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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Ava Tehrani MA2 ‘21

Ava Tehrani MA2 ‘21

Hometown: Lompoc, California

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of 2021

What brought you to occupational therapy?
In my various professions, occupational therapists always contributed in meaningful and often profound ways which allowed me to move forward with my clients and/or students.  The unique lens from which they viewed the clients and/or students I worked with as well as the impact that they had on me (and them) led me down the path of wanting to become an occupational therapist.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Attending concerts, cooking, exploring, kayaking, hiking, gardening, foraging, playing, swimming, sleeping, and netflixing.

Tell us about your favorite memory from the program so far.
My favorite memory thus far is bearing witness to Michael Sugar’s raw, emotional, and inspiring story. He emphasized the importance of forging a collaborative relationship with his doctor which allowed access to his full humanity. I strive to provide that platform for my future clients should they seek it.

If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?
The various aromas associated with my grandmother preparing food—particularly fried onions and saffron.

What song can you sing entirely by heart?
White Ferrari by Frank Ocean.