Senior Assistant Director
B.A. English Literature
University of Michigan
Southwestern Law School
California – West San Gabriel Valley
Hello out there! My name is Hillary Higgins and I am so excited to be a part of the USC Admission Blog. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and I truly believe this is one of the best cities in the world. Although I did not attend USC for college, I am extremely proud to be working on such a vibrant and exciting campus. After working as an education lawyer for two years, I decided to transition into direct education. Now I get to advocate for students from all over the country and help them on their journey through the college admission process. In my free time I love to try to new restaurants in different parts of LA, hang out with my nieces and nephews (who are obviously the cutest kids ever,) and binge watch old episodes of Friday Night Lights (I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it.)
New Jersey – Southern Counties, Middlesex & Monmouth Counties
Hello everyone! My name is Brittany Baker-Brousseau, and this my second year working for USC. As an English major who has worked with college applicants in a variety of contexts, I’m thrilled to be joining the admission blog team! In addition to writing quips only I think are funny, I enjoy baking, hiking, dancing, and pretending I’m well-read. I have spent about a third of my life on the East Coast and love exploring my territories in the mid-Atlantic. As a SoCal native, however, I am always happy to come back home to our sunshine and succulents!
B.A. Print and Digital Journalism
University of Southern California
California – Santa Ana area
As a former journalism student and an aspiring author, I like words. I’m looking forward to spending far more time than seems reasonable in providing you lovely readers with some zesty stories. As a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication and the son of a USC alumnus, the spirit of Troy has flowed through my veins at a steady rate since I was but a wee lad, cheering on Pete Carroll and the Trojan football team in a USC jersey that fell to my knees. The Trojan Family has had a significant impact on my life, and the opportunity I’ve had to connect with students and their families during my past few years working as a USC Admission Counselor is truly an honor. Along with the joy I find in advocating for my students, my life revolves around the ever-intriguing drama of the NBA, the long wait for the new season of Game of Thrones, and my continued search to find the best fish tacos in Los Angeles.
M.Ed., Student Affairs
University of California, Los Angeles
Ed.S. School Psychology
University of Washington
California – East San Fernando Valley, Campbell Hall
Hi all! My name is Jaclyn Robbin and I am the newest member of the USC Admission Blog. I’m a native San Diegan who spent some time in (gray, though not as rainy as you might think) Seattle, WA before moving back to beautiful Southern California! For the last few years, I worked as a school psychologist in public high schools, where I worked to identify and find supports for students with disabilities. Ultimately, my passions for higher education and educational access inspired me to make the transition to working in undergraduate admissions. My favorite parts of this job include helping students understand and navigate the application process, learning about the communities and territories I work with, and being overwhelmingly impressed by the unique perspectives, strengths and triumphs of our applicants. Outside of work, I love reading, exploring Los Angeles, finding new sushi or Mexican restaurants to try, and watching that “Law & Order” episode that I’ve probably already seen 15 times (though I’ll still be surprised by the outcomes of the investigation and subsequent trial).