TJ King

Assistant Director

B.A. Sociology
University of California, Davis 

M.A. Sport Management
University of San Francisco  


Originally from Oakland, California, I’m just making my journey through the Best Coast. Excuse me, I mean West Coast! I studied sociology at UC Davis in undergrad, while also competing as a wide receiver on the football team. After that, I attended the University of San Francisco, where I obtained a Master of Arts in Sport Management. My experiences as a student-athlete have been very fruitful. I was able to use football as a vehicle to a pathway that many don’t see possible. I want to continue to shed light on different avenues that students can take to help reach their educational goals. I’ve worked all throughout the realm of education, from nonprofits, community-based organizations, high school and higher ed. I look to bring my authentic self to any role that I’m in, to meet students exactly where they’re at.   

Why USC? 

USC has always been a cherished destination for me. I attended a football camp here when I was 16 and fell in love with the campus on sight. I knew my path would lead me back here eventually. Living in L.A. is luxury enough, but what draws me to USC is the diversity of students and expectations of excellence. It’s an ideal place to be, no matter what interests you or where your passions may lie. Campus is full of go-getters, people who you know will change the world one day. That energy is palpable as you walk around campus, and I’m glad to soak it up—and hopefully contribute to it.   

Admission Advice 

This may feel like the most important time in your life so far, and it very well may be, but I’m a firm believer that you’ll end up right where you need to be. Be as authentic and organic as possible in trying to appeal to any institution, because that will lead you closer to that “perfect” match. Relax. Take a deep breath. Try to enjoy every step of the way!   

Musical Artists: Jermaine Cole, Summer Walker, Kalan.FrFr
TV Shows:Boondocks, Game of Thrones, Insecure
Book:Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

Quote:“You go fast, you don’t last. You go slow, you get Mo’.”— Terry King