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.

“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.”

“To me, USC means family.”

“To me, USC means family.”

Shannon Grady has a message to those with ADHD: Never Give Up

Shannon Grady has a message to those with ADHD: Never Give Up

“It’s not about whether or not you mess up; it’s what you do about what you messed up”

“It’s not about whether or not you mess up; it’s what you do about what you messed up”

Alumnus Ludwig Göransson Quietly Soundtracked 2018

Alumnus Ludwig Göransson Quietly Soundtracked 2018

“The acceptance letter from USC was the last one I received, and I had already committed somewhere else.”

“The acceptance letter from USC was the last one I received, and I had already committed somewhere else.”

“And I realized my love of science and my love of working with kids. Teaching is where I had to be.”

“And I realized my love of science and my love of working with kids. Teaching is where I had to be.”

“Any opportunity we have to put a smile on someone’s face, we’re gonna do it.”

“Any opportunity we have to put a smile on someone’s face, we’re gonna do it.”

“Reject the fear of failure. Everybody fails, and everybody is afraid to fail.”

“Reject the fear of failure. Everybody fails, and everybody is afraid to fail.”

“A life-changing experience.”

“A life-changing experience.”

“I got imposter syndrome. It’s a mentality that plagues a lot of people from communities like mine.”

“I got imposter syndrome. It’s a mentality that plagues a lot of people from communities like mine.”

Jake Davidson honors his grandmother and his alma mater with a scholarship

Jake Davidson honors his grandmother and his alma mater with a scholarship