“To me, USC means family.”

USC student Sade Famuyiwa. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)


Sade Famuyiwa, a cinema and media studies major, is a social justice advocate who spearheaded her high school’s sexual assault awareness week before starting at USC this spring. Raised in Venice, California, and of Nigerian descent, she says “I want to use my voice to tell stories that would enable others to see the world through different perspectives other than their own, and to promote change.”

What did you do when you first found out you got in to USC?

When I first learned that I got into USC, I jumped as high as I can, screaming, as my parents played Fight On! I was really pumped, and I took a selfie with the USC gear that I have!

What did you do fall semester?

This fall semester, I studied abroad in London at Richmond University-The American International University. It was a very fun experience and a great transition into college.

Why did you want to be a Trojan? What does USC mean to you?

I wanted to be a Trojan ever since I was little. Watching the football games on tv and seeing all the students and fans holding up the victory sign, including my parents at home, just made me want to be a part of it. I wanted to be part of a strong, tight-knit community that believes in the spirit of their school. To me, USC means family.

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

I’m most excited about all the clubs and extracurricular activities that are on campus. There are so many clubs, and I have a lot of interests so that is definitely something that I’m looking forward to!

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

One piece of advice that I was given that I will use in college was from my dad, which is to say yes. Not meaning say yes to everything, but to say yes to new opportunities, experiences, and people. To be open-minded about every new situation that you go into.