“I brought my grandmother’s Tommy Trojan charm necklace to college…I’m glad that I get to take a part of her with me here.”

Lauren Gilmour (USC Photo)
Lauren Gilmour (USC Photo)

What did you do when you first found out you got into USC?

I knew that my decision would be at my house if I came during lunch, so I gathered two of my friends to get pizza (for food and for comfort in case I didn’t get in) and then quickly go to my house. When I saw the large envelope, I screamed louder than I ever had before, and I texted and called all of my family and friends.

What are you most excited to learn/do/experience/etc. while at USC?

I am most excited to experiment with a lot of different kinds of classes and broaden my education. There are a lot of topics that I want to explore outside of my major, Public Relations, such as computer science, World War 2, film, art, and graphic design.

What is one thing you brought with you to USC that means the most to you?

I brought my grandmother’s Tommy Trojan charm necklace to college. She is very important to me, and I’m glad that I get to take a part of her with me here. It is also a good luck charm for game days.

What piece of advice were you given about starting college that you’ll follow?

My sister wrote me a letter giving me a lot of useful advice for college, but what stuck out most to me was to make college my own and create a community. This includes never turning away people and always being open to new people and experiences. I have kept this in mind every day so far here at USC, and I will continue to do so.

What do you think/hope you’ll be like four years from now?

I hope in four years I will be much wiser than I am right now and even more curious. I also hope that I will have a better idea of the path that I would like to go on after college.

Lauren Gilmour, a public relations major from La Canada Flintridge, is excited to study advocacy communications within her major. She grew up loving USC and says it’s a dream come true to finally be joining the Class of 2022.