Sophie Feldman

Majors: Popular Music Performance (Singer/Songwriter); Psychology

Minor: French

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Seattle, WA

USC Organizations: Thornton Community Engagement Project, Cinematic and Musical Arts Club, Spoon University, French Club

Hashtag to describe yourself: #chickpea

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

Attending Popular Music Forum, specifically when Allee Willis and Paul Williams spoke, impacted me immediately, and I continue to feel the effects of their advice every day. During Forum last semester, I wanted to absorb as much from our guests as possible because whether they were programming computers, negotiating contracts, or writing hit songs, all of the speakers were/are able to do what they love because of their collaborative energies. Paul and Allee, however, stood out to me because of their distinctive personalities, incredible achievements, and versatility in the industry.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

French 3!

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

Networking in the same circles as people I’ve admired for so long from afar!

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

Going home over breaks might make you “homesick” for school.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

School of Cinematic Arts Coffee Bean (oops)

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

I felt immediately at home among my classmates and professors. They bring out my best work by challenging me to try things outside of my comfort zone and inspire me with their differing skillsets. Everyone is so talented but the talent is so diversified, so collaborating with someone new is bound to teach you something, no matter what.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

Applying to USC was already a priority of mine, but spending the week here during Grammy Camp LA reinforced how important it was for me to attend. The Popular Music program offers unparalleled networking and collaboration opportunities, and the ability to study every facet of the music industry. I want to be as qualified as possible for whatever jobs or circumstances come my way, and I know that USC Thornton is here to prepare me.
USC also appealed to me because of the opportunity to explore and branch out from purely Popular Music. I know myself well and have come to realize just how much I love learning in general. It was important to me that I spend my undergraduate years at a university where I could nourish my passion for education and feed my intellectual curiosities. I am double majoring in psychology and continuing my studies in French, which is a challenge, but exactly the kind of challenge I was looking for.