Major/minor: Health & Humanity major;Health Care Studies minor
Year in school: Sophomore
Hometown: Irvine, CA
My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the incredible diversity of the people that I meet. I have met a variety of people from a wide range of different sizes, shapes, personalities, etc.; however, no matter who I meet at Dornsife, they all have two traits in common: They are all accepting of new people, and they all have something profoundly unique about them. I've met people who are extremely talented in the arts or in sports, but that isn't what makes them so awesome. It's the accumulation of everything about their individual selves (including their dreams and aspirations) that make them so interesting.
My dream job is: to become a doctor. I've always wanted to help people and becoming a doctor seems like the perfect way to do it. At first I wanted to be an emergency room doctor. This type of doctor was perfect for my aspirations; it required that the person be a "jack-of-all-trades" in medicine in order to assess a patient's injury. However, ever since coming to USC, my interest in neuroscience has flourished. I blame it on my freshman biology classes and the professors that taught them; they were so enthusiastic about the subject and showed me how neuroscience was related to many current medical problems. Although I still strive to become an ER doctor, I hope to be able to delve into the field of neuroscience in my future.
My best ever vacation was: actually during the spring break of my freshman year at USC. My roommate, another friend, and I road-tripped up to Vancouver, Canada from Los Angeles, and needless to say, it was one amazing journey. Driving on the Oregon coastline, camping in the Redwood Forest, snowboarding on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, going to Science World, and so many other things made the trip so incredible. Even the 20-hour drive between Vancouver and Los Angeles was enjoyable as my friends and I blasted the song "Chocolate" by the 1975 on the freeway. The trip was so worth it, and I recommend that everyone do it once in their lives.
My favorite spot on campus is: besides my bed, the Philosophy Library in Mudd Hall. The atmosphere is hauntingly beautiful; you can almost smell the knowledge in the air. Furthermore, it is one of the few places that is not bustling with activity. The sound of one's breath might be the loudest thing in the room. It is the perfect place for a respite from all the activity in the life of a Dornsife student.
If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a kangaroo. It would be awesome to have super buff legs and be able to jump 10 feet high and 30 feet long. I could play fight with my kangaroo friends and kick them with both feet as I briefly balance on my tail. Also, I would have a tail. How cool is that?
My favorite class at USC has been: PHIL 262: Mind and Self. I had never taken a philosophy course before college, so it truly was an enlightening experience. It was similar to an English/writing class but had its own unique feel to it. The material was profound, and I was subjected to ideas and ways of thinking unlike any that I could have even imagined. The craziest part about it was the papers. They only consisted of two things: thinking and writing down what you were thinking. I was always thinking about the prompts and how I would answer. I even bothered my roommate and had many philosophical discussions with him over dinner. It was a difficult but very fun class, and it provided me with something fresh out of the sciences in my pre-med based education.
One of my favorite movies is: The Lego Movie. I recently watched it and was enraptured in its world. There were so many goofy plot twists that kept me laughing. The interactions among the characters were hysterical, and I loved how the animators could put the perfect reactions on the faces of the Lego people. The music was extremely entertaining and needless to say, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! (That was a reference to a song from the movie. I'm sorry if that startled you.) Anyway, I thought the movie was going to be silly and only kids would laugh at its jokes. This turned out to be true, but it was the 10-year old kid in me that was having a blast.