University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Meet the Bachelor's to Master's Students

Ellen Wleklinski, BS-MA ‘15

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

What brought you to occupational therapy?

I knew I wanted to be in a health profession, but I didn’t want to prescribe medicine. I wanted to help people lead healthy, meaningful lives.

What area of practice are you interested in?

I’m interested in adult rehabilitation and lifestyle redesign.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?

I play flute in the Trojan Marching Band; I love distance running and cooking!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have one superpower, it would be always knowing the right question to ask! I would learn things I never would otherwise know, and I would be able to gain the most possible from the experience of others!

What Hogwarts house would you be in and why?

I would be in Gryffindor, because I’m courageous, skillful, scholarly, ambitious, and faithful!

Nicté Sobrino, BS-MA ‘14

Hometown: Whittier, California

What brought you to occupational therapy?

I was originally a psychology major at USC. I took a Developmental Psych class my first semester, and OT ambassadors came into class and told us that if we liked what we were learning, that maybe we would be interested in something called occupational therapy. I took a flier and was interested, but didn’t act on it. The very next semester, I took an Abnormal Psych class and the very same people came in and did another presentation. By then, I figured it was fate and that I should look into what this field was that kept trying to pull me in. I took two Intro to OT courses (one with Kim Morris-Eggleston, the other with Kate Crowley), and I was hooked. I took the steps to apply to the program and signed up for every one of the prerequisite courses that I hadn’t already completed. I don’t remember wanting something so badly in my entire life than to get accepted to the program. And here I am today!

What area of practice are you interested in?

All of them. I’m having a really difficult time narrowing down exactly what I want to do because everything is so interesting and I could see myself in any of the fields. But that’s what I love about OT - I can move from field to field if I ever feel like it!

What are some of the occupations you engage in?

My two favorite occupations are making art and playing quidditch! I was the captain of our club quidditch team for two years, but I recently stepped down so I could focus more on my final year of grad school. I will try almost anything in art that I can get my hands on—painting, drawing, clay, wire, anything. My favorite is oil painting, though.

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?

Bacon. And leftovers. I really need to go to the grocery store.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

To fly. That’s something I’ve wanted since I was a kid. I’d choose flight over pretty much any other power. There’s just something so wonderful about not being confined to the ground.

Tina Sehremelis, BS-MA ‘15

Hometown: Seal Beach, California

What brought you to occupational therapy?

I was always interested in going into the medical profession; however, it was a family friend who introduced me to occupational therapy.  After she described to me everything she did as an OT, I knew that this career matched up with my professional aspirations.

What area of practice are you interested in?

Pediatrics, specifically interested in working in the NICU.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?

I enjoy playing tennis, hiking, going to the beach, and running.

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?

My fridge would be filled with Chobani yogurts because I am obsessed with that brand of Greek yogurts. My roommates laugh at me because my fridge is currently overflowing with Chobani yogurts.

What are two truths and a lie about yourself?

I am 100% Greek. I have never had braces. I am the oldest of six children.

Melissa Schram, BS-MA ‘14

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

What brought you to occupational therapy?

I fell in love with occupational therapy after learning about it at USC and then observing a few OTs during the summer before my sophomore year of college. I was lucky to find out about the progressive degree and I was able to get all the prerequisites done during college and begin the master’s program as a senior!  I’m so happy that everything worked out!

What are some of the occupations you engage in?

I love to watch Gilmore Girls and spend time with friends and family.  I enjoy doing yoga but wish I had more time to do it!

If we opened your fridge, what would we see?

In my fridge right now there are some carrots and ranch dressing, grapes, leftover pizza from my dinner last night, milk, and chocolate chip cookie dough. The essentials!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would like to be able to make myself invisible because I love to people-watch.

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USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914, acoteonline.org

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.® www.nbcot.org

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