Leah King OS Minor ’20
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.
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.