Scholarship Stories: Mike Mikhail Memorial Scholarship Winner Danni Olarig

Stanbridge University proudly presents Scholarship Stories as an inspiring reminder of ambition and dedication. Join us in congratulating Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student Danni Olarig, our 2022 Mike Mikhail Memorial Scholarship recipient. The California Association of Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) awards the scholarship to recent immigrants or first-generation students who demonstrate academic excellence and dedication to their chosen field.

Where are you from?

I was born in Bangkok, Thailand but currently live in Orange County, CA.

What is your educational background?

Before coming to Stanbridge, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cal State Fullerton.

What are you most looking forward to as you continue your OT studies?

I am most excited to get out into the field and find my ideal practice setting. I’m also looking forward to meeting other therapists who are knowledgeable and passionate about OT.

Do you have a favorite Stanbridge memory, class, or instructor?

The best Stanbridge memories I have are times I got to hang out with my peers or instructors and learn more about why they love occupational therapy.

Why do you want to be an occupational therapist?

I want to be an occupational therapist because I love working with people and want to be in a position to use my professional skill set to help those around me.

Where do you ultimately want to work?

I am still exploring where my niche is and will tell you in two years!

What do you like to do for fun?

When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy running, going to the park, watching Netflix, cooking, and hanging out with my wife.

Best study tip?

Mix it up every once in a while! Study with friends, at school, on Zoom, etc.

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