Hey 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!