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

Monica Stephen MAII ‘15

Monica Stephen MAII ‘15

Hometown: La Canada, CA

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

What brought you to occupational therapy?
During my undergrad, my roommates found two ladies for me to live with while they went home for summer break. The two students moved to LA for their fieldwork and were studying something called occupational therapy. They came home every day exhausted but genuinely excited about what they were working on and the incredible people they met at their sites. It didn’t take long (just a couple of explanations of what occupational therapy was) for me to realize that this is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life! I applied the following year.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
I love to travel, hike, camp, swim, paint, dance around, and practice yoga. If there was more time in the day, I’d like to get better at piano, surfing, and the ukulele.

Tell us about your favorite memory from the program so far.
Though it was one of the most intensive learning experiences I’ve had, the first summer in the program was my favorite. There was a lot of bonding, and Dr. Fazio‘s Creativity, Craft and Activity Analysis class was the best.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Time travel! I would visit the dinosaurs, hang out with the great philosophers of ancient Greece, catch a performance by Duke Ellington, meet Hokusai, see what Angkor Wat or Machu Picchu were like, and have most excellent adventures.

If you could choose anyone (living or dead) to be your mentor, who would you pick?
If there’s anyone throughout history who disproved the saying “jack of all trades, master of none,” it was Leonardo da Vinci. I could learn so much from him.