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December 17, 2013

And Finally… New Student Blogger Katherine Grabar!


          Hi there! My name is Katherine Grabar. I am a junior at USC, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Critical Approaches to Leadership. I come from a “house divided” in Coto de Caza, California where my mother graduated from USC and my father graduated from UCLA. However, I had more than just my mother rooting for me to attend USC– her brother (my uncle) came here as well, and my great-great uncle played football for the Trojans back in the 1930s. When I gained admittance to both USC and UCLA, the choice was tough at first, but I quickly realized that USC was the right place for me. I chose USC for the close-knit feel I got on campus, the pride students had in being students at USC, the Trojan Family, and the feeling of home the campus gave.

          Since then, I have developed so many other reasons for loving USC. The classes and professors have been of the highest caliber, and have also been very diverse so I am able to explore all of my interests. The involvement opportunities have been plentiful. In two and a half years of being a USC student, I have served in Undergraduate Student Government, joined a sorority and served on its executive board, been elected President of the Panhellenic Council, had three different internships, became an Orientation Advisor, and loved life as a student. I honestly could not be happier with my experience thus far, and it isn’t over yet!

          Being in Los Angeles is the ideal place for me. I feel like I am in my own little bubble at USC but I am also comfortable going out and exploring LA. Whether I am trying a new restaurant downtown, or visiting the Natural History Museum, there is so much to do right around campus. When I am feeling really adventurous, I will drive to Koreatown or Griffith Observatory to get Korean BBQ or hike to the Hollywood sign. USC broadens my horizons as a student, but Los Angeles broadens my horizons as an individual.

          My most rewarding experience as a USC student, though, has been my job as an Orientation Advisor this past summer. I have had the pleasure of welcoming the newest members of the Trojan Family to campus. Every orientation session, I worked to mentor students just as my OA had done for me. I hoped every single one of my students would come away from orientation with a similar love and excitement for USC like I had. Through all my discussions and interactions, I emphasized my willingness to support my orientees in any way possible. I am fortunate enough to have these relationships continue past orientation and the summer and last well into the school year. This bond exemplifies our student body, USC, and the Trojan Family.

          My time as an Orientation Advisor, all my involvement opportunities, every class, the internships I held, the friends I have made, and the experience I have had thus far assures me that I made the right choice in joining the University of Southern California Class of 2015. Fight on!

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