Lunar New Year Celebrations >
February 27, 2015
The Global Initiatives team organized a Chinese new lunar year dinner at the Plum Tree Inn in China town. Adley Chan and Daniel Park put together a diverse group of international students together with the faculty.
The organizers laid out a large spread of Chinese cuisine including a jellyfish appetizer. They took into special consideration the vegetarian students and had several vegetarian dishes for the several Indian and vegetarian therapists and students.
Chinese New Year: It is the year of the goat, and obviously there was a lengthy discussion on Chinese zodiac animals and everyone wanted to find out which sign they were and the significance. Mine is the Dragon ☺.
Adley Chan informed us on the correct way of eating noodles and they say NEVER cut a noodle before it is entirely in your mouth. In China, people have the custom to eat noodles on the birthdays. The long and continuous noodle strips are the symbolic meaning of longevity. So people who choose to eat noodles on the birthdays show their wishes to live longer and maintain a better life. The noodle represents longevity and cutting it before it reaches the mouth indicates bad luck, cutting the longevity and good health.
All in all it was a fun, laughter filled dinner and getting to know the faculty and other students better. Happy Chinese New Year!!!
Time is going by too quickly! >
January 31, 2015
Time is going by way too fast! It was just a few months back when I moved to a new country to pursue my master’s degree in occupational therapy, and here I am today looking for hotels and making reservations for my family to attend my graduation, which is in a couple of months!
I understand why time is going by so quickly though— I am busy, I am occupied and I am enjoying it. This semester has a much heavier workload compared to the first semester. Most people cringe at the thought of more work, but not me. The more productive I am the better I feel about myself. I don’t see many of my classmates anymore as we are immersed into the electives with the rest of the second-years. We are being pushed out of our cozy comfort zone, and finally interacting with the other occupational therapy students.
A lot of good things are happening this semester, as we slowly edge towards reality. I bought a car to help me commute to Torrance thrice a week for the Sensory Integration Certification Course at Pediatric Therapy Network. It is hard to believe that in a couple of months we are going to be sitting for the NBCOT exams and looking for a job as licensed and registered OTs and also a certified SI therapist. It is going to be an exciting time and the light at the end of the tunnel is keeping me going!
End of First Semester! >
December 14, 2014
The last few weeks of the end of the semester was a busy busy time! Hence I apologize for the late blogging. It was assignments, presentations, exams, and paper submissions in a random and recurrent order until the last day! What a relief that day was.
Of course the completion of my first semester called for a celebration and as a foreigner in America I had to do the Cheese Cake Factory at a fancy mall ☺. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and a scrumptious pecan pumpkin cheesecake.
The day after finals most people sleep in, but then again I am not most people! I woke up early to study again for my Californian driving test, which didn’t happen due to several reasons that I shall not dwell upon. Followed by running around town completing errands such as returning borrowed books.
Friday evening was well spent at the San Antonio Winery (another first) for our Recruitment/Admissions Team holiday dinner. It was a wonderful laughter filled dinner with all the student ambassadors and Sarah Kelly, Helen Merseidi, Liz Carley and Kim Kelton! We exchanged gifts, and our most memorable and funny moments of this semester.
It has been a special semester for me and USC and LA has exceeded my expectations! It’s the holidays and I am in Summerville/ Charleston, South Carolina with the only and very special family I have in America, with the promise of putting on weight and recharging to fight on harder in the next and sighhh… my last semester.
Beautiful Summerville Sunset
OT/PT Forum 2014 >
November 11, 2014
In our line of work, collaboration between rehab professionals is fundamental, as a client will always need a team to work with. No one therapist can do it all, since there may be needs that the client will have that are out of the scope of one’s profession.
So the Alpha Eta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon and the Physical Therapy Student Association of USC got together to bring us the 5th Annual OT/PT Forum to enable the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students to come together and acquire a better understanding and scope of each one’s profession.
The event began with a wonderful dinner where the students mingled and learnt about their academic courses and how they proceed, the different clinical experiences they have and what OTs and PTs thought of one another ☺. During this time we also had plenty time to look at educational posters from both professions.
Soon after we dove straight into the program with welcome addresses from DR. Florence Clark and Dr. James Gordon the Associate Deans and Division Chairs of Occupational Science & Therapy, and Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy respectively.
There were two case study presentations, the first on Physical Disabilities and the second on Pediatrics. It was interesting to learn how the OTs and PTs worked together on cases where we as soon to be professionals would not have thought to intervene. The one that amazed me most was the collaboration between the 2 professions on a case of cystic fibrosis with a double lung transport.
Great initiative!!! Fight On OTs and PTs!!!
Transportation In LA >
November 1, 2014
Deciding where to live can be a confusing task, specifically when you’re new to USC and LA. The most important thing to take into account is transport and accessibility.
Here are a few things to consider if you will be living at the OT House:
1. USC has 2 campuses. Health Sciences Campus (HSC) and University Park Campus (UPC). For masters’ students all the classes except for field work and some elective courses will be held at HSC.
2. OT house – Centennial Apartments is located on UPC
3. Students who don’t have a car in LA shouldn’t feel homebound because they don’t have a car. Make use of the free transport services available. More information can be found here.
4. The USC transport not only provides transport from residential areas around the campus to the campus but also inter campus i.e. from UPC to HSC with a stop at Union Station.
5. They also have special services like the shuttles that go to LA live every Friday and Saturday, and recently started an intercampus tram on the weekends as well.
6. Campus cruisers – this is a free car service. If you are one of the many individuals who work, study or take classes at night, you don’t have to walk to your car or home alone. The USC Campus Cruiser Service offers either a walking or vehicle escort to your destination.
7. Download the USC transportation app for cell phones. This allows you to track buses and cruisers in live time. It can save you a lot of time.
8. There are many events hosted by the division and university. Do not hesitate to attend them because you don’t have a ride to the event. In my experience I have found everyone understands how difficult it is to get around LA without a car – so just ask people if you can carpool with them. Most will be more than happy to help.
This is LA, ensure your safety by maximizing use of the safe and free transport that USC offers!!