Francesca Boerio

Majors: Classical Guitar; Cognitive Science

Minor: Music Industry

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Redwood City, CA

USC Organizations: Troy Camp, Thornton Community Engagement Program, Gamma Phi Beta, Women and Youth Supporting Each other (WYSE)

Hashtag to describe yourself: #staybusy

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

My favorite USC Thornton experience was at the guitar departmental during fall semester. It was my first time performing at a USC event, and the quartet I was working with had been practicing all semester. Being able to play with my quartet as well as the guitar orchestra with other members of the studio was a growing and learning experience.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

PSYC 353: Close Relationships

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

My favorite thing about being in Los Angeles is the accessibility to a diverse range of activities. From going to a new museum, finding a different place to try some food, or making a day trip to the beach, there are endless things to be able to do within such a close distance from campus.

What is something you wish you knew when you were applying to college?

Instead of focusing on the name of a school, think more about the environment they think they would be able to better succeed at and be able to grow the most.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Doheny Library Reading Room

What is your favorite thing about being a student at USC Thornton?

My favorite thing about being a student in Thornton is being a part of this tight-knit community that is bonded over a shared love for music but also truly cares for one another. Within my department, my favorite thing is being able to be pushed by fellow guitarists and also improve with technical discussion. Within Thornton as a whole, it is inspiring to be around such motivated individuals pursuing their passion at such a high level.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose the Thornton School of Music because I really bonded with the faculty during my visits prior to my decision, and felt that I would be able to grow the most under their guidance. It was also important to me that I would be getting a well-rounded education, and have the opportunity to pursue other academic interests. I think what really made me realize that I loved Thornton, was in talking to the students and walking around to notice that everyone is happy to be here at Thornton but also at USC in general.