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A Day in the Life of an OT Student

Jodie

February 22, 2016
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Jodie

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Ever wonder what a typical day as a Trojan OT student looks like? As student ambassadors, we often get asked this question so I thought that it would be helpful to actually see what a typical day is like! I documented my Monday schedule to share with all of you. Just a reminder that I am currently in my second year of the program, halfway through Spring semester! 😊

Parking sign at HSC campus
Entrance to HSC parking structure
Sunrise at HSC
Exterior of CHP building
CHP noticeboard

As many of you already know, our program is located in the Center for Health Professions (CHP) on the USC Health Sciences Campus (HSC). I commute to HSC from Monterey Park, which is only about a 20 minute drive taking local streets. I park in the Biggy Parking Structure — one of the closest parking lots to the CHP building. 

Chan sign on wall of CHP building
Corridor inside CHP building
Sign directing to USC Chan main office
Door of USC Chan main office
Rashelle, in one of the USC Chan offices
Typical PC in USC Chan office

On Mondays, I start my morning off working in the ambassador’s office from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. The ambassador’s office is located in our division’s main office in Room 133. Here you see my fellow student ambassador, Rashelle, already working hard in the office!

Towards the end of the CHP corridor
Downstairs to the ground level
Downstairs to the ground level
Ground level corridor in CHP building
Door to G37 auditorium
Inside the G37 auditorium

Once I’m done with my shift, it is time for my first (& only) class of the day: OT 540 Leadership Capstone. All the second year students take this course together from 1 PM to 3:20 PM in room G-37, our large auditorium located on the first floor of CHP.

Working and socializing on the CHP patio
Working and socializing on the CHP patio
Working and socializing on the CHP patio

After OT 540, we are done with class for the day! I like to spend the rest of my afternoon catching up with classmates and getting schoolwork done. Seen in these pictures are some of my classmates sitting out on the CHP patio, catching up after a busy morning in class.

Exterior of the SOTO building
Exterior of the SOTO building
In the HSC Fitness center
In the HSC Fitness center

I also enjoy going to the HSC Fitness center, located in the Soto Building less than a mile away from CHP. Since this fitness center is so close to CHP, it is convenient to squeeze in a workout whenever it best fits in my daily schedule. Every USC student has access to this gym so feel free to take advantage of this beautiful facility! (Disclaimer: that is not me doing the push up! :ohh:)

Checking planner
Packing bag
Setting alarms on phone

After all my activities from the day are done, I make my way back home in the evening and relax and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures! This usually consists of checking my planner for any reminders, packing my bag, and setting (multiple) alarms so that I’m all ready to go in the morning. :cheese: