I’m Kenneth Tham, a sophomore from Irvine, California. I’m majoring in Chemical Biology, and no, I don’t mean Biochemistry – that’s so 2010! I actually switched from Biochem to what I affectionately call Chem-bio near the end of last year. It’s a question I get asked a lot–Chemical Biology was just opened up last year, and it has more of a focus on chemistry, which is my very most favorite subject ever.
I’ve just started a minor in East Asian Languages & Cultures. I’m both Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Education right now. I really like both of them, but right now I can’t bring myself to choose!
I’ll share just a little bit about what I do here. As you can probably tell, I’m a USC Dornsife Ambassador, which is why I’m making these blogs for both your information and your entertainment. I’m in Thematic Option, an “alternative” General Education system here at USC, which is really nice because it focuses more on humanities and classics and all those things that would normally get swept under the rug, you know, with me being a Chemistry major and all. I’ve done Building Government in various university housing locations, and I’m a member of both the Wushu and the Traditional Chinese Dance teams – I never had any experience in either of them before I came here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen on my butt! It’s just ridiculously fun to do, though, and I’m so glad I went outside my comfort zone and tried out. I’m part of the Trojan Chemistry Club and a relatively new club called Interaxon, a group that goes out into the community and teaches kids about neuroscience, as well as an independent chemistry tutor. I’d love to be an official SI leader for chemistry, but that’ll have to wait ’til next year!
As some final food for thought, my friends call me a koala because my hair is so puffy. You can compare it yourself!
Until next time!