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March 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Spring Break Recap

          Just a few weeks ago as Trojans were deep in the heart of midterm season, it appeared that spring break just could not arrive fast enough. However, as spring break neared its end, one simply could not help but troll through an endless array of photos portraying peers enjoying their time off of school. From countless snap chats and selfies of students on exotic vacations, alternative spring breaks, and internships, one thing became clear: Trojans do not waste a second of their spring break. So, I sought out some amazing snaps and put together a photo stream of just exactly how some Trojans spent their time off.

Now let’s take a look at how students answered the age old question,

“What did you do over spring break?”


Sophomore and Biomedical Engineer Brenda Shen went on an alternative spring break with USC’s Global Medical Brigades where they set up a health clinic in a rural community in Honduras to serve patients! Shen delivered fluoride treatments to children! Serve on!


Our very own admissions blogger junior Katherine Grabar journeyed to the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada to visit her sorority sister and recent USC Alumni, showing us just how strong the bonds of the Trojan Family are—even abroad!

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USC NASPA Undergraduate fellows senior Angie Kim and junior Emily Huang attended the National Associated of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Conference in Baltimore, Maryland!


This spring break, sophomore Dionna Walker took a road trip up to San Francisco with her a capella group, the USC Sirens. I’m sure everyone would agree that Dionna’s smile is as lovely as the view!

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It seems as though Gabe Rocha engineered the perfect ‘selfie’—at Zion National Park in Utah! Looks like I might have to invest in one of those camera-holding devices. 😉

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Greetings from Big Ben! Junior Adam Feisst represents that cardinal and gold from London, England! Feisst is one of many Trojans currently studying abroad. Fight on, Adam!


Freshman Paul Samaha models along the cliffs overlooking the coast of Big Sur, California. You keep on practicing those God-given talents, Paul. No matter how glamorous the L.A. life may be, Samaha shows us just how relaxing camping in the wilderness can be!


Junior Global Health major Lara Adekoya traveled all the way to Paris, France where she said “Bonjour” to the Louvre Museum. Quite the touristy pose, Lara! Adekoya has not only previously studied abroad in France, but was inspired to pursue a minor in French!

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Trojan twins Bradley and Taylor Coon took to the sweet beaches of Maui, Hawaii on an extraordinary family vacation (and got quite the tan!). What better way to de-stress from a long midterm season? Aloha!


Sophomore Biomedical Engineer and Viterbi Student Ambassador (VSA) Archana Bettadapur hosted Meet USC over spring break. She accompanied prospective USC students from their tour groups to their schools of choice so that they could meet with admissions representatives. Bettadapur also got to interact with high school students, answering questions about life at USC. #ViterbiLife


Shira Bernard participated in USC Hillel’s alternative spring break, where she embarked on a seven-day cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to volunteer at the Hogar del Niño Orphanage. The sophomore got to enjoy the beach, learn about Jewish initiatives to end hunger, and explore the beauty of Mexico—all while volunteering! Rock on, Shira!


Freshman Business Administration student Simone Geller participated in Marshall’s Global Leadership Program, a Freshman International Program where a select number of students participate in a two course sequence, focusing on global business, and travel to Shanghai, China during spring break to meet with executives from top companies from major cities! Here, Geller poses in her stylish business attire in front of the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower!


Meanwhile, student bloggers Cole, Aleek and myself reunited in Chinatown with USC Alumni, Kevin. Katherine Grabar (other student blogger) was clearly too busy in Canada to hang out with her now, ex-best friends.

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And while traveling can be central to many Trojans’ spring break shenanigans, sophomore Wesley Enos shows us that there really is nothing better than looking good and spending time with your doggies (and family too!).


          It was so great being able to hear about a small sampling of spring breaks packed with extraordinary students about extraordinary experiences. And obviously, as Trojans, we can just never settle for anything less than extraordinary. Keep fighting on Trojans!

-Andrew Minassi ’16

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