A Time for Gratitude

Students Shaping Our Future

USC’s more than 49,000 students are extraordinary. Their academic prowess is undeniable but so is the way they they learn and apply that knowledge to solving real-life issues, whether that’s making sure Angelenos have enough to eat or ensuring equity in the issues our communities face. Their pride in USC and their sense of purpose beyond themselves blend to create powerful change.

A group of incoming USC freshmen celebrate during convocation

USC’s 2021 entering undergrad class is the most diverse and talented yet

First-generation and students of color set records. The university’s college prep program for neighborhood children and teens leads the way with 57 first-year students. And Southern California public high schools make their strongest showing.

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structure in Joshua Tree

The long road from USC architecture project to Joshua Tree National Park

USC School of Architecture faculty and students design and build an iconic public pavilion for Joshua Tree visitors.

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Zachary Mallett

Journey from foster care to academia drives his effort to improve public transit

Zakhary Mallett used local transportation as a child, then set policy as the youngest-ever member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board. Now he’s doing doctoral research on whether all transit users pay their fair share.

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Mo Hasan

Between running plays and studying, USC quarterback tackles hunger in L.A.

Mo Hasan shares food surpluses through Second Spoon, his nonprofit that feeds those in need.

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USC student Michel Faliski in front of a truckload of food delivery

Good2Go, founded by USC students, delivers food to Angelenos

One in three people has no way to get groceries home. Trojans’ service picks up from food pantries and delivers the goods to those in need—and, in so doing, are ‘changing the landscape of the L.A. food economy.’

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Kris Brannon

Student pursues master’s to expand senior care in black communities

Kris Brannon wants to level the playing field in long-term care in Black communities. Her experience in women’s tackle football is going to help her do that. She is working on an MA in Long-Term Care Administration at USC Leonard Davis to prepare her for a leadership role.

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Hunter Noack

Alum Hunter Noack makes beautiful music on his 9-foot grand piano as he travels the Pacific Northwest

He and his Steinway, nestled in a flatbed trailer, have been taking music to the people since 2016. A heavy lift? Not if you love nature and music

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