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Hello world!Leona Intro Photo

I’m so excited to be a Dornsife Ambassador! This blog will keep you updated on my adventures on campus and in LA!

A little about me:

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, less than half an hour from USC! It’s nice being so close to home. While I stay on campus during the weekends, my parents will try to meet me for lunch or just to walk around campus once every few weeks. (And they usually bring food! I never realized how much I could miss my mom’s cooking).

I came into USC undeclared and dabbled in creative writing and sociology before choosing my current major of Cognitive Science. I’m taking computer science, developmental psychology, linguistics, and math this semester, plus my language requirement. I’m hoping to use Cognitive Science to get a well-rounded understanding of people and the world around me, and apply that towards connecting companies to their desired consumers. It’s a really exciting major because there are so many different departments to choose from. At first, I had trouble choosing a major because of my widespread interests, so this is the perfect major for me! I can take a combination of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and psychology classes.

On campus, I’m involved in two volunteer organizations. The first is Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), where we mentor a group of 8th grade girls about healthy relationships, build self-confidence, and just hang-out and get to know them. I also do Joint Education Project (JEP), tutoring a second-grade girl to help her get to the proper reading-level. I also tutor through the USC Language Center, helping a USC teaching assistant from a foreign country practice presentation styles and learn English idioms and pronunciation.

In my free time, you can find me binge-watching romantic comedies on Netflix, reading an adventure novel (currently making my way through Dan Brown’s Inferno), or checking out one of L.A’s awesome new restaurants or food trucks!

Until next time,

–Leona

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