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Gabriel Griswold (he/him)

December 2, 2022

Major(s): Composition Minor(s): Linguistics Class of 2024 Hometown: Cleveland, OH USC Organizations: Just Dance Club What is your favorite place on campus and why? The courtyard behind IYA. It is so beautiful and peaceful and I love seeing the plants slowly grow over the semester! What is your go-to place for a delicious snack/meal on… Continue reading Gabriel Griswold (he/him)


Daniela Santiago Martinez (she/her)

December 2, 2022

Major(s): Classical Guitar Minor(s): Music Recording Class of 2025 Hometown: Austin, TX USC Organizations: Mariachi SC, Thornton Community Engagement Program, and Society 53 What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite places would be the VPD building (mostly to study) and the Thornton Courtyard to enjoy the weather and listen to the… Continue reading Daniela Santiago Martinez (she/her)


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Evan Llafet (he/him)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Violin Performance, Vocal Arts Performance Minor(s): Class of 2023 Hometown: Vancouver, WA USC Organizations: Participated in Musical Theatre Repertory What is your favorite place on campus and why? The Thornton Lawn is a great place to eat lunch with friends, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy some time in nature What is your go-to… Continue reading Evan Llafet (he/him)


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Rosie Ding (she/her)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Choral Music, Public Relations Minor(s): Class of 2024 Hometown: Beijing, China USC Organizations: Trogons A Cappella, Student Chapter of ACDA at USC, USC Chamber Singers What is your favorite place on campus and why? Probably Wallis Annenberg Hall, because they have a nice cafĂ© and great spots to study. What is your go-to place… Continue reading Rosie Ding (she/her)


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Andrew Rudy (he/him)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Music Industry Minor(s): Class of 2023 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA USC Organizations: The FAM, Songwriters Forum What is your favorite place on campus and why? The cinematic arts building and patio. I love relaxing by the fountain and watching all of the cinematic arts students meet and discuss their projects. It’s such a nice… Continue reading Andrew Rudy (he/him)


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Oliviana Marie (she/her)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Composition Minor(s): Class of 2025 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA USC Organizations: Musical Theatre Repertory (MTR)- Board Member/Music Coordinator, Women in Music Club, Thornton Women Composers Club (Led by Veronika Krausas) What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is the United University Church. My dad is a Thornton… Continue reading Oliviana Marie (she/her)


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Olena Kaspersky (she/her)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Violin Performance Minor(s): Class of 2023 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA USC Organizations: Thornton Community Engagement Program What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is Alumni Park because it’s a nice place to chill or do work and has a nice surrounding view of the campus. What is… Continue reading Olena Kaspersky (she/her)


George Tyler Heffley (he/him)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Jazz Studies (Guitar), Music Industry Minor(s): Class of 2024 Hometown: Burbank, CA USC Organizations: Concerts Committee, Songwriter’s Forum, F.A.M., Star Wars Club What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite place on campus is the Coliseum. I’m a huge football fan and I love going to games and supporting my most… Continue reading George Tyler Heffley (he/him)


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Neha Kudva (she/her)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): Tuba Performance, Economics Minor(s): Class of 2025 Hometown: Horseheads, NY USC Organizations: Trojan Investing Society, SCIA, The Women’s Network What is your favorite place on campus and why? Doheny library; the fancy ceilings and wooden bookshelves make studying feel glamorous- I always get so much work done. What is your go-to place for a… Continue reading Neha Kudva (she/her)


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Ella Kaale (she/her)

November 22, 2022

Major(s): BM Composition Minor(s): Class of 2025 Hometown: League City, TX USC Organizations: Oriana Choir, Women & Gender Diverse Composers Network, Student Symphony Orchestra What is your favorite place on campus and why? The music library in Doheny is my favorite place on campus because it’s a great place to get distracted while you’re supposed… Continue reading Ella Kaale (she/her)