First of all, in case you were wondering, yes the title of this blog post is a reference to the TV show “How I Met Your Mother”, and yes, I’m going to be pretty bummed out when the show ends this season.
My apologies for the sidenote; let’s get to the good stuff. Hi! My name is Vivian Rotenstein, and I’m a sophomore from Oak Park, CA, which is about an hour north of USC. Having grown up in California, I try not to take the pretty much perfect weather for granted :). Having said that, I do actually love mildly cold weather and the rain (so anti-Californian, I know), so on the rare occasion that it’s cold or rainy, I’m thrilled :).
I’m a Psychology major double minoring in Psychology and Law, and Musical Studies (concentrating in Piano). Though this plan may change, I hope to go to graduate school to get a dual law JD and psychology PhD degree. Ultimately, I would like to work in mental health law, specifically on policies surrounding treatment of people with mental illnesses. And piano has always been one of my passions, so I’m glad I can continue to cultivate that skill through my minor.
What I love about USC is its strong emphasis on helping students gain exposure to the particular field or career they’re interested in. Starting my second semester of freshman year, I was able to obtain two really rewarding research positions working with Professor Margolin in the Family Studies Project and Professor Immordino-Yang at the Brain and Creativity Institute. I won’t bore you here with the details of my research projects, but I’m just really grateful for these two opportunities, and I think it’s a testament to how valued undergraduate research is at USC!
Though I have spent many late nights in Leavey studying, I am involved in many things outside of academics/research! I’m a Wellness Advocate at the Office for Health and Wellness in the Engemann Student Health Center, and I work as a Campus Engagement Intern at USC’s Hillel, reaching out to uninvolved Jewish students on campus. I’m a University Fellow for a human rights organization called the Jewish World Watch, and I also volunteer with USC’s Joint Educational Project (JEP), serving as a Teacher’s Assistant for a class of third graders (I could talk endlessly about how ridiculously adorable these third graders are).
To close, here are some random facts about me. Until I arrived at USC I disliked squirrels but have since learned to accept and embrace them (not literally). I’m a caffeine addict (Skinny Vanilla Lattes are seriously my lifeline). I love running and Zumba dancin. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem is the only rap song I like. I’m a hardcore classical music nerd. My celebrity crush is Jake Gyllenhaal. My favorite food is seafood. And I love doing Sudoku puzzles!
That’s all for now, but until next blog!
PS: If you have any comments or questions, or just want to see what fun adventures I’m up to, check out my Twitter @v_rotensteinSC!