Danielle Werner

Multifaceted

About Me

I was born in 1991 in South Africa, but I was quickly whisked away in 1996 to Shanghai, China. I went to the American school there for most of my eight years in China. From the age of 14, I went to high school in Yokohama, Japan. With the desire to try living somewhere where the locals spoke English, I decided to go to a British university, choosing Oxford Brookes University for its location and its friendly teaching staff. Oxford seemed perfect – not too big, not too small – and it was just close enough to where my family chose to live so that I could swing round for the weekend.

I chose occupational therapy because I had always liked hands-on problem-solving, and I had always been drawn to working with children. I wanted a career that allowed for both, and occupational therapy offered this, as well as so many other potential paths if I decided otherwise.

Since then, I have come to know myself a little more, and I have realised that my ideal career would involve an overlap of human and technology, one day potentially designing or improving software, hardware or websites so that they are easier, more enjoyable and more productive to use. I believe that occupational therapy provided the right foundation of knowledge and skills (e.g. communication, problem-identification, psychology, etc.) to build my career in helping people through the mode of computers.

However, my interests do not end there. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, reading, oil painting, going to the movies and learning new things. It was the latter interest that drove me to learn HTML and make this site. I also have a love for travelling, which is probably thanks to the frequent globe-trotting of my family while growing up. The only continents I have yet to go to are South America and Antartica, and I'm sure I could cross both off on one good holiday!