Hey everyone! My name is Nicholas Mockabee, but everyone calls me Nick. I’m a freshman for the 2013-2014 school year here at USC. I was born and raised in New Jersey, so I’m new to all these things out here in California, but we’ll get to that later. Anyway, I went to public school for most of my life, but I transferred to a small, private high school (Montclair Kimberley Academy) for my junior and senior years. I played three sports in high school: football, baseball, and basketball. Though I was recruited to play baseball at some east coast schools, I ultimately picked USC because of the tremendous weather, primetime location, rigorous academics, and appealing social life.
I’ve become very active on campus since school started. I participate in JEP (Joint Educational Project) and TIRP (Teaching International Relations Program) 3 times per week. I’m an intramural sports referee, and I work for Soapy Joe’s. I also play intramural flag football and pickup basketball at the Lyon Center pretty often. I think it’s obvious that I love sports. I’ve been to every home football game so far this year and I love it, even though we haven’t been doing so well. I’m still optimistic though, and my biggest hope is that we win a national championship in my four years here at USC. I’m excited for our upcoming basketball season as well. I love that we hired Andy Enfield from FGCU. We’re definitely going to make a solid run in the tournament this year (You heard it here first!). I’m still considering walking on to the baseball team in the spring, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
Right now, I’m just enjoying campus life and meeting new people. I’m a people person and a networker. I’m constantly meeting new people and attaining new connections. I really do believe that the Trojan Network is as strong as advertised, and that’s my favorite part of the school. My favorite part of Los Angeles, hands down, is the weather. I can honestly say that I’m not going to miss the snow that has already made landfall back home in New Jersey. My least favorite part of the city is the traffic. I’ve never encountered traffic this bad anywhere else in the world. I’ve been to most of the major cities in the U.S., as well as cities in Mexico, Central America, and Europe. Los Angeles traffic beats them all. However, I still love this place. California is the “Golden Coast”, and I’m so happy to be here. I love the beaches, the palm trees, the parties, the people, the celebrities, and all the glamour revolving around southern California. USC is a wonderful place and I’m very fortunate to have been accepted 6 months ago. I know I made the right decision coming here. Fight on, Trojans!