Alana Aquino

Major: Music Industry

Minor: Songwriting

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

USC Organizations: Troy Philippines, Alpha Lamda Delta

Hashtag to describe yourself: #blessed

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

When I was applying to USC, I saw that the Guild of Music Supervisors held their State of Music in Media Conference on campus. A collective of people doing my dream job holding a conference at my dream school meant so much to me. A year later, when I was lucky enough to begin my Fall semester at USC, I was able to attend the second State of Music in Media Conference on campus. I met some amazing mentors and Music Supervisors I had watched online for so long. It was an amazing introduction to the connections and opportunities Thornton provides to students!

What was your favorite USC GE class?

The Art of Poetry

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

Being able to see the mountains, the city, and the beach all in one.

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

This sounds cliché but do your research. I wish I had known about four-year plans and curriculums that show exactly what I’d spend my time doing. That includes where I’d live, what clubs I could join, and where I would eat. Regardless of which university I would attend, I feel like I should’ve tried to visualize my life at each one to see how well I’d fit in. Research helped me determine USC to be my top choice, although once I took a campus tour and did a Thornton info session, it wasn’t too hard.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

On a balcony of the Cinema School at sunset.

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

Being surrounded by peers and professors who provide an enriching atmosphere is incredibly motivating. I love seeing the collaboration between students inside and outside of Thornton. I love seeing the willingness to help others, whether that be from students or teachers. It’s one thing to hear about connections between professors and students, but it’s another thing to personally embrace their knowledge and experience. I love the expectations we set for each other, and the concept of pushing each other to see our full potential.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

Looking at the full picture, it’s hard to choose a few reasons why Thornton was the best option for me. The location and connections offer so many opportunities for students, and the curriculum for my program allowed me to take classes that I know will benefit me in the future. It wasn’t until I actually began studying here that I saw the progress Music Industry seniors have made. It reminded me that I have the potential to achieve great things too, so long as I put in as much effort as possible.