Hi, all! My name is Ara, and I’m a sophomore here at USC. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, I have spent a year and some change falling in love with Los Angeles, USC, and especially USC Dornsife. Although I entered my freshman year undecided, I have since committed to studying International Relations Global Business, an interdisciplinary major composed of classes in both Dornsife and the Marshall School of Business. I am also double minoring in Spanish and Psychology & Law, and I hope to one day go to law school.
As a southern girl looking to expand her horizons, I entered my freshman year certain that I wanted to do everything from Medieval Literature to Political Science – maybe with a computer science minor thrown in. The beauty of USC Dornsife is that I had the opportunity to try all of these things. At the end of the day, with a passion for human rights and international affairs, I settled on IRGB.
However, my studies aren’t the only gift USC Dornsife has given me. This summer I had the privilege of studying nuclear nonproliferation and international security in Washington, D.C. through a Dornsife program called Problems Without Passports. I watched diplomats debate Iranian sanctions at The Atlantic Council, had coffee with the former US Ambassador to Pakistan, and even watched Hilary Clinton deliver a speech at the Kennedy Center on women’s empowerment. In the future, I hope to study abroad in Spain, conduct research with a professor, and take full advantage of the plethora of opportunities USC Dornsife has to offer. Though not a Trojan by blood, I have truly been converted to the unique, vibrant, and absolutely captivating world of USC. Fight on!