Leiyanne Roldan MA ’23
Hometown: Monterey Park, CA
Program: Bachelor’s to Master’s, Class of 2023
What brought you to USC?
USC felt like the ideal school for me since I knew I wanted to pursue Occupational Therapy as a career while being close to my home city. USC has exceeded my expectations in providing academic rigor as well as exceptional school spirit and so many familial bonds!
What brought you to Occupational Therapy?
Growing up with my parents who are both nurses, they always advised me to pursue a job in the medical field. My parents would often tell me how impactful Occupational Therapists were on their patients and as a volunteer at Keck Hospital, I found a deep interest and appreciation for Occupational Therapists. After much research and deliberation between majors and jobs, I decided to apply to USC as an Occupational Therapy major. To this day I am incredibly grateful for the academic and professional opportunities I have encountered through this program.
Describe your favorite occupational therapy course.
In fall of my sophomore year, I took OT-260: Human Functional Anatomy. Although this course was heavy on memorization, I still found it enjoyable to prepare for quizzes and exams because it was primarily through visual learning. Having access to the cadaver lab through this course was an experience that I am incredibly grateful for as well.
If your childhood has a smell, what would it be?
Crayons and watercolor paint!
What are some small things that make your day better?
Matcha lattes and cloudy weather.