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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Stefanie Kuizon OS Minor ‘19

Stefanie Kuizon OS Minor ‘19

Hometown: South Pasadena, CA

Program: Minor in Occupational Science, Class of 2019

Major: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Minor: Occupational Science & East Asian Language and Culture

What brought you to USC?
I always knew I wanted to come to USC and when I visited campus, I became absolutely certain I was meant to be here. Everyone was so happy here, doing such amazing things, and just so supportive of each other. I fell in love with the Trojan Family and haven’t regretted it since. 

What made you decide to pursue the occupational science minor?
I first came across OT during a health professionals networking event. I was pre-PA at the time and decided to talk to the OT during the second breakout session since I had never heard of the field before. Almost immediately, I sensed the passion the man had for the field and this was a passion I’ve never come across before. I became curious about this holistic field and enrolled in OT 220. After taking this introductory course and finding mentor who was a current OT masters student, I became convinced this was the field for me. I began enrolling in at least one OT class a semester and enrolled in the minor.

What are some of the occupations you engage in?
Many of my favorite occupations involve the arts and creativity such as scrapbooking and painting - a reason why I loved OT 310 (Creativity Workshop). I also enjoy hiking, yoga, video editing, and most recently cooking.

What song can you sing entirely by heart?
I can sing most Taylor Swift songs (those prior to her album 1989) by heart. Just the other day, my friend and I started to sing “You Belong With Me” randomly on campus. I also have “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion memorized since it’s my go to karaoke song with my grandmother.

What are some small things that make your day better?
Bumping into friends unexpectedly on campus, a peaceful walk between campus and home, listening to my favorite song, taking a few minutes to meditate, and a cup of either jasmine milk tea or rose milk tea with boba.