University of Southern California
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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Student Ambassador Blog | Evan



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It’s unbelievable that my leadership capstone class, which meets every Monday at 1pm, represents the last opportunity my entire MA-II class will have to be together in one room.  It seems like only yesterday that we were all meeting each other for the first time!  These two years have just flown by.  To be honest, at the time I entered grad school I was feeling very nervous about my choice to come back to school and pursue a second career.  Now I feel so good about that decision, and grateful that the experience has surpassed my expectations.  Simply put, I’ve met some of the best people I’ve ever known here in the USC Chan Division.  I have learned so very much.  Not only do I feel ready and competent to move on to an OTD residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, but the base of knowledge and experience I have gained through this curriculum will serve me as a person, father, and husband for the rest of my life.  Thanks sincerely to my student colleagues and every professor and staff member that has made this journey special for us.  It’s an amazing gift to be in a position where you genuinely feel you can help people.

And to those of you who were wondering if it is really possible to have kids in Grad School, I’m happy to report that my second child was born in December!  She is my soulmate.  Sure, these last few months have been busy.  It’s taken a lot of hard work and determination to get everything on the list done each day.  But with the sincere support of this department, which really means the world to me, I’ve been able to stay on course.

So all of you who might be wondering if a return to grad school might just be too much, I’m here to tell you it’s possible!  Keep the faith, work hard, and good things will happen.  I believe this with all my heart.

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