Silver Surfer has. The power cosmic, in itself, consists of a lot of other powers, however, so it would not be fair. Instead, if I was given one super power, it will be telekinesis with the ability to manipulate molecules. I believe this power will provide me abilities to do much to help the world. If it is a cancerous tumor, I can manipulate the molecules to remove it; if a device is needed I can manipulate the molecules to create one. It provides an infinite potential only limited by one’s own mind.

If you could choose anyone (living or dead) to be your mentor, who would you pick?
It would be Wong Fei Hung. Wong Fei Hung is a folk hero that is well known for his martial arts skills, Chinese medicine skills, helping his country and compassion. These are all skills I would love to have and wish I will be able to use it to benefit and improve society in the future.

If you got to choose to be a comic character, who would you want to be?
I would choose to be either Silver Surfer or Cable from the Marvel Comics. Although both of these characters tend to be more of an anti-hero, I want to be these characters since I enjoy the freedom they have, allowing them to either time travel or explore the universe. They also share similarities in wanting to better the world through actions. Despite the many positive deeds, they both have their own limitations such as facing their death due to old age or constantly fighting an illness similar to cancer while pursuing their goals.