Joshua Wilson

Major: Popular Music Performance (Vocal)

Minor: Business

Graduation year: 2024

Hometown: Missouri City, TX

USC Organizations: Black Student Assembly, Alpha Lambda Delta, Student Alumni Society

Hashtag to describe yourself: #CutFromADifferentCloth

Favorite place on campus: USC Village

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

Being able to collaborate musically with my classmates for our year-end showcase has been my favorite Thornton experience.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

A seminar in Humanistic Inquiry called “Crime & Punishment in LA.” The best part of the class was digging deep into the OJ Simpson case. I learned things about the case that I didn’t know before.

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

LA has one of the most iconic music scenes in the country. There is a lot of creative energy here. Aside from the creative opportunities, the best part is the weather, and being able to see mountains and having a nearby beach.

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

I wish I had known to relax during the process. In the end, it really will work out. I also wish I had known how important it is to plan early for any other majors or minors you might want to pursue.

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

One of my favorite things about being a student at USC Thornton is the faculty. Because they are so welcoming, it’s easy to forget how incredibly fortunate I am to take instruction from such renowned and talented instructors. Also, being in an environment that is collaborative and not competitive is refreshing.

Why did you choose the Thornton School? 

I knew the USC Thornton School of Music offered everything I wanted, a comprehensive popular music program with the benefits of a traditional campus environment. But when I arrived on campus for my music audition I knew there was no other place for me. After the audition, I walked around the campus and toured the music facilities. I felt it. I knew – I just knew.