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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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Dejaney Clark MA ’23

Dejaney Clark MA ’23

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Program: Entry-Level Professional Master’s, Class of 2023

What brought you to occupational therapy?
At a very young age, I became interested in working in healthcare because of my own experiences as a kid after being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I wanted to make an impact on others with similar experiences as myself, and had an interest in both physical and mental health. The holistic values that OT holds are what interested me the most and gravitated me towards the career!

What area of practice are you interested in?
I originally came into the program with an interest in pediatrics and working in the NICU, however after my first level 1 experience I also have grown an interest in hand therapy and adult rehabilitation in general. I’m excited to have more hands-on experience and figure out what area of OT is the best fit for me!

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Some of the occupations I love to engage in are hanging out with friends, going to the beach, roller skating, and sleeping.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I would love to go to Bali to explore and spend some relaxing time on the beach!

You have your own late night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?
I would invite Ari Lennox because she’s hilarious and one of my favorite R&B singers!