Hey-o! My name is James Toh. I’m a first year at USC — it feels good to say that — and my major is Health and Humanity. This major is “intended for students interested in fields that inform the health professions and in related questions about health and human experience” (Dornsife USC website). <— Look at that! It’s only been about a month and a half, and I can already integrate quotes into my sentences. Anyway, I’m on the pre-med track and am participating in Freshman Honors Science, but I’m still taking cool classes right now like PHIL 262, which is about the mind and the self.
The reason why I titled this post “Out of the Bubble” is because I literally did come from a bubble. Okay, not literally, but I am from Irvine, California, one of the safest cities in the nation. I had a much better environment than most did to grow up in, which did not let me experience life as everyone else sees it. Now at USC, my eyes have been opened; my bubble has been popped; my mind has been blown; my life got flipped-turned upside down, and I’d like to take a minute and let you see: I’ll tell you what I do as a freshman in SC. Bow bowbow bow bow bowbow bow bow bow. Anyway, “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” parodies aside, I am still looking for new things to experience. I am currently in the USC American Sign Language Club, the club Ultimate Frisbee Team, and Dornsife Ambassadors. I go to one of the school’s great cafes at least 5 times a day, work out at Lyon Center daily, and try to bike around LA and the campus often. There’s still so much I haven’t done, and I’m anxious to see what other things USC will surprise me with.