My USC Story

The University of Southern California is more than its two campuses, more than its rich history in growing with the region, and more than its contributions to the myriad intellectual, artistic, and new enterprises that are the hallmark of Los Angeles. USC is more than 400,000 alumni, student scholars, researchers, teachers, physicians, nurses, and professional staff. Every Trojan has her or his reasons that draw them to The Trojan Family—each story unique from one another—and we are proud to share some of these USC stories with you.

“Why USC? Where else would I have gone?”

“Why USC? Where else would I have gone?”

“This is how I can make an impact.”

“This is how I can make an impact.”

College football star finds calling as teacher and role model

College football star finds calling as teacher and role model

Kiki Carson on Challenges, College and California

Kiki Carson on Challenges, College and California

“It was really tough, but I knew it was a great opportunity that I didn’t want to give up.”

“It was really tough, but I knew it was a great opportunity that I didn’t want to give up.”

“With just four simple ingredients, you can feed an entire world”

“With just four simple ingredients, you can feed an entire world”

“I think (USC) really gives me the understanding that I can be true to myself and true to our principles as journalists.”

“I think (USC) really gives me the understanding that I can be true to myself and true to our principles as journalists.”

First-Generation Student Embodies Oath of a Pharmacist

First-Generation Student Embodies Oath of a Pharmacist

Grateful for support that made college possible, USC grad pays it forward

Grateful for support that made college possible, USC grad pays it forward

USC grad tested his love of filmmaking in the jungles of Peru

USC grad tested his love of filmmaking in the jungles of Peru

“We have the opportunity to determine what we want the values of this university to be in the 21st century”

“We have the opportunity to determine what we want the values of this university to be in the 21st century”

“Engineers at USC are taught to use what we learn to make society a better place.”

“Engineers at USC are taught to use what we learn to make society a better place.”

“Communication is key” to culture change

“Communication is key” to culture change

Undergraduate student leader Debbie Lee reflects on change progress at USC

Undergraduate student leader Debbie Lee reflects on change progress at USC

“My mission is to be the 21st-century ballerina.”

“My mission is to be the 21st-century ballerina.”

An Agent of Change Empowering Diverse Voices in Hollywood

An Agent of Change Empowering Diverse Voices in Hollywood

From a village in Syria to USC Bovard Scholar and first-generation student

From a village in Syria to USC Bovard Scholar and first-generation student

Violence prevention specialist aims to cultivate community of respect at USC

Violence prevention specialist aims to cultivate community of respect at USC

From chemistry problems to mentorship for women in science, Smaranda Marinescu tirelessly seeks the best solutions.

From chemistry problems to mentorship for women in science, Smaranda Marinescu tirelessly seeks the best solutions.

“I immediately felt like I found my new home.”

“I immediately felt like I found my new home.”

“I felt no other schools could compare to all of the opportunities already in place here and that USC Pharmacy has such an established program”

“I felt no other schools could compare to all of the opportunities already in place here and that USC Pharmacy has such an established program”

Combat veteran Laura Owen has an enthusiasm that rubs off on her students at USC, even if they’ve never met her in person.

Combat veteran Laura Owen has an enthusiasm that rubs off on her students at USC, even if they’ve never met her in person.

“There is only so much you can learn in a classroom. The rest you learn by doing.”

“There is only so much you can learn in a classroom. The rest you learn by doing.”

Rachel Eckerling’s experience with anorexia has made her a better listener.

Rachel Eckerling’s experience with anorexia has made her a better listener.

“This is my Los Angeles”

“This is my Los Angeles”

“Growing up, I had a family member who was ill and there was a period of time in my life where I was no stranger to frequent visits to hospitals”

“Growing up, I had a family member who was ill and there was a period of time in my life where I was no stranger to frequent visits to hospitals”

“In order to change the world, you have to begin to imagine it differently”

“In order to change the world, you have to begin to imagine it differently”

“At USC, there is an environment with such diverse backgrounds that I often feel like I am learning as much I am teaching.”

“At USC, there is an environment with such diverse backgrounds that I often feel like I am learning as much I am teaching.”

“You’ll have trouble finding success if you can’t venture into something that puts you in an uncomfortable or unfamiliar position.”

“You’ll have trouble finding success if you can’t venture into something that puts you in an uncomfortable or unfamiliar position.”

“I’d be a completely different person if I hadn’t lost my dad. I had to fight for everything and that has made me a lot stronger.”

“I’d be a completely different person if I hadn’t lost my dad. I had to fight for everything and that has made me a lot stronger.”