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

Tess Suhrbier MAII ‘16

Tess Suhrbier MAII ‘16

Hometown: Clyde Hill, WA

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2016

What brought you to occupational therapy?
As an undergraduate student, I decided to pursue a career in health care but had a hard time finding my niche. My sophomore year, I had somewhat of a mid-college crisis and confided in a friend. I described to her what my ideal career would look like. She gave me a simple response: “you should do what my mom does.” When I asked her about her mom’s profession, I learned that she was an occupational therapist. This was the first time I had ever heard about the field. I went home and looked it up and couldn’t believe how tailor made the profession was for me. It was serendipity: I found a career that would encompass everything I could muster intellectually and all of the personal attributes I could bring to the table.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Inpatient Acute (Neuro)

Tell us about your favorite memory from the program so far:
My favorite memory from the program was having the opportunity to design and pilot a social based health and wellness group for LGBT college and graduate students. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to be able to work closely with a friend and colleague from the program to design something new and innovative that is not currently addressed in healthcare. 

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?
Chicken and kale…I’m somewhat of a one trick pony when it comes to the kitchen.

If you could choose anyone (living or dead) to be your mentor, who would you pick?
I was lucky enough to have Dr. Jess Holguin as a clinical instructor for my first level I fieldwork and I wouldn’t trade his mentorship for anyone: living or dead. He truly epitomizes everything that is wonderful about our practice and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be his student. He instilled me with the professional and clinical reasoning skills to enter the field confidently. Learning from him drastically changed my course in the program, he helped me find a true passion in neuro and I will forever be thankful for that.