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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Undergraduate Minor in Occupational Science | Meet the Students

Cristina R. Garcia OS Minor ‘19

Cristina R. Garcia OS Minor ‘19

Hometown: Oxnard, CA

Program: Minor in Occupational Science, Class of 2019

What brought you to USC?
Being from southern California, I have always been interested in USC. But when I came for Explore SC day in the spring, I knew that it was the place for me. I love how passionate everyone is in their area of interest, how strong of a community USC is, and all of the resources that are available for students to ensure a successful and fulfilling college experience!

Describe your favorite occupational science minor course.
My favorite occupational science minor course has been OT-251 Across the Lifespan: Occupations, Health and Disability. I love how we looked at health and occupation from a holistic lens and considered the person across the lifespan. The class was structured in such a way that in teams, we had to collaborate and come to solutions to deal with certain issues our patients’ faced. This approach was very helpful in applying the concepts we learned in our readings to real world situations that we would once day be challenged with as occupational therapists.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Some of my favorite occupations include being active in nature and practicing art. I love combining my love for sports and the outdoors; I enjoy trail running, swimming in the ocean, and anything else that gets me moving in fresh air. I also like to draw and paint, and have most recently been practicing watercolor techniques.

Tell us about your favorite memory at USC so far.
One of my favorite memories at USC was when I helped film Olympic track and field medalist, DeeDee Trotter, for a promotional video. I have admired the athlete for years and was so excited to not only meet her, but become friends with her through the project.

What song can you sing entirely by heart?
“Fotografía” by Juanes and Nelly Furtado. It is a song that I love and can’t help but to sing along to it whenever I hear it play.

What are some small things that make your day better?
I love unexpectedly running into old friends, receiving mail from my family, and having enough time to just sit and admire campus and the day.