Nina Tanaka

Majors: Music Industry; Health and Human Sciences

Minor: Cinematic Arts

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

USC Organizations: 840 West, KXSC Radio, USC Trojan Marching Band, Hawaii Club, Trojan Scholars Society

Hashtag to describe yourself: #ilovefood

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

It’s so hard to pinpoint a favorite because of all the phenomenal experiences I’ve had through USC Thornton, but my one of my favorite experiences so far was having the opportunity to study popular voice one-on-one with incredible faculty members in the Popular Music Program and being able to make the transition from studying classical voice to pop voice in college.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

I am part of USC’s Thematic Option Program, which provides an honors-level interdisciplinary curriculum that satisfies USC’s GE requirements. My favorite TO class was CORE 112 (equivalent to WRIT340) titled Scientists and Specimens. Besides investigating the fascinating topic of science in popular films and cultural texts, this class was my favorite because I was able to significantly improve on my writing capabilities through having one-on-one meetings with the professor, collaborating with my 13 classmates, and submitting a final research paper. TO has been one of my most challenging yet rewarding academic experiences at USC, and I highly recommend the program to anyone that is interested in growing their intellectual curiosity.

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

There are so many opportunities in Los Angeles, especially as a USC student! Every day brings something new to look forward to.

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

It’s really important to envision your fit to the colleges that you are applying to, especially since your interests and passions can change or grow over time! For me, visiting and learning more about USC through Explore was an invaluable moment in helping me decide that USC was the best school for me.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Doheny Library

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

Having access to some of the most amazing opportunities, experiences, resources, faculty, mentors, and students inside and outside USC through the Trojan Family.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose USC Thornton because of the exceptional educational and professional opportunities that the curriculum and faculty offer. On top of that, the students and graduates of USC Thornton are so motivated, willing to help one another, and brilliant. Furthermore, there are so many opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary studies with other departments at USC. Thornton enables me to pursue my love for music in so many ways, and I can’t be more grateful to be a student in this school.