Meet Us: Student Ambassadors

Bethany Yew

Sophomore
Major: Occupational Therapy
Minor: Musical Studies and Organizational Leadership and Management
City: San Marino, CA
Favorite USC memory: taking my Anatomy class where we used a cadaver.
Harrison Weinerman

Sophomore
City: Chester, NJ
Major: Computer Science
Favorite USC memory: attending game days!
Terrance Ware, Jr.

Junior
City: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Public Policy
Minor: Accounting
Fun Fact: I would someday like to become the president of the United States.
Nikki Walker

Sophomore
Major: Journalism
Minor: Marketing
City: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Favorite USC memory: Fall Open House, USC/UCLA football game, and daily life on campus :)
Sarah Voss

Junior
Major: Communication
Minor: Entertainment Industry
City: Seattle, WA
Favorite USC memory: going to a puppies and DIY event at Parkside because it is where I met my best friend, Clare.
Fun Fact: I wore a turkey costume to LAX for Thanksgiving.
Samra Vithlani

Sophomore
City: Chino Hills, CA
Major: Computer Science/Business
Minor: Entertainment Industry
Fun Fact: I have hitchhiked three times in the middle of Puerto Rico.
Alejandra Villanueva

Sophomore
Major: Theatre (BFA, Acting)
City: San Diego, CA
Favorite USC memory: meeting my suite mates and going to the events during welcome week! Especially when I got to watch the marching band and pretend I was a Spirit Leader.
Nadia Tayebi

Sophomore
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Finance
City: San Diego, CA
Favorite USC memory: the home football game this past fall against UCLA. I truly felt like I was a part of a family and I have never experienced so much school spirit in my life!
Ashley Stephens

Junior
City: Lyndhurst, NJ
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Entertainment Industry
Favorite USC memory: Becoming a Student Ambassador at the Admission Center and part of the AC Family! Also, getting to work Admitted Students Day 2018, because that event is what made me decide to come to USC as a prospective student.
Kayvon Solaimanpour

Sophomore
Major: Computational Neuroscience
City: Los Altos, CA
Favorite USC memory: One game day, a USC alumnus gave me his season tickets so my friends and I could sit 16 rows from the field and have pregame field access! It was the best way to watch USC win a Football game!

Fun Fact: My picture is on the CollegeBoard website somewhere
Megan Seifert

Sophomore
City: Scottsdale, AZ
Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology; Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism
Favorite USC memory: standing in a circle doing a pre-show ritual before Breakthrough Hip Hop’s semester performance with my lovely teammates

Julia Schroeder

Sophomore
City: St. Paul, MN
Major: Neuroscience
Favorite USC memory: football games.
Anav Saxena

Sophomore
City: Virginia Water, UK
Major: Economics
Minor: Cinematic Arts
Cinematic Arts
Favorite USC memory: Watching Halloween (1978) at SCA for its 40th anniversary and attending a Q&A with John Carpenter afterwards
Fun Fact: Despite the fact that I grew up in England, I don't have a British accent
Anushka Sapra

Sophomore
Major: International Relations and Political Economy
Minor: Non Profits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism
City: Chandigarh, India
Favorite USC memory: Performing with my dance team at USC's Best Dance Crew in Bovard auditorium
Fun Fact: I created the perfect hot sauce at EVK by mixing equal quantities of tapatio, sriracha and ketchup
Samantha Sadoff

Sophomore
Major: Film and Television Production
Minor: Gender Studies
City: Morgan Hill, CA
Favorite USC memory: living in the Freshman Residence Halls
Joshrick Sablan

Sophomore
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Health Care Studies
City: Ewa Beach, HI
Fun Fact: I can jump into a split!
Mark Rossi

Sophomore
Major: Political Science; Economics
Minor: Organizational Leadership and Management
City: Highland, CA
Favorite USC memory: Sitting front row during one of the football games and being able to see our football team win a close game!
Anna Podkowski

Sophomore
Major: NGOs & Social Change; Environmental Studies
Minor: International Relations; French
City: Western Springs, IL
Fun Fact: I have a running list of foods I eat that I think belong in a fantasy novel setting (live sea urchin, etc).
Michael Peart

Junior
Major: Computer Science
Minor: English
City: Crownsville, MD
Favorite USC memory: completing my 1st Full Tandem Tour with Lauren Bickford in the rain
Fun Fact: I used to sit in the cockpit and turn on F-18's for a living!
Noelle Pardo

Junior
Major: Environmental Science & Health
Minor: Occupational Science
City: Bakersfield, CA
Favorite USC memory: After USC won the Rose Bowl, JetBlue was giving out a few free plane tickets to celebrate. While walking around campus, my roommate and I won those tickets and went to New York together for spring break!
Fun Fact: During my freshman year, Kerri Walsh came up to me and said hi while on campus!
Valeria Ortiz

Sophomore
Major: International Relations
Minor: Latin American Studies
City: El Mirage, AZ
Fun Fact: When I was a kid I watched the movie Indiana Jones and immediately wanted to become an archaeologist.
Juliette Mutale

Junior
Major: Communication
Minor: Entertainment Industry
City: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: I've lived on 2 continents, in 3 states and in 13 different houses!
McCrae Mower

Sophomore
City: Rogers, AR
Major: Human Development and Aging
Favorite USC memory: Starting every game day off with chocolate chip pancakes! Fight on Trojans!
Fun Fact: I have moved ten times between four different states.
Katherine Montes

Sophomore
Major: Theatre
Minor: Cinematic Arts; Marketing
City: Altadena, CA
Fun Fact: I watched all the Fast and the Furious movies in two days. It was quick, but I probably could have been more angry while doing so.
Catharine Malzahn

Sophomore
Major: Jounalism
Minor: Business Law
City: Corona del Mar, CA
Favorite USC memory: Meeting and interviewing Jane the Virgin's Justin Baldoni for an article I was writing for Neon at the Annenberg Media Center.
Ellory Longdon

Sophomore
Major: Human Biology; Spanish
Minor: Health Care Studies
City: Vernon Hills, IL
Favorite USC memory: Becoming best friends with my roommate and other amazing people on my freshman year floor through lots of movie nights, late night conversations, and trips out to explore LA.
Fun Fact: I've driven from Chicago to Oregon, Montana, Florida, Boston, and DC--my family loves road trips!
Jacob Lester

Junior
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Psychology, International Relations
City: Overland Park, KS
Favorite USC memory: AC Retreat and visiting a hippie commune in the desert while on a Peaks and Professors camping trip.
Sophia Lechner

Sophomore
Major: Public Relations
Minor: International Relations; Italian
City: Novato, CA
Favorite USC memory: Joining the Admission Center because I have met my closest friends and found a community on campus that has made USC so much smaller and intimate. I think one of the highlights was on my first tour when a family came up to me afterwards and said if their son came to USC, it would be because of my tour. Being able to have an impact on people's lives is so special and what makes this job so unique. The people I work with are some of the most talented at USC, and we have made connections that I know will last a lifetime.
Lauren Klass

Sophomore
Major: Economics
Minor: Marketing
City: Palo Alto, CA
Fun Fact: I speak four languages.
Cole Keefer

Junior
Major: Political Science
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Manhattan Beach, CA
Favorite USC memory: my first ever football game day!
Justin Kawaguchi

Sophomore
Major: Global Health
Minor: Consumer Behavior
City: Newbury Park, CA
Favorite USC memory: attending APASA Night Market
Fun Fact: Through the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA), I met Hasan Minhaj and Jon Chu after they came to speak on campus!
Erica Johnson

Sophomore
Major: Sociology
Minor: Cultural Anthropology
City: Fremont, CA
Favorite USC memory: attending my first home football game.
Danielle Jaramillo

Sophomore
Major: Theatre; NGOs and Social Change
Minor: Music Industry
City: Boyle Heights, CA
Fun Fact: I attribute my excellent technique of walking backwards to the fact that I only walked on my tip-toes for the first 4 years of my life.
Natasha Hunter

Junior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Dance
City: Warren, NJ
Favorite USC memory: watching 10 Things I Hate About You on the lawn of my sorority with my friends
Fun Fact: I met my best friend in a GE course called "Ghost Stories" my freshman year at USC!
Isa Hoban

Sophomore
Major: Political Science
Minor: Computer Science
City: Grand Rapids, MI
Fun Fact: I have a blackbelt in karate!
Victoria Friend

Sophomore
Major: English
Minor: Spanish
City: Seattle, WA
Favorite USC memory: Not a memory necessarily, but it still feels surreal to walk through this campus. I am in absolute awe that I got in here and managed to be lucky enough to be living and studying and working here.
Julianne Fong

Sophomore
Major: Environmental Studies; Business
City: Burlingame, CA
Fun Fact: I was once filmed in the studio audience for a So You Think You Can Dance episode, standing right next to Cat Deeley! I was entirely starstruck!
Max Davis

Junior
Major: Communication
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Westlake Village, CA
Fun Fact: My twin brother and I used to be child actors and landed a short film where I kill him at the end of it. Don't worry, there are no hard feelings between us!
Jake Davis

Junior
Major: Communication
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Westlake Village, CA
Favorite USC memory: joining my fraternity and having a strong support system.
Paige Creason

Sophomore
Major: Psychology
City: Newbury Park, CA
Favorite USC memory: My mom and grandpa followed around the photographer for parent's weekend all day in hopes they would be featured in the next year's flier. A couple weeks later my mom forwarded me the flier announcing the dates for parents weekend the following year..... Sure enough she and my grandpa are on the front cover obnoxiously decked out in their USC gear!
Sara Collins

Sophomore
Major: Communication
Minor: Marketing; Media Economics & Entrepreneurship
City: San Marino, CA
Favorite USC memory: When I attended the 2017 Rose Bowl and watched USC beat Penn State in the last 40 seconds of the game.
Cielo Chavez

Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Dance
City: San Diego, CA
Favorite USC memory: attending Spring Fest.

Alicia Burrell

Junior
Major: Sociology
Minor: Psychology and Law; Performing Arts Studies
City: Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite USC memory: My first semester, my roommates and I drove all over LA to find the best mozarella sticks! They have been my best friends ever since!
Fun Fact: I know American Sign Language!
Jack Bekos

Sophomore
Major: International Relations, Spanish
City: Milwaukee, WI
Favorite USC memory: meeting all the people.
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister!
Jackson Barrett

Sophomore
City: Redwood City, CA
Major: Computational Neuroscience
Fun Fact: I walked onto USC's D1 Volleyball team and played for a year!
Jessica Au

Sophomore
Major: Business
City:Diamond Bar, CA
Fun Fact: I'm the oldest of three siblings and 19 cousins.
Celeste Arellano

Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish; Forensics and Criminality
City: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite USC memory: Walking down Trousdale on my first game day and meeting so many alumni still celebrating their Trojan Family!
Holly Cronin

Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Music Industry
City: Westlake Village, CA
Favorite USC memory: putting on my final concert for my Concert Promotion and Production class.
Random Fact: I have to wash my hands before I can soundly go to sleep.
Chris Dennis

Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Dance
City: Houston, TX
Random Fact: I like doing crosswords.
Isaac Lemus

Junior
Major: Urban Studies & Planning
Minor: Architecture, Spanish, Music Production
City: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite USC memory: Studying abroad in Bilbao, Spain, has been one of the most formative experiences of my life!
Fun Fact: My family has lived in the San Fernando Valley since 1867!
Brian Loh

Senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
City: Phoenix, AZ
Random Fact: I love metal working which is something I was introduced to here at USC Roski! Also, I currently live with Jack and Garret!
Jarod Majeika

Junior
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
Minor: Screenwriting
City: West Kingston, RI
Favorite USC memory: Going to the Hollywood Bowl with two friends to see the world premiere of Jane, a documentary about Jane Goodall, with a live orchestra and a speech from Jane herself.
Random Fact: I've been to Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.
Clifton Martin

Senior
Major: International Relations
Minor: French
City: Nashville, TN
Favorite USC memory: After transferring schools, I was so worried about finding my niche and place at the university, and my favorite memory was realizing in my first few weeks that USC is indeed my forever home that will welcome anyone and everyone with open arms.
Random Fact: My lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer is attributed to Elle Woods and the movie Legally Blonde.
Amelia Montooth

Senior
Major: International Relations Global Business
Minor: Consumer Behavior
City: Scottsdale, AZ
Random Fact: I've broken the same wrist four times.
Garrett Nance

Junior
Major: Political Science
Minor: Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence; Comedy
City: Modesto, CA
Favorite USC memory: a collection of little moments -- fun nights with close friends, various walks around campus, finding a community through my job.
Random Fact: My friends call me Grt! (and you can too, I guess)
Joshua Smith

Junior
Major: Music Industry
Minor: Music Production
City: San Jose, CA
Random Fact: I once slept for 42 consecutive hours...
Madi Boll

Junior
Major: Mandarin, Film and Television Production
City: Shanghai, China
Favorite USC memory: My favorite USC memory was when my Dad came all the way to LA for Trojan Family Weekend.
Random Fact: I have abnormally tiny hand!
Fun Fact: I will happily spend a full day singing and playing my guitar.
Samuel Burton

Junior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: American Studies and Ethnicity
City: Leeds, England
Favorite USC memory: strolling around campus late at night with the best people at USC
Random Fact: I like to carry Splenda around in my back pocket for tea-related emergencies.
Trevor Chong

Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Business Finance; Information Technology and Programs Specialization in Innovation: The Digital Entrepreneur
City: San Francisco, CA
Favorite USC memory: making dinner with friends!
Random Fact: I auditioned for Russel in the Pixar movie, "Up" when I was 9 years old.
Cristyn Dang

Senior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Dance
City: Honolulu, HI
Favorite USC memory: performing in West Side Story!
Random Fact: I helped to coordinate a flash mob for my high school class for our graduation ceremony, complete with individual glow in the dark beach balls that collectively spelled out "2015".
Hanna Fahsholtz

Senior
Major: International Relations Global Business
Minor: Thematic Approaches to Humanities and Society
City: Spokane, WA
Random Fact: I love to dance (one of my favorite courses I've taken at USC so far has been the Kaufman introductory hip hop class)!
Whitney Giroux

Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Popular Music Studies; Music Industry
City: Evanston, IL
Favorite USC memory: my music industry class.
Random Fact: I play the trumpet, euphonium, and I sing!
Samantha Hardy

Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Forensics & Criminality; Performance Studies
City: Sierra Madre, CA
Favorite USC memory: This past May, I spent three and a half weeks in New York City studying death and gender alongside twelve other USC students and my favorite professor. We toured cemeteries and crematoriums while discussing burial practices with funeral directors and museum curators... it truly was a trip to die for!
Fun Fact: I started a balloon twisting business when I was nine years old and have worked over 125 birthday parties and philanthropic events. The hardest creation to make? A Harley Davidson motorcycle!
Jonathan Horwitz

Senior
Major: Political Economy
Minor: Spanish; Statistics; Urban Studies and Planning
City: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite USC memory: attending a Problems Without Passports in Spain.
Random Fact: I have an established semi-professional Internet Scrabble rating.
Collin Johnson

Senior
Major: Law, History and Culture
City: Danville, CA
Favorite USC memory: every minute with people in the AC.
Random Fact: I had my IQ tested when I was 10, and the results were inconclusive.
Noah Kim

Senior
Major: Narrative Studies; Public Relations
City: Brookfield, WI
Favorite USC memory: Four of my best friends and I scored super cheap tickets to visit our best friend and RA from freshman year who was studying abroad in The Netherlands. It was the busiest, most sleep-deprived 6 days of my life and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Fun Fact: I spent the summer after freshman year doing manual labor in a quarry and I never want to look at rocks again!
Corinne Kneizys

Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Media Policy and Law
City: Philadelphia, PA
Random Fact: During high school I studied abroad in Australia.
Nisha Malhotra

Senior
Major: Narrative Studies
Minor: Screenwriting and Cinematic Arts
City: Glendale, CA
Favorite USC memory: honestly, have a lot of them. But getting into the AC is one of my favorites.
Random Fact: I am somewhere in the digital version of the Harry Potter interactive books on iTunes. I talk about female role models and it's great.
Daniel McCormick

Senior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Public Relations
City: Alameda, CA
Favorite USC memory: the first football game, sunsets on campus with friends
Random Fact: Trader Joe's is my safe haven.
Mackenzie Mott

Senior
Major: International Relations Global Business; Political Economics
Minor: Finance
City: Houston, TX
Random Fact: When I was in elementary school, my parents entered me in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to compete in the Junior and Adult Division to show llamas. I am now a three time Grand Champion and have trophies and ribbons to prove it!
Christine Park

Junior
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Public Relations
City: Orange, CA
Favorite USC memory: dancing with my best friends to Tusk after we beat UCLA !!!
Random Fact: I finished the entire first season of Grey's Anatomy in one day.
Ashley Sacks

Senior
Major: Health and Human Sciences
Minor: Health Care Studies
City: Calabasas, CA
Random Fact: I worked on an ambulance in Israel during my gap year!
Danielle (Dani) Toda

Senior
Major: Communication
Major: Music Industry and Marketing
City: Honolulu, HI
Random Fact: I LOVE popcorn. I have a popcorn machine and literally eat popcorn everyday.
Kurt Weatherford

Junior
Major: International Relations; Political Economy
Minor: Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence
City: St. Louis, MO
Favorite USC memory: This past summer I was lucky enough to travel to Cuba, the UK, and Greece while taking part in USC summer programs!
Random Fact: I was once ranked higher than actual president Bill Clinton in the US Government section of the QuizUp app. I have screenshots to prove it.
Jenny Zhu

Junior
Major: Economics
Minor: Business Finance & Consumer Behavior
City: Singapore, a country (and also a city)
Random Fact: I hate cardio but I like playing basketball and walking backwards to keep in shape.
Kyra Brown

Senior
Major: Media Arts and Practice
Minor: Screenwriting
City: Boston, MA
Random Fact: I'm an amateur stand-up comedian
Jack Cagney

Junior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Minor: Public Health
City: Allendale, NJ
Random Fact: I'm on a book cover that my uncle designed!
Kali DeCambra

Senior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: International Relations
City: Diamond Bar, CA
Random Fact: I have had a Disneyland annual pass my whole life!
Ellie Feinerman

Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Cinematic arts
City: Irvine, CA
Fun Fact: My real name is not Ellie! My kindergarten teacher gave me the nickname 17 years ago and it's stuck ever since.
Fun Fact: My real name isn't Ellie! Shocker! My kindergarten teacher gave me the nickname 14 years ago and it has stuck ever since!

Favorite USC Memory: Seeing some of my idols speak at Bovard! My freshman year I got to see USC alum Shonda Rhimes who has been a great inspiration to me as someone who wants to work in the entertainment industry. This year I saw two of the stars of Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness and Karamo Brown, speak at Bovard and they were so inspiring and had incredible advice for us young adults.
Estefania Gonzalez

Senior
Major: NGOs and Social Change
City: Colton, CA
Favorite USC memories: In my second week of school at USC I got to see my favorite poet, Rupi Kaur perform at Bovard. A couple months later got to see my favorite actress/activist speak at USC-- the one and only GINA Rodriguez.
Random Fact: I've gone to get fingerprinting done for a volunteer opportunity, the place told me that they can't find my fingerprints...

Fun Fact: I took a coffee engineering class.
Angela Juarez

Junior
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Occupational Science
City: South Los Angeles
Random Fact: My favorite movie is Mulan!
Rachel Krusenoski

Senior
Major: Urban Studies & Planning
Minor: Environmental Studies
City: Downers Grove (Chicago), IL
Favorite USC memory: Studying abroad with USC in Paris!
Fun Fact: I have been to 48 out of 50 of the United States.
Kai MacLean

Junior
Major: Global Health & Political Science
City: Winchester, MA
Favorite USC memory: Moving into my freshman residence hall, Birnkrant, because that was the day that I distinctly remember meeting the people who became my best friends.
Random Fact: My brother and I were once models for the Boston Red Sox and were featured on their website!
Elsa Mann

Junior
Major: Real Estate Development
Minor: Business Law
City: Pasadena, CA
Random Fact: I sit on a pillow when I drive because I'm too short to completely see over the dashboard.
Simone Munajj

Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Technology Commercialization
City: Houston, TX
Favorite USC memory: When my mom, aunt, and cousin came to visit me and I got the opportunity to show them around the best parts of LA which included a date at my favorite brunch place, a taping of Bill Maher, a trip to Malibu beach, and a personalized tour of campus.
Random Fact: I entered myself into a spelling bee my freshman year, for fun, and won first place.
Gabrielle Rosser

Senior
Major: Theatre BA (acting emphasis)
Minor: Psychology and Law
City: Milton, GA
Random Fact: I was a competitive cheerleader for five years.
Amanat Singh

Senior
Major: Public Policy and Law
Minor: Painting
City: Fullerton, CA
Favorite USC memory: My first Admitted Students day! It was amazing to be on the other side of the admissions process and to help students make their college decisions.
Random Fact: I'm really good at untangling things.
Aviana Spruill

Junior
Major: Environmental Engineering
City: Durham, NC
Random Fact: I love cooking and trying out new recipes.
Martin Torres

Senior
Major: Cinema & Media Studies and Communication
City: Chicago, IL
Random Fact: I've seen every episode of America's Next Top Model and can talk about every single episode, season, and photo shoots. My dream growing up was to partake in the Guys vs. Girls cycle.
Anna Volkmann

Senior
Major: Health and Human Sciences
Minor: Forensics and Criminality and Business
City: Suburbs of Chicago
Random Fact: I have been stung by a jellyfish.
Nicolas Zhou

Junior
Major: Business Cinematic Arts
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Diamond Bar, CA
Random Fact: I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina!