My name is Yasmeen Serhan, and I’m one of the newest additions to USC’s Dornsife Ambassador family. I’m currently a junior studying international relations with a minor in French at the happiest place on Earth.
No, Disneyland doesn’t give out diplomas.
Sure USC doesn’t have rides and by no means is it anything close to the magic kingdom (though the clock in Hahn Plaza sure makes it seem like it is), it’s still one of my favorite places on Earth. As my home away from home for the past two years, USC has served as a place of unparalleled learning, discovery and opportunity. I joined the Trojan Family as an international relations major because of my inherent interest in all things related to the Middle East — North Africa region, specifically regarding Israel-Palestine. It is my hope that my concentrations in the Middle East and foreign policy, as well as my studies in French and Arabic, will give me the tools necessary to immerse myself in the political and policy world of the region. After my studies, I’m hoping to pursue a career in either journalism or foreign policy — or both! We’ll see where it goes.
At USC, the learning experience isn’t confined to the classroom. In fact, when I’m not in class, I can usually be found running throughout the urban oasis that is USC’s beautiful campus. I’m currently the Special Projects Editor of USC’s student-run paper, the Daily Trojan, and have previously served as the News Editor, Online Editor and Editorial Director. I’ve also spent the last two semesters co-writing the column Point/Counterpoint (it runs Tuesdays — give it a read)! I recently co-founded J Street U USC, a political organization advocating for peace, security and social justice in Israel-Palestine. I’m also a proud member of the Political Student Assembly, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and Society 53, the student ambassadors to the USC Alumni Association for which I am currently serving as Director of Networking Night.
Though I’ve been lucky to have had so many experiences at USC, there’s still so much I want to do! For instance, I’m hoping to study abroad this upcoming spring semester in France through the USC Paris program. I’m also hoping to pursue an honors thesis my senior year, likely focusing on the ways certain diasporic communities maintain a strong sense of national identity. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I really want to achieve my undergraduate dream of trying every Ground Zero milkshake at least once.
If you have any questions about all things USC and Dornsife, don’t hesitate to connect with me on Twitter! Summarizing how much I love USC in 140 characters won’t be easy, but I’m up for the challenge.