Pablo Cruz

Assistant Director

B.A. History
University of California, Berkeley

M. Ed. Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs
University of Southern California



Growing up in the city of Anaheim, I quickly became a huge sports fan. Whether it was attending baseball games with my family, cheering on USC and the Lakers on TV, or hearing my dad scream at football players, I knew that sports were a big part of my life. Through my upbringing, I became really inspired by the “Mamba Mentality” and began to challenge myself both academically and mentally. As a result, I became a Gates Scholar and was able to graduate from UC Berkeley on a full ride. After finally realizing that I had a passion for education, I decided to further expand my knowledge and earned a master’s degree from USC. Although the journey to get here has not been easy, I am grateful to be part of the Trojan Family and to continue helping scholars achieve their dreams. Fight On!


Why USC?

USC is truly one of a kind. Being in the heart of LA, USC offers so many unimaginable opportunities, both on and off the campus. Whether you want to explore the city of LA, attend sporting events, or enjoy nature, there is something for everyone. However, what makes USC special is the sense of community and school pride. This is especially true after you graduate from USC and become part of the Trojan Family.


Admission Advice:

The application process is a very stressful time, but you should use this as an opportunity to reflect on your personal journey and talk about your story, and what you hope to accomplish in the next chapter of your life. The best thing to do is be yourself and trust that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. Don’t be afraid to reach for the stars.

Movie:Interstellar, Inception, The Great Gatsby
TV Show:The Office, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones
Book:Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Quote:“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. —Wayne Gretzky.” —Michael Scott