Q&A with master’s student Giovanna Manson-Hing

Giovanna Manson-Hing, a member of the USC Master of Arts in Gerontology class of 2021, shares her experiences and future plans to promote brain health and support caregivers.

Q: What are you studying at the USC Leonard Davis School?

A: Masters of Arts in Gerontology, Class of 2021

Q: What inspired you to pick this program?

A: I sought a program that specializes in Alzheimer’s knowledge and has strong connections with other local, national and global organizations. I knew being a student at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology would catapult me into the field of aging and help me to network with various invested stakeholders who support those affected by Alzheimer’s including those diagnosed and their caregivers. I also wanted to stay in Southern California.

Q: What do you plan on doing with your degree once you graduate, and what are your career goals?

A: I plan on working with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and City of Los Angeles Department of Aging with their Healthy Brain Initiatives for LA County’s diverse and highly dense aging population. My career goals are to influence brain health, Alzheimer’s and caregiving policies to increase the support/funding for these groups and to increase awareness about the challenges these groups face in order to set up sustainable solutions (funding and benefits) by 2030 and beyond.

Q: What is the most rewarding or interesting part about studying at USC?

A: The connectedness among all Trojans and their willingness to help others with learning and growing both academically and professionally.

Q: What are some other projects or activities that you’ve been involved in?

A: I’ve attended the Project Reveal C.A.R.E Caregiver Conference hosted by the USC Family Caregiver Support Center; I’ve held a Graduate Student Representative position on the Student Gerontology Association, and I have been active on the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, which is the largest youth-led Alzheimer’s nonprofit organization in the nation.

Q: What is one of your favorite courses you’ve taken at the School?

A: It’s a tie: between the Mind and Body Connection, which focuses on how stress affects the body and can lead to illness and how to prevent that by managing stress in healthy ways, and the Art of Geriatric Symptom Management, which focuses on various strategies and program available to manage symptoms in the geriatric and end of life population.