Meet me, learn about my love for SC, or just get to know how awesome I am.
Rojine Ariani speaking.
You’re probably wondering how in the world my name is pronounced right now.
It’s a wonderful mystical mystery.
Anywho, I suppose I’ll tell you a bit about myself now:
I’m from Tarzana (named after the author of Tarzan, who lived there, so yes, your assumptions are correct), which is in the San Fernando Valley — it’s only a little over 20 miles away from here, but if you ask me how long it takes to get there, well, it depends. On a good day, 25-30 min. But when rush hour hits, unless you want to sit in your car for 1.5-2 hrs, forget about it. Yes, the thrill you get out of driving in this city is essentially the equivalent of what you get going to Disneyland.
I am a sophomore double-majoring in Political Science and International Relations at THE best school in the world (Fight On!). My academic interests stem from my strong passion for human rights and are meant to supplement my political/diplomatic understanding of the world in order to allow me to effectively further involve myself in advocating international social causes. I am pursuing my IR degree with concentrations in international political economy within the Middle East+North Africa region, geographical areas which fascinate me for a number of reasons, especially with everything happening in the region today. I am hoping to be able to analyze human rights conditions within MENA through a lens of economics, as I am particularly interested in how current economic situations in these post-colonial countries affect the government and state and what the human rights repercussions of these conditions are. I’m planning to attend law school after USC to pursue a degree in International Law, through which I will be able to truly affect meaningful change in the world.
Aside from my academic passions, I love being involved on the USC campus outside of my classrooms. I am a member of Phi Alpha Delta, our school’s pre-law fraternity, and am currently serving as a philanthropy co-chair this semester. I also began writing for SCIR’s “Glimpse From The Globe” at the beginning of summer, and the Daily Trojan at the beginning of this semester (I recommend you read both publications, there are some really talented writers at this school!). I just recently became a new member of the Blackstonians Pre-Law Honor Society which I’m really excited about because it’s been something I’ve been interested in since my time visiting USC as a prospective student, so I’ll have updates soon on what that’s like!
There are also a bunch of programs which I’m hoping to partake in during my time here at SC. For instance, I’m really eager to apply to the Rwanda Problems Without Passports program for 2014. (There’s also a UN Geneva PWP program which isn’t listed up there that I’m extremely interested in). I also really want to study abroad in Africa while doing some internship where I can really immerse myself in the local culture and make a change; Ghana and Botswana are appealing to me, but there are so many countries to choose from — it’s so difficult!
So, as you can see, I really love this school, which is why I decided to become a Dornsife Ambassador, so I can share my enthusiasm with everyone else! The academic experience is unparalleled, the extracurricular opportunities are endless, and the Trojan family is of its own breed — the relationships you make here with students and faculty truly do last a lifetime. (Plus, we have the best sports ever — football doesn’t count, it was all Lane’s fault! Just wait and see… we’ll be back…)
Now let’s see… Some less boring stuff…
I am currently interning for this political publication, the California Target Book, which compiles non-biased, non-partisan voter and candidate info and is published each election cycle (check it out, it’s really cool — will definitely be of use in your poli-sci/public policy papers/research/homework!)
I love Bikram Yoga, although I’ve been taking a break from it recently since it’s midterms season. Extensive stretching in an excruciatingly hot and humid 100 degree room, what more could you want! So basically, I’m going to DIE when I finally go back to it.
I love my doggy, she is THE cutest dog in the world and don’t think otherwise — it’s not an owner opinion; it’s a hard FACT (look it up, she’s in the dictionary under “cutest dog”). Her name is Zoe, and she is a Portuguese Water Dog. And yes, she is in fact the Obama family’s Bo’s cousin. That’s a fact too.
I ALSO have a pet hedgehog which I just got. His name is Hercules — he’s a very overgrown hedgehog, and he’s grumpy and mean… But unconditional love, right?
If you were thinking about getting me some gifts, think no more: my favorite color is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, magenta, feldgrau, clear, malachite, and everything else. My favorite food is oysters. That should be enough for you to think of something.
Sooo yeah! If you’ve made it up to here, well, we should be friends. Glad you got to get to know a bit about me, keep getting to know more about me, keep loving SC, and FIGHT ON!!!