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For Meera Motta, an international master's student from India, an interest in kinesiology with emphasis in adapted physical activity turned from professional to personal when she was involved in an accident and suffered traumatic brain injury with multiple facial fractures. While friends and family urged her to take a break from her academics, she refused to miss even one semester. Instead, she used everything she had ever learned about rehabilitation to get better. She discovered that while it's difficult to be your own patient, will power and a determination to not give up can carry you through almost anything!
Area of study:
Kinesiology/Adapted Physical Activity (M.S.)
To work in the area of rehabilitation.
1. Why did you choose Cal State Northridge?
Because of the Adapted Physical Activity program. Not too many universities offer it. I have a degree in Physical Therapy, but physical therapy is only short-term. After physical therapy, rehabilitation continues with adapted physical activity. Now I have the whole idea of rehabilitation-what happens at each stage.
2. What types of things are you involved with outside of class?
I have two jobs-I'm a staff member in the Kinesiology Department, helping people with special needs, and I'm a customer service attendant for the Satellite Student Union. I'm also very involved with the SPICE program (Student Panels for an International Curriculum & Education) where I give presentations on different topics. I really like public speaking. I also plan on joining the International Student Mentor program.
3. Have you earned any awards or have any special achievements?
I'm a member of the Phi Beta Delta honor society and I am the recipient of the Adele Juarez Scholarship, an international scholarship award.
4. What do you like to do in your free time-on and off campus?
I don't really have a lot of free time. When I do I like to work out. I also love to swim.
5. What's the best thing about being a student at Cal State Northridge?
If you really want to learn, if you really want to make your career, there are many options you can choose at Cal State Northridge. There are many things you can do to develop different skills. Some places are just about studying and getting your degree. But here, you can grow overall, if you want to.
6. What's one piece of advice that you'd give to incoming students?
I would tell students to involve themselves in different activities-apart from preparing for their degree. They should go for their overall development, and try to grow in different aspects, not just academically. In your career, your degree is important, but to be a successful person, there are several other qualities which a person needs in making himself/herself stand out. And you can only achieve them through participating in various activities other than studies.