Hey! My name is Brandon Cheung, and I’m a sophomore studying Political Science here at USC. I’m from La Cañada Flintridge, a quaint little suburban town about 20 minutes north of USC. So although I’m technically a Los Angeleno, living in the center of this bustling city is as foreign to me as it is for any non-native student.
Well, that’s kind of a lie — my mom went here in the 80’s, and my dad works here right now. So I guess you could say I’ve been a lifelong Trojan. But the point is, actually being here on campus has been an overwhelmingly new experience for me, and there are so many things I’ve learned about this vibrant university and its surrounding community that I never knew before.
Aside from my involvement in the Dornsife Ambassador program, I am actively committed to two other prominent campus organizations: the Trojan Knights and Troy Camp. The Trojan Knights are the premiere spirit and service brotherhood here at SC, founded in 1921. You could almost say they’re like the university fraternity. Founded in 1948, Troy Camp is the oldest philanthropic organization on campus. It’s main purpose is to promote education through providing high impact youth development programs and long-term mentorship to the underserved youth in the communities surrounding USC.
What else am I into? As a Political Science major, you could obviously say I find politics incredibly captivating. Last year, through internship programs here in Dornsife, I interned for a presidential campaign in the fall, and a LA mayoral campaign in the spring. Both experiences were a true testament to the comprehensive educational experience both Dornsife College and the university as a whole (successfully) strive to provide us.
Overall, the last year-and-a-half-ish has been the most amazing of my life. Hands down. And I absolutely cannot wait for what the rest of my time here has in store.