Haley Rosenspire

Senior Assistant Director

B.A. Political Science
University of Southern California

California – City of San Diego and South San Diego County
Arizona – Phoenix

I am native New Yorker and life-long east coaster, but in 2012 I came to USC for my undergrad and fell in love with Los Angeles and everything the city and university had to offer, thus betraying five generations of New Yorkers before me. Although my undergraduate emphasis was in Judicial Studies and Pre-Law, and I have always loved living in a big city, when I graduated from USC I took a job with Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Teaching in an under-resourced school in a state that I had never visited (much less contemplated moving to) was an intensely humbling experience, for which I am deeply grateful. That being said, I couldn’t be more excited to be back in LA and working with the next generation of Trojans.

Why USC?

As a proud Trojan Alum, I could list a million reasons for students to come to SC, but I will say it boils down one: the people. The people you will meet at USC will change your life irrevocably. Academically, you will find peers and professors who will challenge and support you in becoming the best student you can be. Socially, you will make lifetime friends across a wide spectrum of activities, from athletics and Greek life to your residential colleges, clubs, and classes. The ability to connect with likeminded people who shared my interests, passions, and ambition in life was by far the most rewarding (and most fun!) part of my USC experience.

Admissions Advice:

DO NOT compare your college application experience to anyone else— particularly, siblings, parents and friends. What worked for them might not work for you. I learned this one the hard way.

Musical Artists: Too many to list, but right now I’m really into Joywave and Spoon.
Favorite food: My mom’s Chicken Parm
Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Marianne Williamson
Book: The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner