Major in college: General Studies/Education (Humanities emphasis)
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: the faculty and students I meet — thoughtful, knowledgeable, and excited to be here.
If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a back-up singer for Jimmy Buffett.
To me, the Trojan Family is: real. Diverse. A strong community in a sprawling metropolis!
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: in the evening, standing on Trousdale between Doheny and Bovard when they are both lit up.
One of my favorite books is: To Kill a Mockingbird. One of my children had to read it for class, and I re-read it too. I still love it.
Major/Minor in college: Social Science (Psychology emphasis); Chemistry minor
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: the fact that our students are so active, involved, and engaged. Hearing about their research or study abroad experiences always leaves me in awe of all they accomplish here.
If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: an owner of a bakery specializing in chocolate — brownies, cookies, cakes, and a constantly-flowing chocolate fountain.
To me, the Trojan Family is: an instant connection with someone much older or much younger who shares fond memories of being a student at USC.
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: Argue Plaza, just outside the Alumni House. The fountain, benches, and flower trellis make it a beautiful, peaceful outdoor spot to enjoy a good book.
One of my favorite books is: Atonement — what a vibrant and beautifully written novel.
Major in college: Journalism/Advertising
Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas
The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: its context. You're in a liberal arts college and can take advantage of all that entails, like small classes and strong relationships with professors, but at the same time, you're on a large, vibrant, diverse urban campus that is filled with spirit and camaraderie. To me, that's the best of both worlds.
A perfect day in LA would include: Chilaquiles for breakfast, a walk in Griffith Park, and a visit to LACMA.
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the quiet, musty stacks in the basement levels of Doheny Library.
If I weren't in my current job, I would be: the poor man's Tina Fey.
One of my favorite books is: Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. His writing proves that some of the characters you will come to care about the most will also be the most flawed, an idea that usually applies in real life as well.
Major/Minor in college: Social Sciences (Psychology emphasis); Popular Music Studies minor
Hometown: Avondale, AZ
The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: among many other things, the Problems Without Passports (PWP) Program. It's an amazing opportunity for students to both study abroad and conduct firsthand research.
To me, the Trojan Family is: an unparalleled sense of spirit and connection, an irreplaceable community, and the magic that makes USC such a unique institution.
If I weren't in my current job I would be: unemployed. Or maybe in graduate school or traveling the world... while unemployed.
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: Mudd Hall of Philosophy.
One of my favorite books is: Life of Pi because it has a fascinating, novel story and is beautifully written.
Major in college: Writing for the Screen & Television
Hometown: Selma, AL
The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: that the students are passionate about a number of different areas, not just the ones related to their major. They can always be counted on for an insightful, intellectual conversation.
A perfect day in LA would include: breakfast at Grub, lunch at Canter's Deli, and dinner at Father's Office. (And perhaps some non-food related things as well.)
If I weren't in my current job, I would be: entertaining the masses.
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: McCarthy Quad because you always see students having fun, and sometimes, if you're lucky, you happen across an inflatable obstacle course or a giant hill of snow.
One of my favorite books is: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. It's the simple story of a good man.
Major in college: Sociology
Hometown: South Pasadena, California
The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: the opportunities available with so many majors and minors.
My favorite things about living in Los Angeles are: beaches, weather, and cultural diversity.
If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: working in a school district — I love working with young people.
A perfect day in LA would include: an early morning walk on the beach.
One of my favorite books is: The House of the Spirits — It's the type of book that is hard to put down because it has a little bit of everything: history, politics, and romance. One of the best USC Visions and Voices I have attended was seeing Isabel Allende when she visisted to speak about her work.
Major/minors: Psychology major; minors in International Relations and Substance Abuse Prevention
Year in school: Senior
Hometown: West Linn, OR
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the wide variety of classes, majors, and minors available, as well as the amazing faculty.
My dream job is: a clinical psychologist specializing in addiction research and treatment.
My favorite USC memory is: "Dormal." My freshman year, my dorm floor all got dressed up and went out to dinner to celebrate the end of our first year of college. We went to a restaurant close by and shared our funny stories and memories before we all moved out.
My favorite spot on campus is: the waiting area in CAS 100. It's always full of friendly interns and a good spot to get some homework done between classes. I'm also quite partial to the Trojan Family Room in the campus center.
My best ever vacation was: back-to-back trips I took the summer after my sophomore year. I spent three weeks in Europe (Sweden, Russia, and Finland) doing international relations research on military security in the Arctic through the Dornsife Problems without Passports program. Then I spent two weeks with my parents and sister in Bali visiting family members that were living there.
My favorite class at USC has been: Religion 137: Introduction to Islam. The class was taught by an outstanding professor and made up of students studying a mix of majors. I thought the class was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn about a topic that I hear so much about, but don't have much knowledge on.
One of my favorite movies is: The Shawshank Redemption. It's one of the only movies that I consider crying during and has some great quotes.
Major: Philosophy, Politics and Law
Year in school: Sophomore
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the diverse range of opportunities and the flexibility to pursue a variety of interests.
My dream job is: to be a lawyer for Google or to play Major League Baseball.
My favorite USC memory is: the first play of the first USC football game my freshman year. Matt Barkley connected with Marqise Lee for a 75-yard touchdown, and I — along with ninety-three thousand other fans — went wild.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a kangaroo, for three reasons. One, I would love to see Australia. Two, they can jump like Michael Jordan. And three, nobody messes with a kangaroo.
My favorite viral video is: Kyrie Irving's "Uncle Drew" series.
My favorite class at USC has been: Law 300 with Professor Garet. It was a great introduction to legal reasoning, and it changed the way I see rules and laws.
One of my favorite movies is: The Shawshank Redemption. It's the only movie I have liked as much as the book.
Major/minor: Environmental Studies major; Urban Policy and Planning minor
Year in school: Senior
Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the diversity of disciplines and the opportunities to take courses that fit your interest. USC Dornsife offers a liberal arts and sciences experience that you cannot find elsewhere at USC.
My favorite USC memory is: going to a football game with my floor from New/North my freshman year. We sat in the front row, spirited and painted up, and they showed us on the big screen. I felt so proud to be a Trojan and share that connection with my hallmates.
My best ever vacation was: going to Australia with a student group for five weeks. We spent a few days in Sydney (in a cabin up in the hills above Adelaide), had a week-long homestay in rural South Australia, then went camping for ten days thorugh the Outback, where we saw some of the most beautiful landscapes. We finished the trip off with a hike through the rainforests of Queensland followed by snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. It was the most non-stop adventure of my life.
My favorite spot on campus is: Ground Zero. I love the milkshakes, the casual study space, and the performances it hosts. It's a campus gem.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: an eagle, because the thought of flying high above the mountains, diving hundreds of feet, and continuing to glide sounds exhilarating. Why not thrill seek?
One of my favorite books is: The Little Prince. It's a childhood favorite. I can look back and appreciate the metaphors and their significance from an adult perspective. It makes me wish I could be a kid again.
My favorite class at USC has been: the Problems Without Passports class "Integrated Ecosystem Management in Micronesia" where we went to Guam and Palau and did scuba diving in some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Not only did we travel to an amazing place but also we learned the practical fieldwork involved in protecting precious marine ecosystems. The course offered an in-depth perspective of what a career in environmental management could really be like.
Major/minors: Biological Sciences major; minors in French and News, Media, & Society
Year in school: Senior
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the many, many opportunities for research and studying abroad. It's kind of cool to hear our professors talk about their own research projects and work in their labs; it puts into perspective all of the technique and background that we learn in class. As for studying abroad, Dornsife has established relationships with a remarkable number of universities overseas, giving all Dornsife students a truly unique opportunity to explore their academic interests in another culture.
My dream job is: Doctors Without Borders is a distant dream! I would like to eventually be a pediatrician, and am particularly interested in preventative medicine in developing countries.
My best ever vacation was: spending last St. Patrick's day hiking Mt. Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales!
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: I'm not too sure, but perhaps a sheep. They're surprisingly tough and elusive little creatures!
My favorite class at USC has been: Writing 340! As much as we all complained our way through this requirement, I actually enjoyed that it was more structured than Writing 140 and appreciated the chance to research and write about topics I genuinely cared about. As a natural sciences major, it was also a good reminder that writing is an important skill to maintain and continually work on!
My favorite place to eat in LA is: The Vegan Joint on National Blvd! Their pumpkin curry is a seasonal favorite!
My favorite viral video is: "Baby Laughs Hysterically at Ripping Paper."
Major/minor: Biological Sciences major; Popular Music Studies minor
Year in school: Sophomore
Hometown: Cerritos, CA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the diversity! The range of interests and personalities add depth to the Trojan Family. I love being a part of a community in which everyone is so motivated and passionate.
My dream job is: to work for the CIA. There wouldn't be an "ordinary" day on the job!
My favorite USC memory is: seeing my parents sing along to the Fight Song for the first time. Even though they were off-pitch, I was very proud to see them so enthusiastic.
My favorite spot on campus is: the philosophy library. It's my secret getaway. It's a peaceful, secluded space enveloped in magnificent architecture and hidden behind a quaint garden.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a giraffe, because I always wanted to be tall.
My favorite place to eat in LA is: Magee's Restaurant at the Farmer's Market on 3rd Street. I'm in love with their corned beef!
My favorite class at USC has been: my freshman seminar "AIDS in the USA". It not only opened my eyes to AIDS but also formed a sense of community amongst my classmates, the professor, and our guest speakers.
Major/minor: International Relations major; Environmental Studies minor
Year in school: Junior
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the flexibility of interests and academic disciplines. I've taken such an interdisciplinary array of courses in many different departments that all still fulfill my major and minor requirements (and had time to sample courses when I wasn't sure what my major would be). I also love the close-knit community and attention that comes from small class sizes. You not only engage so much more with your coursework but also develop close relations with professors and other students in your field.
My dream job is: This is a tough one! I would love to somehow address environmental health issues around the world. Environmental issues transcend geographic or political boundaries, so bridging that gap is an engaging and increasingly necessary field of work.
My favorite USC memory is: the two summers in a row spent traveling with professors and a small group of students to various corners of the world studying international environmental issues. One summer I was in the Arctic Circle of northern Finland with reindeer; the next I was 60 feet underwater SCUBA diving with sharks in Palau. Passionate professors and the availability of funding makes these types of incredible academic adventures all the more possible.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: an owl. I've always felt it embodied my spirit, and not to mention I'd get to stay awake all night. And rotate my head 270 degrees.
My favorite spot on campus is: the grassy knoll near McCarthy quad. It is the highest ground level on our campus, which I find funny. It's also the perfect spot to lay with a good book on a sunny day, to picnic, to people watch, or even to sneak in a nap if you're desperate.
My best ever vacation was: a road trip I took with my friends this past spring break. We piled into a big rental van and drove to the Grand Canyon and southern Utah for a few days and nights of backpacking. It was nice to see an absolutely clear sky at night.
My favorite class at USC has been: my Thematic Option course, CORE 112 (the GE equivalent to WRIT 340). The entire course dealt with experimental time narratives, meaning every work we read or watched incorporated aspects of non-linear time. Whether flashbacks, time travel, futurism, backward storytelling, or even a jumbled storyline (like in Slaughterhouse-Five). The class was an intensive, round-table style course delving into all aspects of human interpretation of time through great books and films; it was also a creative outlet to experiment with alternative storylines in my own writing.
Majors: Philosophy and Spanish double major
Year in school: Sophomore
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the enormous range of people and opportunities! So many majors! So many minors! So many different programs to get involved in! It's crazy! It's awesome! It's... Dornsife!
My dream job is: a professional bedazzler. I don't think that's a real job though, so maybe a lawyer, but I'd only have to represent crafting companies, and they'll pay me in sequins and hot glue.
My favorite spot on campus is: the baseball field at around 2 AM — it's totally silent, there's an enormous amount of open, green space, and there's even enough lighting to study if you get tired of the libraries.
One of my favorite books is: 100 Years of Solitude. I was genuinely depressed for about a week after reading it because I didn't think I'd ever be able to find another book as spectacularly written as it was.
My favorite USC memory is: It's almost impossible to nail down one memory in particular, but I had a passionate love affair with brunch at EVK (a freshman dining hall) every Saturday my first year here. After a really long week, there was no better place to catch up with friends and overload my body with too many delicious, delicious carbs.
One of my favorite movies is: Spirited Away. It's so artful and beautifully whimsical. It also never fails to make me appreciate the fact that my parents never got transformed into giant pigs.
My favorite place to eat in LA is: La Barca. You can get a delicious, authentic-tasting burrito the size of a baby for about $8!
Major: Cognitive Science
Year in school: Sophomore
Hometown: Union City, CA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the general education requirements, because they allow me to explore other interests. As a pre-med student, I never expect to enjoy (let alone even take) an art history class!
My dream job is: to work in pediatrics. I would love to do something along the lines of "Doctors Without Borders".
My favorite spot on campus is: the balconies on the third and fourth floors of the School of Cinematic Arts complex. The views are great, and hardly anyone knows they exist! It's the perfect atmosphere to study or read.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a horse, because they are perfect in every way.
One of my favorite books is: Jane Eyre. I also love Pride and Prejudice. Let's just say I'm a hopeless romantic.
My favorite viral video is: Sweet Brown's interview, famously known for the phrase, "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
One of my favorite movies is: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The original is so much better.
Majors: International Relations and Art History double major
Year in school: Junior
Hometown: Portland, OR
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: all the opportunities available for students outside of the classroom. I've enjoyed participating in research with the Art History department in Rome and working with the surrounding community in Los Angeles through the Joint Educational Project.
My dream job is: to be a curator at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
My best ever vacation was: this past spring break when my friends and I drove up to Vancouver, Canada. It was so much fun seeing the Pacific Northwest and driving the whole way!
My favorite spot on campus is: Literatea Cafe, because the courtyard is a great place to study on a sunny day or just to grab some coffee and hang out.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a flamingo, because they seem like kind of a goofy bird that's always having a good time. Plus I've always wondered what it's like to try to balance on such thin legs.
My favorite place to eat in LA is: Bottega Louie. Definitely order the Portobello fries for an appetizer and the chocolate souffle for dessert!
My favorite class at USC has been: my Category V General Education class, "Literature and Empire". The class only had twenty students, so there was lots of discussion. We talked about how various pieces of literature (from folk tales to movies) influenced and traveled through empires. It was a great way to learn about history while reading and watching amazing pieces of art.
Majors: International Relations and Spanish double major
Year in school: Junior
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the flexibility for students to take classes in different areas of study. Students are encouraged to double major or triple minor in different fields. Additionally, the school offers various programs for students to study abroad and grow as individuals. The opportunities are endless with Dornsife.
My dream job is: working with a non-profit, educating children and their communities around the world about important health and societal issues. I believe the first step to change is through education.
My best ever vacation was: to Maui, Hawaii. My family and I snorkeled with turtles, went on a zip-line expedition, and even learned how to surf! I love Hawaii's culture and rich history, as well.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a baby panda. They eat, sleep and play all day. I feel that they are very in tune with my calm, yet fun personality.
My favorite class at USC has been: Sociology 155: Immigrant America. I gained a better understanding of immigrants and how or why they assimilate into a society. My grandmother is an immigrant, and it was interesting to see common patterns between her story and the stories of other immigrants.
My favorite place to eat in LA is: Little Tokyo. So much good food! I especially like the udon.
My favorite spot on campus is: Founders Park. It’s peaceful and shady; a perfect stop to take a lunch break in between classes. The squirrels offer great entertainment.
One of my favorite books is: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult.