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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Marisa Rojo MAII ‘21

Marisa Rojo MAII ‘21

Hometown: Hacienda Heights, CA

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

What brought you to occupational therapy?
Growing up as an athlete, I have always been interested and amazed by the human body! I have seen health care providers throughout my life playing an impactful role in rehabilitation through my grandma with dementia, my aunt with bipolar disorder, and my sister, a cancer survivor. I am excited to become someone that will have a positive affect on the health of another’s well being!

What area of practice are you interested in?
One thing about occupational therapy that I love is that there are so many options to practice in! Growing up with an aunt with Bipolar disorder, I am immediately drawn to mental health. I am also interested in learning more about health wellness or possibly working with athletes! I’m excited to find my practice throughout the program.

Describe your background before coming to occupational therapy.
I have played volleyball since I was 13 years old and also continued to play collegiately. After graduating, I took a year off working as a Behavioral therapist for kids with autism while also volunteering and shadowing occupational therapists in different practices.

If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?
My grandma’s handmade corn tortillas.

If you could visit any time in history, where would you go and why?
The 50s…who wouldn’t want to live through the Beatles era?!

What are some small things that make your day better?
Seeing how excited my dogs get when I get home