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We Want to Change the World. Show Us How.

These newest members of the Trojan Family have the initiative to seek changes and the perspicacity to see them through.

Top row, from left: Jennifer Padilla, Sheena Khanna, Alice Hall-Partyka. Middle row, from left: Steve Zhou, Maurice Turner. Seated: Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo credit Phil Channing.
Top row, from left: Jennifer Padilla, Sheena Khanna, Alice Hall-Partyka. Middle row, from left: Steve Zhou, Maurice Turner. Seated: Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Before entering USC College, these freshmen saw what they needed to do and took action. Their motivations differ. For Maurice Turner, his Aunt Laura’s Alzheimer’s set him in motion. Alice Hall-Partyka became fed up with garbage strewn in waterways.

Some prompts came from cataclysmic events. Steve Zhou, for example, was moved by a rash of student suicides at his high school. Others, seemingly commonplace: Sheena Khanna was inspired by everyday storage containers.

Whatever the catalyst, these six freshmen have the initiative to seek changes and the perspicacity to see them through. The newest additions to the Trojan Family exemplify what makes USC College so extraordinary. In the fall of 2010, the College welcomed 1,900 new freshmen and transfers. Of nearly 18,800 freshmen applicants to the College, only 22 percent were admitted.

Read the profiles of these six freshman:

 

Social Justice with a Kick

Jennifer Padilla

Major: African American Studies

 

Keeping Memories Alive

Maurice Turner

Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Neuroscience

 

Ambitious, Just Add Water

Alice Hall-Partyka

Major: Environmental Studies

 

Building Dreams

Patrick "P.J." Atchison

Major: Economics

 

Scalpel...Forceps...Recycling

Sheena Khanna

Major: Neuroscience, Baccalaureate/MD

 

Triumph Over Tragedy

Steve Zhou

Major: Biochemistry

 

Read more articles from USC College Magazine's Fall 2010/Winter 2011 issue