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March 13, 2013

Introducing…Jackie Molina

         Hi! My name is Jackie Molina and I’m a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering here at USC. I’m originally from Pasadena, California, which is only about 15 miles away from campus.

         At USC, I’ve been very lucky to be involved in a variety of organizations outside of the classroom. First, I’m a tour guide for the USC Admission Center, which means that I speak to prospective students and their families about USC while I show them around campus. I’m also in a Panhellenic Sorority and involved in a club called Engineers Without Borders. Just recently, I have joined a research project in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory. Finally, I am a Latino Alumni Association scholar and am involved in the Center for Engineering Diversity. In the past, I have been ivolved in Joint Educational Project as a tutor for 3rd grade students in math and reading fluency at Vermont Elementary School.

         The most common question I get as a student is why I chose USC. Since birth, I always knew how amazing the school was because my parents attended USC as well as many other members of my family. However, it wasn’t until I took my first official tour and stepped on campus that I really felt at home. At other universities, I never met students who loved their school as much as USC students did. I was sure that at USC I would be able to have an outstanding education while also having an amazing overall college experience. At USC, there are opportunities for everyone and that is truly why I love it here!

Fight On!

Quick Takes

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Diligent, and Cheerful

Favorite Food: Mac n Cheese

Favorite fictional character: Seth Cohen from the O.C.

Greatest Invention of all time: The Internet

What do you like to do for fun? Play sports and go to Trojan Football games

Role Model: My parents

Favorite Book:  Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Best Movie of all time: Forrest Gump

Favorite music performer/band, or composer: Beyoncé

Dream Job: Food Critic because I would get to travel around the world and taste delicious food!


  1. Stanley says:


    This question is for my daughter who is seeking a career in medical fields. I might guess wrong: assuming you are also pursuing medical careers. Do you know what kind of helps that USC offers to help students in their medical school applications? What are the acceptance rate to medical schools for USC graduates?

    Will appreciate your answers!

    • Kenley Turville says:

      Hi Stanley,

      There is a lot of assistance for students through the Pre-Health Advisement Office. Here is a link to their site: http://dornsife.usc.edu/pre-health/

      Our rates of acceptance are good. That statistic is difficult to track because many students will wait a year or more out of undergrad to apply to medical school. But our students are well-prepared and tend to be admitted to strong medical school programs.


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