Hey guys! My name is Olivia Drake, and I am a transfer sophomore Human Biology major from Azsua, CA. I would not consider myself new to the University of Southern California, for my mother and other relatives attended USC. Being a baby Trojan, I always knew that I would attend USC. I didn’t know exactly when, but it was definitely going to happen. Well, guess what… I am here now, and all I can say is “Fight On!”
I am so excited and honored to share with you some of my stories about the life of a USC Trojan! I hope that these memories will assist you in making your decision to attend USC and join the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences family!
My first month at USC has been incredible! Besides meeting a lot of new people, joining different organizations, attending football games, and other campus activities, I have fallen more in love with my major. Being a Human Biology major is the cherry on top of a usual day for me at USC! When deciding that I wanted to transfer here, it was important to me that my major allowed me to explore a variety of careers in medicine, physical therapy, nursing, nutrition, and human evolution. The classes offered are engaging, fun, interesting, and challenging. The excitement and interest that the professors have make the lectures worth while! My Human Biology 205 (The Science of Human Performance) professor is probably the most interesting, Italian older gentleman from the Bronx, New York that you will ever meet. He urges his student to apply what is taught in the lecture hall regarding metabolism, nutrition, weight control, energy, and the cardiovascular system to his or her own life.
Outside the lecture hall, I love to spend time volunteering. I am involved in several student organizations on campus. One of my favorites is JEP, the Joint Educational Program. JEP is one of the largest and oldest service-learning programs in the United States. At USC, students enroll in one of several JEP courses that combine academic coursework with hands-on experience in neighborhoods surrounding the university. Every Monday, two other ladies and I go to a neighborhood school and teach them about health and nutrition. I am fortunate enough to work with kindergartners who are not only polite but also energetic and eager to learn. Putting a smile on their face makes me more than happy!
This is just the beginning of my USC journey as a Dornsife Ambassador, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for me! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach me. I would be thrilled to see you become a member of our Dornsife family!