University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Jessie Tien BS-MA ‘21

Jessie Tien BS-MA ‘21

Hometown: Walnut, CA

Program: Bachelor's to Master's, Class of 2021

What brought you to USC?
The proximity to home, the campus atmosphere, the brimming amount of extracurricular opportunities, but mostly the wonderful OT program!

What brought you to Occupational Therapy?
Throughout high school, I volunteered with an organization for disabled youth. We focused on social interaction, community building, and developing independence through activities such as: music, arts and crafts, cooking, chores, social outings, etc. I remember Googling professions involved with disabled youth and I found out about OT. I realized some of the volunteer work I was doing resembled a very rudimentary version of OT. As I looked further into OT, I realized its principles matched what I was looking for in a lifelong career.

Describe your favorite occupational therapy course.
My favorite course so far has been OT260: Anatomy for Allied Health Professions. I’ve always had a fascination with the human body, and us OT students are so fortunate to learn with actual human cadavers at the undergraduate level (Not even the pre-med students get that privilege!).

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
On the weekends, you can catch me paddling with the USC Dragon Boat team; during the week, I like to hit the gym. No matter how busy I am, I carve out time for journalling as a form of self-care. I also enjoy going to cafes, putting on face masks, and exploring!

How do you plan to use Occupational Therapy in the future?
I plan to combine both Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Science to work with populations with neurological disorders. But there’s still so much for me to discover and I’m open to anything, so who knows where I’ll take off?!

If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?
DoubleMint gum, my mom’s flower shop, Chinese food, and fruits from my backyard

What are some small things that make your day better?
Biking around campus at night, sweating it out at the gym, when someone tells me “I saw something that made me think of you,” and ice cream