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Gary Lee - An American Dream

An Uplifting Tale

November 14, 2011

Is there a general fatigue from an oversaturation of American dream stories? I can’t say (because I don’t know), but I do think we take our parents’ sacrifices and uniquely American opportunities and…

A rainstorm closed Mole National Park when the Ghana fellows visited to take a safari ride. Just as they were turning back to the lodge, a procession of elephants crossed their path. Photo by Elisabeth Wolfenden '13.

Not Following the Herd

November 7, 2011

A newborn goat, umbilical cord still attached, stumbled across the dusty road, bleating in wonder. From the airplane window a day earlier, eight USC Dornsife undergraduates had watched the Los Angeles sprawl and jammed I-405…

Sonia Narang (B.A., psychology, '99) is director of leadership and development for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Carlos Puma.

The Morale Booster

October 18, 2011

Sonia Narang was living in New York City when during her sister’s visit they found a rat in the apartment. “Remember this was New York City, OK?” Narang said. The pair stayed up all night cleaning. Narang…

Matthew Michael Carnahan (B.A., international relations, '95) is a screenwriter in Arlington, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Silver Screen Storyteller

October 6, 2011

Banging out scripts from his home office in Arlington, Va., Matthew Michael Carnahan finds that real-world stories drive his creativity. One night while searching for a USC Trojans football game on television, a blip of news…

Wayne Wu (M.S., mathematics, '92) is president and CEO of Pacific Health Investment, Inc. in Orange County, Calif. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Beam of Hope

September 15, 2011

A benign brain tumor was pressing against a young woman’s optic nerve. She faced a medical Catch-22: remove the tumor via a complicated surgery with a high likelihood of destroying the nerve, or closely monitor the tumor…

Téa Obreht, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with degrees in creative writing and art history, is the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for fiction for her first novel <em>The Tiger's Wife</em>. Portrait photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

An Unforgettable Year

September 14, 2011

The past year has been a whirlwind for Téa Obreht. The USC Dornsife alumna was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” and selected as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book…

From Undecided to M.D.

The Language of Medicine

September 8, 2011

Unlike many of her peers, Heather Rosen didn’t always know she wanted to be a doctor. Now a seventh-year general surgery resident, it’s hard to imagine Rosen as anything else. In her crisp white coat and blue…

David Bach (B.A., social sciences and communication, '90) is founder of Finishrich Media in New York City. Photo by Phil Channing.

America's Money Advocate

August 26, 2011

David Bach lets the HARPO Studio’s greenroom door close behind him and waits backstage for his final cue. The top button of his blue oxford shirt open and classic black suit perfectly tailored, he’s ready. This is…

Celia C. Ayala (B.A., sociology and Spanish, '76) is CEO of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Phil Channing.

Champion for Education

August 5, 2011

Celia C. Ayala discovered her life’s passion at an early age. With a quest to contribute to her community, she knew what she wanted to do; it was the how that remained a mystery. In her eighth floor office, Chief…

Lindsay Harrison (B.A., political science and gender studies, '00) is a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Firm Ambition

July 15, 2011

The young attorney might have been standing solo before the omnipotent Wizard of Oz. No small and meek here before the great and powerful. Hair blond and unbridled, the lawyer faces the scrutiny of John Roberts, Clarence…