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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Jessica Jeong MA ’22

Jessica Jeong MA ’22

Hometown: Eastvale, CA

Program: Entry-Level Professional Master’s, Class of 2022

What brought you to occupational therapy?
Initially I wanted to be a teacher for students with developmental disabilities but I learned about OT my freshman year in college and really aligned with its value of occupational justice. I want to support those with any disability, chronic illness, or limitation get back to their day to day life and do things they love to do.

What area of practice are you interested in?
As of now, I’m interested in neurorehabilitation and hand therapy but keeping myself open to different areas I’ll be learning about throughout the program!

Tell us about your favorite memory from the program so far.
My favorite memory so far was our first day of in person labs where I finally got to meet my classmates after 3 months since starting our program. It was a weird but exciting moment after knowing them online and then finally seeing each other. We took our first picture as a cohort (masked of course) and had some socially distanced chats after lab. Starting grad school during a pandemic has been tough but thankful for cohort A!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I hope to go on a Korea and Japan trip one day. They’re both known for amazing food and cute cafes which are some of my favorite things!

You have your own late night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?
It would be so cool to interview Elon Musk and ask him about Neuralink! I’d love to know more about it and its implications on the future of neurorehabilitation.