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Kyra IntroHey everyone! My name is Kyra Schoonover, and I’m a sophomore here at USC. I’m also a new transfer student, so I hope my experiences here can be helpful to those of you who are considering transferring to USC. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, which is pretty far away, so it has been a big adjustment moving to Los Angeles. Overall, I absolutely love USC, and I made the best decision of my life by coming here.

Here’s a little more information about me: I’m majoring in political science and plan to attend law school. I hope to gain experience in different areas of law throughout my career, but ultimately, I would like to work to remove systemic bias from the legal system. This semester, I’m taking mostly political science courses, and I’m beginning to explore possible areas to double major.

At USC, I have found many ways to explore my academic interests. Currently, I am an Associate Editor for the USC Journal of Law and Society, and I have an exciting internship for class credit. I’ve also gotten to tutor local high school students in statistics through the USC MED-Cor program. The academic opportunities here are unmatched, and often, the hardest part can be deciding exactly what to choose because there is so much offered.

In addition to academic interests, I am also a huge sports fan. I played lacrosse throughout high school, and one year at the Division 1 level at my previous college. The sports atmosphere at USC is amazing, and I absolutely love the school spirit and Trojan pride! Football games and tailgating are definitely some of my best memories so far. I can’t wait to attend basketball games in the upcoming season.

Every day at USC is different and exciting, and I love having the opportunity to network and meet students from all over the world. The Trojan family is incredibly diverse, and there are a ton of clubs and organizations for every interest. So far, one of my favorite ways to network has been joining the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Black Student Assembly, which has also allowed me to make new friends. And yes, of course, USC has the perfect location being in Los Angeles. Coming from frigid, snowy Cleveland, I am always appreciative of the beautiful weather. There is an endless abundance of activities in the city and on campus. So far, I love the beaches, the parties, the gorgeous scenery, and the amazing people that I have met. I can’t wait to share more of my experiences with you all! Fight on!

Hello Everyone! My name is Charlynn Yeung, and I am beyond excited to be starting my first year at USC.  Just a short canoe ride across half the Pacific Ocean, my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii is slightly warmer than Los Angeles, but I think I amCharlynn Intro starting to acclimate to the blistering days and chilly nights. As a Philosophy, Politics, and Law major and hopeful Environmental Science and Heath major in Dornsife, I have already begun taking introductory courses toward both my intended majors. Balancing a humanities and physical science curriculum is challenging, but the interdisciplinary nature of both majors helps keep all things in balance.

My interests cover a wide range of activities such as dance in ballet and contemporary styles, speech and debate, student government or leadership, and community outreach. At USC, I am currently involved in the Birnkrant Residence Building Government as the Public Relations Chair, Undergraduate Student Government Professional and Academic Funding Board as a Board Member, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Thematic Option Honors Program, and (saving the best for last) Dornsife Ambassadors.

I’ve done my best to get involved and keep myself busy between my studies, but there is still so much I want to do! In the future, I hope to study abroad and conduct social and scientific research related to my majors. I can’t wait!

Alohas and Mahalos!

Toddler to Trojan

Olivia IntroHey 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!


From SD to ‘SC

Hello everyone! Me llamo David Moreno, or Daveeed to some, and I am a junior double-majoring in Political Science and International Relations. I am a SoCal native, from the decently sized, though small compared to our lovely city of LA, city of David IntroEscondido. Most people, asides from my fellow San Diegans, don’t know of the city, so I normally say I’m from San Diego or Northern San Diego.

Some of my favorite things to do are read, draw, play video games, watch movies, watch my favorite cartoons (You might be thinking ‘Hey, isn’t he a little too old?,’ but I say ‘Hey, cartoons rock!’), go on nightly adventures, and go to deserts like Ocotillo Wells, CA, or Rosarito, Mexico, and ride ATVs, though I haven’t gone in a long time.

Now on to the good stuff: USC Dornsife. Being here on campus the last two years has been such a great and rewarding experience, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else! In high school, I was fortunate enough to be in a college preparatory program called TRiO Upward Bound. During my junior year, we came to a student leadership conference that was hosted right here on campus. I’d never known much about USC asides from the fact that my uncles rooted for the football team; heck, my uncle’s roofing company colors are even Trojan themed. It’s really cool because once I announced I was attending ‘SC he gave me so much free spirit swag, it was great. Anyways, where was I?

Ah yes: USC Dornsife. After a day of various workshops and hearing speakers recount helpful educational and professional advice, we were treated to a musical performance by Roshon Fegan, a Disney Channel star. What a great day, right? Right. Due to having had such an awesome experience that day, and with a program very near and dear to my heart, I decided to further look into USC, and I eventually decided to apply and make it my dream school. Being in Dornsife has, again, been a great experience, and I’ve come to learn a lot and interact with amazing people. Some of my activities on campus include being a part of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the Political Student Assembly, working at the Unruh Institute of Politics, working for the USC Upward Bound Program as a yearly tutor and summer RA, occasionally participating in the Teaching Ethics/International Relations program, and now being a Dornsife Ambassador (yay!).

So, if I seem even the least bit interesting to you, I’d love to talk and get to know you, and on any given day you’ll find me running around campus, usually back and forth between the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and the Von KleinSmid Center. Fight On! (And when the USG elections come around in the spring, Vote On!)

Moriah IntroHello all, my name is Moriah Mulroe and just like Route 66, I started in Chicago and ended up in Los Angeles. I am a third year double major in Biochemistry and Geology because too much science is not enough science. While I miss Garrett’s popcorn (if you ever go to Chicago an absolute must) and da Bears, I couldn’t ask for a better new home than USC.

One of my favorite things about USC is the Trojan family. Don’t forget to wear your cardinal and gold to the airport because, without fail, you will find another USC student or grad. Then, you can bond over long nights spent in Leavy or McCarthy Quad gameday pandemonium. The Trojan family makes TSA lines so much more bearable.

I was initially drawn to USC because of the community and top notch academics, but every semester I find more reasons to love it here. At USC, you will find some of the smartest and most passionate professors around. I am always grateful for the extra mile so many of our professors take to make sure students have a valuable learning experience. When I was in FSH (Freshman Science Honors), Dr. Caron took our whole class to the tide pools! I also got to participate in a Problems Without Passports class that studied tropical medicine at Oxford University. But in addition to unparalleled classroom experiences, USC is a great place to get involved. On campus, I am on the triathlon team, run prison ministry at the Catholic Center, volunteer with Visions and Voices, and work in a physical chemistry laboratory. Also, as a big movie buff, I like to attend screenings put on by the School of Cinematic Arts. I have gotten to see huge blockbusters as well as really cool indies, and the best part is, they usually bring in the writers/directors/actors to speak afterwards!

The past two years have been so much fun, and I can’t wait to find out what junior year has in store for me. Fight On!

Just an Intro

Hi, everybody! My name is Nitika Johri, and I am a sophomore (graduating class of 2017) Cognitive Science major, pursuing a minor in Consumer Behavior. I grew up in the Bay Area in Los Altos Hills and attended

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Gunn High School in Palo Alto. In my free time, I love playing volleyball, hiking, skiing, trying new water sports and outdoor activities, listening to great music and going to concerts, and traveling all around the world. I also love reading thought-provoking books and trying various cuisines of food. I am a crazy dog lover, dessert fanatic, and beach bum.

At USC I have followed my passions and gotten involved in many organizations on campus. I play on USC’s Women’s Club Volleyball team and am a member of SC Outfitters (one of USC’s outdoor adventure groups), USC GlobeMed (for students interested in Global Health), Camp Kesem, and a sorority on campus. I also am an Undergraduate Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Teaching, where we plan student-led academic events for students’ benefit. I love staying busy and participating in activities happening all over USC’s bustling campus.

I must say, the transition to college—the independence, the sense of finding your place on campus and in the world, and all the new opportunities—was overwhelming and difficult for me. USC, however, has provided an amazing and unique environment for me to meet people, grow, and experience many things I imagined. I originally decided to attend USC because of the school’s top-notch academics, the immense bank of resources and networking, the active and social personality of the school, and the opportunity for me to explore LA and Southern California. USC has given me all these and more than I could have imagined. There is an overwhelming sense of liveliness on campus, and I am excited to attend class, meetings, and social events and support organizations I am involved in. USC has helped me learn about myself, grow, and meet fantastic people. Also, the 365 days of sunshine is a huge plus ☺

I would love to talk to you if you have any questions or just want to pick my brains on USC, things to do around the area, academics, or really anything at all! Fight On!


Mary Cate Intro

Hello! My name is Mary Cate Hickman, and I am a brand-new freshman here at the University of Southern California. I originate from the great city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I am majoring in Biochemistry in Dornsife. When I’m not drawing up Lewis structures for Chemistry class, I love to play basketball with some fifth graders at Troy Camp, play my violin with fellow pre-med students, or listen to cool speakers with my fellow Birnkrant floormates.

USC is the perfect place for me because it lets me do everything I love with people who make me feel like I’m part of a community. The first community I belong to here is the Freshman Science Honors program. I happen to be a little unconventional in that I enjoy science enough to take it with 60 other freshman who love it too in advanced classes! In September, we took a trip to the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island! We got to snorkel, hike, and learn about all the amazing biodiversity in Catalina.

Secondly, I am a Troy Camp counselor. Troy Camp is the oldest student-led organization on campus, and I absolutely love being a part of it. We mentor/tutor/inspire kids here in South Central Los Angeles. I am involved in SMASH once a week, which means that I tutor students in math at a local school! I also participate in SP sports, which means that I get to play sports with elementary school kids and have a blast.

On varied Sundays, along with Dr. Gellar (head of pre-med advising at USC) and other students, I play violin in a strings ensemble. It is one of my favorite parts of my week because I get to relax and play music!!

The speakers that USC brings to campus are outstanding. Something that my dad really wanted me to prioritize at college is taking advantage of the opportunities to hear the amazing people that USC brings to speak to students. Even if the speaker is talking about something that I have no knowledge of, I will go. Two weeks ago I went to hear a well-known British barrister (kind of like a lawyer) talk about international terrorism. Was I the only non-lawyer there? Yes. Did I love it? Yes. Broadening my horizons is so easy here. Next week, Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer of Netflix is coming, and I cannot wait.

Overall, I have a million interests. USC let’s me explore it all! I love being involved, and making friends in all that I do! Fight on!


Rose Intro

My name is Rose, and I’m a sophomore here at the beautifulllll USC! I was a spring admit freshman, so this is my first fall semester! I moved to Los Angeles from La Jolla, CA during my freshman fall and decided to commute to Santa Monica

College while living near USC (because let’s be real, I just couldn’t wait) which was awesome! I got to study in Leavey library, go to games, and get to know people before I took my first classes on campus! Safe to say when I finally made it to spring I was a happy camper, and that feeling has yet to change :) But I digress…

So anyway, I started college as a Psychology major with an emphasis in pre-med, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that I had more interest in Human Biology B.S., and with a little help from my advisor, it was an easy switch. So I’m now human bio with a pre-physical therapy emphasis and will be declaring a minor in psych this spring!

I have only been a student for a semester and a half but I’ve already had such great experiences. I had an on-campus research assistant job last spring, and in the beginning of the summer I assisted a psych grad student with their research on military families (So interesting!). I now work for USC’s bookstore part-time and plan to do more research in the spring.

Along with being a Dornsife Ambassador, I’m also in the club Volunteers Around the World (They travel to a developing country in the summer and have health clinics for free, whaaat.), Delta Gamma sorority, and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society! I plan to study abroad for a semester my junior year as well as live in my sorority. At the expense of maybe a healthy sleep schedule, I can’t wait for all the opportunities to take on and hopefully I will see some of you around campus!!!!

:) Rose

Cara IntroHey, party people! My name is Cara (pronounced care-uh — because I care about YOU!). I am a sophomore here at the best school in the world. I am from the beautiful central valley of California, specifically Fresno, which can get to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. What can I say, I’m used to being hot! ;) While I came to USC as an undecided major, I declared International Relations last spring, and I couldn’t be more excited to start delving deep into my studies of global politics and security!

Other than being a Dornsife Ambassador, I am now a new member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where I am on the recruitment committee. I am also a peer minister with the Lutheran Campus Ministry here at USC, as well as being actively involved in other Bible studies and religious organizations. This semester I am participating in the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP) in the teaching ethics sector, where I get to go to a local high school and teach the students about ethics and how to apply ethical principles to global issues. It’s just another great way that Dornsife has grown my knowledge about international relations while giving me a great opportunity to give back!

As a sophomore at USC, I am really excited to get involved in what Dornsife has to offer. I am looking into tons of study abroad options, like a spring break trip to Russia using the Trans-Siberian railroad and a semester-long study abroad program my junior year! I plan on continuing to do TIRP, as well as hopefully doing research later this year. I am applying to a Problems Without Passports research opportunity this summer in Washington D.C. where I would learn about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear security in the US. I am super excited!

Mostly, I am super proud to be a member of the Trojan family. I absolutely love all of the amazing people at USC, my professors, my friends, and my classmates. We all have the common goal of becoming the best people we can be in order to become the best Trojans we can be, and nothings could be better than that!!!

Jennifer F WaldenHi, everyone! As you may or may not know, I am a sophomore in the Thematic Option program at USC. Thematic Option is  an alternative general education program. You must apply before your freshman year to be admitted to the program, but it is open to all majors. This interdisciplinary program is very reading- and writing-intensive, but I have not once regretted my decision to be a part of it. (Prospective freshman- if you love to learn and you’re considering applying, DO IT!)

My most recent mind-blowing TO experience was embarking on a field trip with my CORE 104 class to the Huntington Library. Each class is interdisciplinary, so it’s hard for me to label this class as just “history,” “literature,” or “philosophy.” This particular course, entitled “Americans and Nature” satisfies my “Change and the Future” requirement and examines the shifting relationship between the American people and the natural landscape throughout our national history. The professor, William Deverell, is absolutely brilliant. I was never a huge fan of U.S. history until this class. This man is so knowledgeable about every aspect of American history that sometimes I think he must own a time machine.

In any case, we headed to the Huntington knowing only that 1) we would be entering the “vaults” of the library and 2) that Professor Deverell would “blow our minds.”

He did exactly that. After arriving at the grounds and receiving special stickers granting us access to the general grounds of the library as well as the exclusive back rooms, we entered the Munger Research Institute. Since Professor Deverell directs the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, he arranged for us to view several priceless items directly tied to our class. Over the course of about 45 minutes, we viewed original drafts of Thoreau’s Walden, two first edition prints of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, 19th century dagerotype photographs, and an original print of the book detailing Lewis and Clark’s voyage, among several other incredible artifacts. Professor Deverell also arranged for us to view the knife used by one of John Wilkes Booth’s fellow conspirators to wound the Secretary of State. Being the liberal arts nerd that I am, I completely nerded out.

After this, some of my classmates and I embarked on a cursory tour of the grounds in the half an hour or so left before closing. Despite not having enough time to explore all of the gardens and examine all of the priceless art and artifacts on display, I left the Huntington feeling incredibly inspired. I definitely hope I can return to see the rest of the library grounds!

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