California – Contra Costa County, Central Valley and Imperial Valley (CA)
B.A. English Literature and Creative Writing
College of the Holy Cross
M.Ed Secondary English Language Arts
University of Notre Dame
Raised in Sacramento, I wanted an East Coast experience for college. Several winters in Worcester, Massachusetts and now living in Los Angeles, has been enough to realize that I much prefer going for runs on the beach and then taking a swim in the ocean to shoveling snow in January. That said, I am grateful for the small, liberal arts, Jesuit education I received at Holy Cross and the life-long friends I made.
I started my time at Holy Cross on the Pre-Med track but with the help of my academic adviser, I discovered that spending more time writing than studying organic chemistry was evidence that what I really loved to do was read, write, and talk with other people. After graduation, I wanted some kind of service experience where I could practically applying these passions. I chose to teach middle school literature here in Los Angeles..
I made the switch to higher education and admissions so I can spend more time working one-on-one with prospective students and families to mentor and help figure out if USC is the best fit for you.
USC offers an abundance of opportunities, in the heart of Los Angeles. College is a time to nurture and discover new passions by spending time with professors who are passionate about what they do. There is no better place to be surrounded by so many scholars who are the best in their respective fields than at USC. Take a film production class at the School of Cinematic Arts, a business ethics class at Marshall, and a political philosophy class at Dornsife. Get your work done, then go to the beach and see a movie that’s only screening in New York or Los Angeles. At USC, you will discover what you love.
Go with your gut. When you visit and read about schools, pay attention to when you find yourself thinking, “I could spend four years here.”
Movie: The Intouchables
Book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Musical Performer: Bon Iver
Food: Stir-fry, with extra broccoli and a good peanut sauce