Sam Williams

Assistant Director

B.S. Education & Music
New York University

M.Ed. Student Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles

New Jersey

Originally from the great state of New Jersey, I knew that I wanted to work in the realm of education access since high school. After going to school in NYC, I moved to Chicago for a year-long fellowship at Urban Prep Academies, where I oversaw the academic and emotional well-being of thirty young men in their first year of high school. From there, I went to the Posse Foundation as a trainer, where I got to work with incredible young people who went to colleges throughout the country. It was my first step into the admissions world, and I soon realized it was a world in which I wanted to be. I soon set my sights on warmer and sunnier skies, and found myself at UCLA for graduate school. While there I worked at both the Undocumented Student Program and the Office for Student Organizations, Leadership, & Engagement. I’m thrilled to have made the move across town to USC to continue on my professional journey in working with students to make the dream of attending college a reality.

Why USC?
Growing up on the east coast, USC always seemed to have this magical aura about it from 3,000 miles away. As I came to learn more about this place, I was blown away by all of the opportunities students have access to both while in school and after. The pride in the institution and in those with whom you share it is infectious!

Admission Advice:
Let your passions shine through in the application! Numbers do not tell the whole story; rather we really want to get to know the person behind the application, and writing about what is important to you will really allow us to do just that.

Movie: The Sandlot and Shawshank Redemption
Food: Chicken Parmesan
Book: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Musical Artist: D’Angelo
Quote: “Spaceships don’t come equipped with rearview mirrors, they dip, as quick as they can. The atmosphere is now ripped, I’m soul like a Pip.” – Andre Benjamin