University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Mina Delavar MA II ‘20

Mina Delavar MA II ‘20

Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA

Program: Entry-Level Master's, Class of May 2020

What brought you to occupational therapy?
The harmonious combination of science, psychology, creativity, and health and wellness promotion drew me to OT. My mom is an elementary school teacher, and she initially introduced me to this field. Once I learned about its eclectic facets across the lifespan, its flexibility in different settings, and its profound role in shaping people’s quality of life in personalized ways, I knew occupational therapy was the field for me. This quote beautifully captures OT’s philosophy, “Medicine may add days to life, but occupational therapy adds life to days.”


What area of practice are you interested in?
I take great interest in occupational therapy’s role in oncology. Additionally, Lifestyle Redesign® synchronizes with my interest in health prevention and promotion for chronic conditions. After all, health and wellness are key factors in performing daily occupations.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
I love discovering new restaurants to try (avid yelper), going to concerts, kickboxing, journaling, cooking, traveling, and watching documentaries.

What song can you sing entirely by heart?
Honestly, there are too many to count, but I can guarantee anything by John Mayer.

What are some small things that make your day better?
Meaningful conversations with strangers on public transportation (or Uber/Lyft drivers), ice cream, re-watching episodes of The Office, and drives by the beach!