Leah King OS Minor ’20
Program: Minor in Occupational Science, Class of 2020
Cognitive Science and East Asian Area Studies
What brought you to USC?
Scholarships and DI Rowing
Describe your favorite occupational science minor course.
I took Linsey Smith’s Across the Lifespan: Occupation, Health, and Disability class last semester and it was my favorite class I’ve taken at USC. It wasn’t your standard lecture and then take a test. We did different projects, activities that were engaging. All the lessons I learned stuck with me and got me thinking like an OT. I’m working at a Pediatric Occupation Therapy Clinic this summer and I’ve been applying the lessons I’ve learned during the childhood section of the class when I’m working with the kids. Also, Prof. Smith is such an amazing and kind teacher.
What made you decide to pursue occupational science?
I knew from a young age I’ve always wanted to help people I just didn’t know how to. It wasn’t until I went to my grandma’s OT sessions in Chicago that I found out about OT. I wanted to change my career path immediately and called USC’s OT program. They were so helpful and informative. I was a junior at the time so I couldn’t do the major but I was able to look into the minor. Something else that I love about USC’s OT department is the Global and China initiatives program where USC students can interact and engage with students across the world who also want to purse OT. I got to work with Danny Park and meet students from Taiwan and Korea.
What song can you sing entirely by heart?
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey or any Journey song. I love classic rock.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Calling my family and best friends back home when I walk in-between classes. It’s always good to hear their voices.