My name is Pamela Yan, and I am currently a sophomore at USC. I am double majoring in English and Biological Sciences, both in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. I am taking two English classes this semester as well as a Chemistry and a Math class required for applying to medical school. This year I live in Cardinal Gardens, a USC housing option just off campus that has recently been renovated, and I am loving the apartment life. Cardinal Gardens has an outdoor fireplace with lounge chairs now!
I was born in Chicago and lived equal parts of my early childhood in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area before attending an international high school in Beijing, China. I travel around a lot with my family, but I love being able to come back to California for college! I have a younger sister named Kimberly who is a junior in high school and has just finished taking her SAT. My family just recently got a puppy (I think my parents are feeling the almost-empty nest). After my sister goes to college, my parents are also planning to move to South Africa, so there are a lot of changes going on back home.
On campus, I am involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity. I really enjoy the events we have with homeless shelters on Skid Row, with tutoring kids in the surrounding neighborhoods, and with the Furbaby animal shelter down the street from school. I am a participant in the International Language Exchange, where I regularly spend time in conversation with a USC student who is a native Chinese speaker. In this way, I can practice my Chinese while she practices her English fluency. I work as a laboratory assistant in the Norris Research Tower on the USC Health Sciences Campus on afternoons when I don’t have class. The shuttle to get there is free and runs every half hour so it’s fairly easy for me to commute.
In my spare time, when not doing any of the above activities or studying, I love catching up with friends, working out at the Lyon Center, going for early morning runs, and reading any book I can get my hands on. I love taking the metro around to explore different parts of LA too.
I am really excited for this semester!