I’m James, and I am very excited to be serving as a Dornsife Ambassador! I was born and raised in Aurora, CO. If you find yourself wondering if I can ski, the answer is of course! At USC, I am a sophomore majoring in International Relations (Global Business) and French. International Relations (Global Business), or IRGB as it is more commonly referred to, is a unique program where students take classes in both USC Dornsife and the Marshall School of Business. I am intrigued by how the international players in our current system interact with one another and how that affects the business landscape. French is something I have been passionate about for a long time because I’ve always wanted to be able to speak another language. During my time at USC, I definitely want to take advantage of the impressive list of opportunities Dornsife offers to go abroad. In fact, the ability to double major in two completely different fields, study abroad, and graduate in four years is one of the unique aspects that attracted me to USC Dornsife.
One of my favorite characteristics of USC is the plethora of activies that are available to students. Already I’ve been involved in what seems like a laundry list of them. This semester I am a member of the executive board of Scholars Leading Scholars, which is a new organization with the goal of providing increased access to higher education in the North University Park community, the area mostly north of the USC campus. We accomplish this through mentorship, workshops, and community activities. I am really passionate about ensuring that every person has access to the education that they need to be the best person that they can be, and this is one organization at USC that allows me to accomplish that goal.
Last semester, I tutored first graders in math at a local elementary school as part of USC’s Joint Education Project, which was another wonderful experience in the local community. Additionally, I am active in Undergraduate Student Government, where I currently serve on the academic and professional funding board, which gives students money to attend academic events at other universities and to organize professional events for the undergraduate community. The Unruh Institute of Politics is another on-campus organization with which I’ve been privileged to work. Last, semester I found an internship with California Strategies, LLC through them. In addition, they sponsor different events throughout the semester where students can learn about and discuss what is happening in the political sphere. I don’t want to ramble on so those are all of the clubs I am going to list for now. Make sure to follow me on Twitter to hear more about what USC Dornsife has to offer!
In my free time, I enjoy exploring Los Angeles with my friends. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica are two of my favorite places to go. Also, downtown is only a few stops away on the Metro. Going out to dinner and movie at L.A. Live, seeing the Lakers play at the Staples Center, or catching a concert at Nokia Theater are fun things to do on the weekends. Of course, watching the Trojans play football in the Coliseum is one of the quintessential USC experiences and is where you can find me every Saturday we host a home game.