My name is Leah, and I’m a sophomore psychology major. I’m hoping to add on a double major in Narrative Studies, and I’ll keep you guys posted on how that goes. I’m a proud member of the Trojan Marching Band (also known as the greatest band in the history of the universe… ever). I am also involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Helenes, Repertory Dance Company, Dance Included, and of course Dornsife Ambassadors. After graduation I hope to get a Ph.D. in psychology so that I can practice psychotherapy, and I also want to get licensed to be a teacher.
But that can’t be all the good stuff, can it? There have got to be some other things worth knowing about me. But what? Well, let’s start with the fact that I’m awful at making decisions. I doubt that the following is the first question that comes to your mind when I tell you that fact, but it’s one worth asking: “So, Leah, if making decisions like what to write in a simple intro about yourself is so hard, how awful was it deciding where to go to college?”
Well, dear reader, I’m glad you asked. Here’s my answer to your hypothetical question.
I’m a Trojan by blood; my dad was a music major here back in the day. I was born in California, in a tiny town a few hours away called Lancaster. But we moved to Texas when I was just a toddler, so I sadly was not raised as a Trojan baby. Even more blasphemous, my father never mentioned that he went to USC until I started applying to colleges! Can you believe it? My future children will know that they’re Trojans from day one.
I’ll never forget my first time on campus. We came in through Gate 3, and my first sight was the beautiful Leavey Fountain. I don’t know if I realized it then, but I think that’s when I fell in love. I tried my very best not to have a first choice, or to have any bias at all, when applying to colleges. But I always knew that USC was somewhere in the back of my mind, continually reminding me that coming here would be like coming back to my first home. When I finally visited for Explore USC, I could no longer deny it. There was absolutely no choice that made more sense than coming here.
I tell you this story because I think everyone has their own reason for why USC is incredible, but this is mine. Choosing to come to college here was the easiest decision I’ve ever made, even though I was expecting it to be the hardest. What they say about the Trojan Family is true; coming here felt like I was joining a family, not leaving one.
So, now you know. Who am I? I’m a psych major, a music lover, and a bunch of other things. But most importantly, I’m a Trojan.