As a follow-up to a blog post that was published this past fall, the Office of Admission wanted to spotlight even more of the amazing clubs and organizations that comprise campus life here at USC. Check out these diverse on-campus opportunities along with many, many more that enable Trojans to get involved, develop leadership skills and make an impact on the USC community.
Ursula Collins-Laine (Junior), Seattle, WA, Cinema and Media Studies and East Asian Area Studies (Majors)
The Juggling Club at USC provides a calming, yet challenging, outlet to reduce stress and gain new skills. Juggling connects people across social groups and disciplines in ways not many activities can with our group membership, which draws from all parts of the USC community. The club is open to all levels of experience from complete beginners who have never tried to juggle before to semi-professional performers. I personally joined the Juggling Club because I had been active in the circus community during high school and the Juggling Club was a way for me to stay connected even loosely to that community.
Cristyn Dang (Senior), Honolulu, HI, Psychology (Major), Dance (Minor), Global Medicine (Masters)
Troy Camp is one of USC’s oldest and largest student-run philanthropic organizations. We are a long-term mentorship program for elementary, middle, and high school students living in the South Los Angeles area. The Troy Camp journey begins in elementary school, where students can receive tutoring and participate in extracurricular activities such as dance, sports, and STEM workshops. In middle school, students may participate in Leaders in Training, a mentorship program focused on developing healthy study habits and leadership skills. Students then move on to TC Leads, a program designed for high school students, which offers tutoring and workshops on pursuing their passions and higher education. In the summer, we host a weeklong summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains for 200 elementary school students, who we then invite back the following year for monthly excursions, including Disneyland, the aquarium, and a sleepover. I knew I wanted to join Troy Camp because of the direct impact we can have on the community directly surrounding USC and my experience in the organization has been nothing short of incredible. The kids we get to mentor are so eager to learn and participate, and it is heartwarming to see them grow, become more confident in themselves, make new friends, and experience things they have never done before. Learn more on Instagram (@usctroycamp) and Facebook.
Mirabella Vallejo (Senior), Louisville, KY, International Relations (Global Business) (Major), Spanish (Minor)
Founded in 2006, Break Through Hip Hop is an entirely student-run, performance-based dance team. Composed of more than 30 versatile dancers, we work towards putting on a unique showcase each semester featuring student choreography and guest performances from the USC community! As a senior reflecting back on my time at USC, I am lucky to have called this team my home and family for the past four years, and I wish I could be on it for four more! Break Through Hip Hop has allowed me to continue exploring my love for the art of dance with so many talented and dynamic individuals that share that same passion, while also forming friendships that I know will be with me long after I graduate from USC. #BTLOVE [Instagram (@bthiphop)/Facebook/YouTube]
Kai MacLean (Junior), Winchester, MA, Global Health and Political Science (Majors)
Did you know that USC has over 80 different religious organizations on campus, which is one of the highest numbers amongst universities across the country? I certainly did not, but after almost three years as a student, I have become very grateful for this because of my involvement with InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship (IVTCF). I have identified as a Christian my entire life and, coming into college, I was looking for a community where I could both practice and grow my faith. Through weekly large groups, bible studies, and off-campus retreats (to places like Catalina Island), InterVarsity has become my safe place where I always feel loved, supported, and accepted. These are the people who are always willing to get late-night tacos from Avenue 26, play heated games of Egyptian War or Exploding Kittens, or to just stay up with you until early in the morning discussing life and its challenges. While we are a Christian organization, we welcome everyone, regardless of what you believe or where you might be on your faith journey. I am so grateful that USC is a school where many different faiths are represented through all of our religious organizations, and whether that be InterVarsity or another group, I assure you that you will be able to find a wonderful spiritual home on campus that gives you as much joy as IVTCF has brought me. Find out more on Twitter (@ivtcf) or Facebook!
Garrett Nance (Junior), Modesto, CA, Political Science (Major)
The Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics engages in multidisciplinary conversations through speaker series, volunteer opportunities, research publications, consortiums at Oxford University, and more. In this effort, it seeks to progress our understanding of human rights, local and global ethics, and moral reflection, in hopes that students make a positive contribution to their community and world. From examining medical ethics to hosting a live performance by actors from the Medea Project for Incarcerated Women, each event explores perspectives and ideas that help us challenge the status quo. I joined after one of my close friends encouraged me to attend a program, and ever since, I have been inspired to increase awareness of human rights language and make it more accessible to USC students and the American public. Moreover, thanks to Levan, I have been to the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights In and After Conflict, a weeklong seminar that introduced me to the complexities of human rights protections in war and conflict. As a Fellow, I now help oversee and create programs to capture students’ attention through meaningful, timely dialogues.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of these organizations if you are interested in learning more or getting involved!