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Dornsife Interns

Caleb McCracken

 

Majors: Philosophy and Spanish double major

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the enormous range of people and opportunities! So many majors! So many minors! So many different programs to get involved in! It's crazy! It's awesome! It's... Dornsife!

My dream job is: a professional bedazzler. I don't think that's a real job though, so maybe a lawyer. 

My favorite spot on campus is: the baseball field at around 2 AM — it's totally silent, there's an enormous amount of open, green space, and there's even enough lighting to study if you get tired of the libraries.

One of my favorite movies is: Spirited Away. It's so artful and beautifully whimsical. It also never fails to make me appreciate the fact that my parents never got transformed into giant pigs. 

Charlynn Yeung

 

Majors: Philosophy, Politics, & Law and Economics double major

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: that students are given the unique opportunity to explore their passions that fall within their major and their interests outside their intended area of study with the abundance and diversity of courses.

My dream job is: to work as an attorney focused on dispelling and resolving humanitarian crises abroad.

My favorite class at USC has been: LAW 300 with Professor Garet. It was an amazing introduction to the field of law within a law class setting. The professor was so passionate and enthusiastic that I couldn't help but get excited about legal reasoning and the evolution of American law. 

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a sea otter! They float on their backs all day eating shellfish and hold hands when they nap so they won't float away. So cute! Who wouldn't want to be in the ocean all day? 

 

Christine Vargas

 

Majors: International Relations and Spanish double major

Year in school: Recent graduate (2015)

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the flexibility for students to take classes in different areas of study. 

My dream job is: working with a non-profit, educating children and their communities around the world about important health and societal issues. 

My favorite class at USC has been: Sociology 155: Immigrant America. I gained a better understanding of immigrants and how or why they assimilate into a society. My grandmother is an immigrant, and it was interesting to see common patterns between her story and the stories of other immigrants. 

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a baby panda. They eat, sleep, and play all day. They are very in tune with my calm yet fun personality.

Ehrenstrom Elder

 

Majors/Minor: Philosophy, Politics & Law and Economics double major; Management Consulting minor

Minor: Management Consultiung

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the diverse range of opportunities and the flexibility to pursue a variety of interests.

My dream job is: to be a lawyer for Google or play Major League Baseball.

My favorite class has been: Law 300 w Professor Garet. It was a great introduction to legal reasoning and changed the way I see rules and laws.

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a kangaroo, for three reasons. One, I would love to see Australia. Two, they can jump like Michael Jordan. And three, nobody messes with a kangaroo.

Emily He

 

Major: Biological Sciences major

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: Cerritos, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the diversity! The range of interests and personalities add depth to the Trojan Family.

My dream job is: to work for the CIA. There wouldn't be an "ordinary" day!

My favorite spot on campus is: the philosophy library. It's a peaceful space enveloped in magnificent architecture hidden behind a quaint garden.

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a giraffe, because I always wanted to be tall.

James Toh

 

Major/minor: Health & Humanity major; Health Care Studies minor 

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Irvine, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the incredible diversity of the people that I meet.

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.

My favorite class at USC has been: PHIL 262: Mind and Self. The material was profound, and I was subjected to ways of thinking unlike any that I could have even imagined. The craziest part was the papers. They only consisted of two things: thinking and writing down what you were thinking.

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?

Katherine Lee

 

Majors: International Relations and Philosophy, Politics, & Law double major

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: its emphasis on interdisciplinary learning.

My dream job is: to work as a pro bono attorney in New York City.

My favorite spot on campus is: Ground Zero. Its milkshakes are the bomb, and the atmosphere is great for kicking back with friends, listening to some great slam poetry or watching a hilarious improvisation show.

If I could be any kind of animal for a day, I would be a: kangaroo. It would be convenient to have a built-in pouch and be able to bounce around.

Kathryn Kelly

 

Majors/Minor: International Relations and Creative Writing double major; Classics minor

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the endless opportunities it offers. I continually have the chance to explore more of my interests. 

My dream job is: to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations while writing fictional novels in my free time — or become the next Samantha Brown ("Passport to Europe").

My favorite USC memory is: Light Up The Coliseum. What an incredible way to start my freshman year.

My favorite spot on campus is: The Mudd Hall of Philosophy library! I feel like I'm at the Hogwarts I never got invited to.

Katie Gaitan

 

Major/Minor: English major; Organizational Leadership and Management minor

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the diversity of course offerings and endless opportunities for students both on campus and abroad.

My dream job is: to work with children as an elementary or intermediate school principal.

My favorite spot on campus is: the steps near Traveler. It's a perfect place to eat lunch or spend a few minutes in between classes and enjoy our beautiful campus.

My favorite class at USC has been: ARTL 105 - "The Art of Poetry". Taught by an inspiring professor and seasoned poet, this class completely changed my perspective on poetry. I always looked forward to attending this class!

 

Leigh Jacobson

 

Major/minor: International Relations major; Global Communication minor

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: Tarzana, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: how many major/minor and travel options I have — it's overwhelming in a totally great way!

My dream job is: working for a private security consulting company on counter-terrorism. 

My favorite class at USC has been: IR 304: Espionage & Intelligence. My professor is a retired CIA agent and provides compelling personal insight into work in that field — it's pretty awesome. 

If I could be any animal for a day, I'd be a: shark. No one messes with sharks.

Maariyah Patel

 

Majors: Neuroscience and Business Administration double major

Year in school: Junior

Hometown: Fullerton, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: that the professors are so invested in their students, which is so inspiring. 

My dream job is: a pediatric neurologist! My ultimate dream is to establish a practice to provide medical services to the underserved.  

My favorite class at USC has been: Religion 137: Introduction to Islam. I loved this class so much! It was taught by an amazing, passionate professor and filled with students of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds. It was the perfect way to learn about a controversial topic and clarify misconceptions.

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: None. I'm deathly afraid of all animals!

Maria Phoutrides

 

Majors: International Relations and Art History double major

Year in school: Recent graduate (2015)

Hometown: Portland, OR

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: all the opportunities available for students outside of the classroom.

My dream job is: to be a curator at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

My favorite spot on campus is: Literatea Cafe, because the courtyard is a great place to study on a sunny day or just to grab some coffee and hang out.

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a flamingo, because they seem like kind of a goofy bird that's always having a good time. Plus I've always wondered what it's like to try to balance on such thin legs.

Meghan Heneghan

 

Major/minor: International Relations major; Environmental Studies minor

Year in school: Recent graduate (2015)

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the close-knit community and attention that comes from small class sizes. 

My favorite USC memory is: the two summers in a row spent traveling with professors and a small group of students. One summer I was in the Arctic Circle of northern Finland with reindeer; the next I was 60 feet underwater SCUBA diving with sharks in Palau. 

My favorite class has been: my Thematic Option course, CORE 112. The course dealt with experimental time narratives, meaning every work we read or watched incorporated aspects of non-linear time, whether flashbacks, time travel, futurism, backward storytelling, or even a jumbled storyline.

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: an owl. I've always felt it embodied my spirit. Plus I'd get to stay awake all night. And rotate my head 270 degrees.

Melissa Ward

 

Major/minor: Non-Governmental Organizations & Social Change major; Occupational Science minor

Year in school: Sophomore

Hometown: Long Beach, NY

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the immense amount of opportunities! There are so many ways to learn about absolutely anything that interests you, whether it be through a class, a research position, or studying abroad. Dornsife truly develops a love for learning in its students.

My dream job is: Occupational therapist for an international NGO.

One of my favorite movies is: The Sandlot! Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez is my childhood hero/crush. Also, the 4th of July fireworks scene with Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful" playing in the background gets me every time.

My favorite class has been: CORE 101: Culture, Law, and Identity with Professor Alison Renteln. This class was one of the most challenging courses I took my freshman year, but it forced me to grow as a writer, thinker, and human being. My desire to promote social justice and human rights was strengthened.

 

Samhita Nanduri

 

Major: Cognitive Science

Year in school: Senior

Hometown: Union City, CA

My favorite thing about USC Dornsife is: the general education requirements, because they allow me to explore other interests. As a pre-med student, I never expected to enjoy (let alone even take) an art history class!

My dream job is: to work in pediatrics. I would love to do something along the lines of "Doctors Without Borders".

My favorite spot on campus is: the balconies of the School of Cinematic Arts complex. The views are great, and hardly anyone knows they exist!

If I could be any animal for a day, I would be: a horse, because they are perfect in every way.