B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Tinley Park, Illinois
“ I chose Midwestern because not only do I want to be a competent therapist, but I also aspire to be a leader in this field. I was impressed with the emphasis on leadership and mentorship that Midwestern has. ”Bryanna Johnson
Occupational Therapy Student, Class of 2023
Tell us about your path towards medicine.
I decided I wanted to go into Occupational Therapy because I saw firsthand how much it helped a family member become more independent even after suffering from dementia. I have spent the past few years working with individuals with disabilities and have seen the importance of OT to their families. I took two gap years after college to gain experience working at an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) clinic and then a therapeutic school before starting OT school.
What made you choose Midwestern University?
I chose Midwestern because not only do I want to be a competent therapist, but I also aspire to be a leader in this field. I was impressed with the emphasis on leadership and mentorship at Midwestern University.
What is it like entering the healthcare profession during a global pandemic?
It is a little intimidating not knowing the future due to the global pandemic. However, I think Midwestern is doing a great job reaching out to incoming students to help make us more comfortable. Also, keeping up with current technologies is important and I think MWU is at the forefront of that.
What are you most excited about going forward?
I’m so excited to get to know my classmates and expand my knowledge about occupational therapy! I’m ready to get started in my career and have a wonderful network to connect with.
Bryanna Johnson is a Class of 2023 student from the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at the College of Health Sciences in Downers Grove.