Meet Us: Student Ambassadors

Adenike Makinde

Sophomore
Major: Real Estate Development
Minor: Disruptive Innovation
City: Atlanta, GA
Fun Fact: I collect cowboy hats.
Adrika Yousuf

Sophomore
Major: Economics Mathematics
Minor: Psychology
City: Santa Clara, CA
Alejandra Villanueva

Junior
Major: Theatre (BFA, Acting)
City: San Diego, CA
Alex Day

Junior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Culture, Media, and Entertainment
City: Raleigh, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I am the first person in my family to attend college outside of the Southeast!
Alex Ibrahim

Junior
Major: Economics Mathematics
Minor: Psychology
City: Las Vegas, NV
Fun Fact: I was a competitive gymnast for 10 years!
Alexander Kriksciun

Junior
Major: Public Relations; Cinema & Media Studies
City: Vista, California
Fun Fact: I didn't know how to ride a bicycle until my sophomore year of college!
Alicia Burrell

Senior
Major: Sociology
Minor: Psychology and Law; Cinematic Arts
City: Thousand Oaks, CA
Fun Fact: I studied American Sign Language in high school!
Amber McKernan

Junior
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Substance Abuse Prevention
City: Mission Viejo, CA
Fun Fact: I play the harp!
Amy Li

Sophomore
Major: Health and Human Sciences
Minor: Cinema-Television for the Health Professions
City: Birmingham, Alabama
Fun Fact: When I was a part of a live studio audience for the Late Late Show with James Corden last semester, I got to high-five Michael B. Jordan!
Ana Lucia Rivera

Junior
Major: International Relations
Minor: Dance
City: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fun Fact: I met two of my now best friends (one is from Colombia and the other from Brazil) when I visited USC as a senior in high school!
Anav Saxena

Junior
Major: Cinema and Media Studies; Economics
City: Virginia Water, UK
Fun Fact: I once high-fived Michelle Obama.
Angela Juarez

Senior
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Occupational Science
City: South Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: My favorite movie is Mulan!
Ani Sarkisyan

Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Minor: Education and Society
City: Glendale, CA
I like driving in traffic!
Anna Podkowski

Junior
Major: Public Diplomacy; NGOs and Social Change
City: Chicago, IL
Fun Fact: I have a knack for making hyper-specific themed playlists.
Anushka Sapra

Junior
Major: Internal Relations; Political Economy; NGOs and Social Change
City: Chandigarh, India
Fun Fact: I created the perfect hot sauce at EVK by mixing equal quantities of tapatio, sriracha and ketchup.
Ashley Stephens

Senior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Entertainment Industry
City: Lyndhurst, NJ
Fun Fact: While I was abroad in Rome, I taught English at an International Pre-School (and the kids taught me some Italian too along the way)!
Aviana Spruill

Senior
Major: Environmental Engineering
City: Durham, NC
Fun Fact: I love cooking and trying out new recipes.
Bethany Yew

Senior
Major: Occupational Therapy
Minor: Musical Studies (Oboe); Organizational Leadership and Management
City: San Marino
Fun Fact: I decided to join the Trojan Marching Band, having only played flute in 4th and 5th grade. Still one of the best college decisions (ever).
Brandon Kaufman

Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Communication Design
City: Irvine, CA
Fun Fact: Both my parents went to UCLA #FightOn
Cami Robinson

Sophomore
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Law
Minor: Spanish
City: Naperville, IL
Fun Fact: I was retweeted by Zayn Malik.
Caroline Kucera

Sophomore
Major: Journalism
City: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Fun Fact: I once had a 24-hour territorial standoff with a grizzly bear in the Arctic Tundra!
Cassidy Cunningham

Junior
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: International Relations
City: Laguna Hills, CA
Fun Fact: When I was 5, I almost fell into the Grand Canyon!
Catharine Malzahn

Junior
Major: Journalism
City: Corona del Mar, CA
Fun Fact: During my freshman year here I got to interview and meet Justin Baldoni for a story I was writing for Neon, the online magazine of Annenberg!
Celeste Arellano

Senior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish; Education and Society
City: Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: I can recite the entire opening part of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland.
Chloe Miller

Sophomore
Major: Political Science; Communication
City: New Hope, PA
Fun Fact: I was named Starbucks Customer of the Week!
Christine Park

Senior
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Public Relations
City: Orange, CA
Fun Fact: My love language is making Spotify playlists!
Cielo Chavez

Junior
Major: Urban Studies and Planning
Minor: Dance
City: San Diego
Fun Fact: I have been watching WWE since I was six years old and I have been to Rey Mysterio's house.
Cole Keefer

Senior
Major: Law, History, and Culture
City: Manhattan Beach, CA
Fun Fact: I've been cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa.
Cristyn Dang

Graduate Student
Major: Global Medicine
City: Honolulu, HI
Fun Fact: I performed in USC's Spring 2018 musical, West Side Story, which Mark Hamill attended, and got to meet him afterwards!
Dani Jaramillo

Junior
Major: Theatre (Stage Management); NGOs & Social Change
Minor: Music Industry
City: Boyle Heights California
Fun Fact: I danced folklorico for 5 years!
Deegan O'Malley

Junior
Major: Business Administration
City: Arlington Heights Illinois
I've been skiing since I could walk!
Diego Dela Rosa

Sophomore
Major: Dramatic Arts; Narrative Studies
City: San Diego, CA
Fun Fact: Mark Hamill came to see the first musical I was in at USC, and he gave me a hug afterwards!
Ellory Longdon

Junior
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Spanish
City: Vernon Hills, IL
Fun Fact: One time I tripped and almost fell on top of Michael Phelps and his wife and kids while in line for Starbucks at 5am in the O'hare airport on the way to USC.
Emily Wulf

Sophomore
Major: Geodesign
City: Culver City, CA
Fun Fact: I swam in a lake with piranhas on a Geology Maymester.
Erica Johnson

Junior
Major: Sociology
Minor: French; Cultural Anthropology
City: Fremont, California
Fun Fact: I am fluent in three languages other than English, and I want to be fluent in at least three more!
Estefania Gonzalez

Graduate Student
Major: M.S. in Public Administration
City: Colton, CA
Fun Fact: I took a coffee engineering class.
Gabriela Thur de Koos

Sophomore
Major: Cinema and Media Studies
Minor: Screenwriting; Entertainment Industry
City: Bernardsville
Fun Fact: When I was 5, I ate dog food thinking it was cereal.
Garrett Nance

Senior
Major: Political Science
City: Modesto, CA
Fun Fact: I once lasted 43 minutes in a staring contest and still lost.
Hana Rosenthal

Sophomore
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Minor: Sports Media Industries
City: Newtown, CT
Fun Fact: If I'm not an Oscar-winning actress or NFL reporter, I'll be a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Harrison Weinerman

Junior
Major: Computer Science
City: Chester, NJ
I also develop apps for iOS!
Isa Hoban

Senior
Major: Political Science
City: Grand Rapids, MI
Fun Fact: I just ran my first marathon!
Isaac Lemus

Senior
Major: Urban Studies and Planning
Minor: Architecture; Spanish
City: Phoenix, Arizona
Fun Fact: My family has lived in the San Fernando Valley since 1867!
Isabel Hanewicz

Junior
Major: Cognitive Science; Spanish
City: Tampa, Florida
Fun Fact: I’ve run three half marathons and one full marathon while at USC!
Jack Bekos

Junior
Major: Business; Spanish
City: Milwaukee, WI
Fun Fact: Me and three other ambassadors toured the Washington monuments at 3 AM.
Jack Cagney

Senior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Minor: Public Health
City: Allendale, NJ
Fun Fact: I share a birthday with USC!
Jacob Lester

Senior
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: International Relations
City: Overland Park, KS
Fun Fact: My family and I once raised a gaggle of geese in our suburban backyard. We used our dog to help herd them into their pen.
Jake Davis

Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Westlake Village, CA
Fun Fact: I have an identical twin brother who goes to USC. We have the same major, minor and are involved in the same things/organizations. He is also a Student Ambassador as well!
Jake Edwards

Junior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Real Estate Development
City: Del Mar, CA
Fun Fact: I helped make a song that got to number 1 on the iTunes Charts.
Jarod Majeika

Senior
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
Minor: Screenwriting
City: West Kingston, RI
Fun Fact: My favorite 2016 film is Arrival, which is also the name of my favorite ABBA album!
Jenny Zhu

Senior
Major: Economics
Minor: Business Finance; Consumer Behavior
City: Singapore
Fun Fact: I was introduced to my favorite band, LANY, at my freshman year Welcome Week concert and have since seen them live thrice.
John McDonnell

Sophomore
Major: Real Estate Development
Minor: Business Finance
City: Palatine, IL
Fun Fact: My friend and I were extras on an NBC TV set in Doheny!
Joshrick Sablan

Senior
Major: Human Biology; Progressive M.S. Global Medicine
Minor: Health Care Studies
City: Ewa Beach, HI
Fun Fact: I can jump into a split!
Joshua Garbuio

Sophomore
Major: Undecided
City: Spokane, WA
Fun Fact: I can make pasta from scratch.
Julia Schroeder

Junior
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Global Health
City: St.Paul, Minnesota
Fun Fact: I have a big sweet tooth; I’ve eaten chocolate (mostly dark chocolate) everyday for the past 3-4 years!
Julianne Fong

Senior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: User Experience
City: Burlingame, CA
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Paris, France over a summer and had an incredible experience!
Justin Kawaguchi

Junior
Major: Global Health
Minor: Public Relations; Consumer Behavior
City: Thousand Oaks, CA
Fun Fact: I probably walk backwards on campus more than I ever walk forwards (PSA: USC is a skateboard-friendly campus!)
Kai MacLean

Senior
Major: Global Health & Political Science
City: Winchester, MA
Fun Fact: My brother and I once modeled for the Red Sox!
Kali Lee

Sophomore
Major: Civil Engineering with Environmental Emphasis
Minor: Architecture
City: Bellevue, WA
Fun Fact: I have two different thumbs (one is regular the other is a clubbed thumb).
Katherine Montes

Junior
Major: Theatre
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Altadena, CA
Fun Fact: I didn't like chocolate until I was 12!
Kayvon Solaimanpour

Junior
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Applied Computer Security
City: Los Altos, CA
Fun Fact: One game day, a USC alumnus gave me his season tickets so my family and I could sit 16 rows from the field and have access to the field before the game! It was the best way to watch USC win a Football game!
Lauren Klass

Junior
Major: Economics
Minor: Marketing
City: Palo Alto, CA
Lolei Brenot

Junior
Major: International Relations; French
Minor: Applied Computer Security
City: Monterey, CA
Fun Fact: Monterey, CA
Madison Boll

Senior
Major: Mandarin; Film & Television Production
City: Shanghai, China
Fun Fact: I will happily spend a full day singing and playing my guitar.
Mark Rossi

Junior
Major: Political Science; Economics
Minor: Organizational Leadership and Management
City: Highland, CA
Max Davis

Senior
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!
McCrae Mower

Junior
Major: Lifespan Health
City: Rogers, Arkansas
Fun Fact: I have run two marathons and I am currently training for the Los Angeles Marathon in 2020.
Megan Seifert

Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Occupational Science; Dance
City: Scottsdale
Fun Fact: I am currently training to be a certified yoga instructor!
Mia Speier

Sophomore
Major: International Relations
Minor: Law and Public Policy
City: Los Angeles, California
Fun Fact: I was a competitive debater in high school and placed in the top 8 in the USA! This basically meant I talked way too much and way too fast.
Min Ju Kang

Sophomore
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
City: Valencia, CA
Fun Fact: My favorite vegetable is a sweet potato.
Mwamba Juliette Mutale

Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Entertainment Industry
City: Dallas
Fun Fact: I’ve lived on 3 continents, 3 states, and something like 10+ houses!
Nadia Tayebi

Junior
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Finance
City: San Diego
Fun Fact: I love watching soccer and my favorite team is Liverpool.
Natasha Hunter

Senior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: Dance
City: Warren, NJ
Fun Fact: Warren, NJ
Nayeli Castillo

Sophomore
Major: Public Policy
City: Fresno, CA
Fun Fact: I was an extra for a skit in The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Nick Bortolon

Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Disruptive Innovation
City: Alamo, CA
Fun Fact: I am a citizen of both the USA and Italy!
Nicolas Zhou

Senior
Major: Business Cinematic Arts
City: Diamond Bar, CA
Fun Fact: I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
Nikki Walker

Junior
Major: Journalism
Minor: Marketing
City: Palos Verdes
Fun Fact: I currently produce Annenberg's nighly newscast, Annenberg TV News and See it Live. I hope to produce a similar newscast someday in the Big Apple.
Noelle Pardo

Senior
Major: Environmental Science and Health
Minor: Occupational Science
City: Bakersfield
Fun Fact: 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!
Noonie McCann

Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Cinematic Arts
City: Mercer Island, WA
Fun Fact: I've broken both my legs, both my arms, and once had to get stitches in my head because I ran into a pole.
Paige Creason

Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Public Relations
City: Thousand Oaks
Fun Fact: The Daily Trojan is the reason for my existence! When my mom was attending USC, she saw an ad in the Daily Trojan for a job opening at a summer camp. She applied, got the job, and that's where she met my dad!
Priya Kumar

Sophomore
Major: Intelligence and Cyber Operations
Minor: Media and Social Change
City: Apple Valley, MN
Fun Fact: I started a pickleball club in high school!
Rachel Sanchez

Sophomore
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Law
Minor: Spanish; Education and Society
City: Pleasanton, CA
Fun Fact: I am really scared of dolphins... they're TOO smart.
Robert Bacon

Junior
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Minor: East Asian Languages and Culture: Emphasis Korean
City: Baltimore , MD
Fun Fact: I’m a huge K-pop fan. I love it so much I started to teach myself Korean so I could understand the lyrics.
Samantha Sadoff

Senior
Major: Film and Television Production
Minor: Gender Studies
City: Morgan Hill, CA
Fun Fact: I'm an avid collector of Kazoo's!
Samra Vithlani

Junior
Major: Intelligence and Cyber Operations
Minor: Business
City: Chino Hills
Fun Fact: I have hitchhiked three times in Puerto Rico.
Samuel Burton

Senior
Major: Business Administration
Minor: American Studies and Ethnicity
City: Addingham, England
Fun Fact: I cut off 10 inches of my hair during my Sophomore year.
Sara Collins

Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Marketing
City: San Marino, CA
Fun Fact: I am the oldest of four girls!
Sarah Voss

Senior
Major: Communication
City: Seattle
Fun Fact: I like to wear my turkey costume to LAX for Thanksgiving-festive and fun!
Simone Munajj

Senior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Technology Commercialization
City: Houston
Fun Fact: My family is the only group of people in the world with our last name.
Sophia Lechner

Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: International Relations; Italian
City: Novato
Fun Fact: I am a triplet! My siblings and I went to different high schools and are all over the country now.
Sydney Loew

Sophomore
Major: Iovine and Young Academy
Minor: Comedy
City: Palo Alto, California
Fun Fact: I run a stuffed animal company!
Valeria Ortiz

Junior
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.
Valerie Gutierrez

Junior
Major: Human Biology
City: Granada Hills
Fun Fact: I have over 50 first-cousins!
Victoria Friend

Junior
Major: English
Minor: Spanish
City: Sammamish, WA
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother who’s also at USC! His name is Owen, and he’s in the Marshall School of Business.
Whitney Giroux

Senior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Music Industry; Popular Music Studies
City: Evanston, IL
Fun 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!
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.
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.