Olivia Wendland

Major: Music Industry; Public Relations

Graduation year: 2023

Hometown: Waseca, MN

USC Organizations: Trojan Marching Band, The Sirens A Capella, USG Special Events Committee, West Residential Hall Community Council, Orientation Advisor, and Student Worker at TCC and Trojan Marching Band

Hashtag to describe yourself: #spunkyandspirited

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

I am a huge fan of Pop Music Forum. I remember taking the class my freshman year and hearing from famous singer/songwriter, Mac Davis. He was a legend, so hearing what he had to say about the music industry and songwriting was an experience I will cherish forever!

What was your favorite USC GE class?

MUSC 200: The Broadway Musical: Reflections of American Diversity

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

Ooo! What isn’t there to love? The great thing about Los Angeles is that everything is at your fingertips: great food, entertainment, the beach, shopping, hiking, etc. The list goes on and on. Personally, I love exploring all of the different cuisines and restaurants across the city!!

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

Don’t worry about the small logistical things when making a final decision. Which college does your heart want? Deep down, you know which one to go with, so listen to your heart and everything else will fall into place! 🙂

Where is your favorite place on campus?

USC Village! <3

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

I love all of the amazing opportunities available through the school and through being located in Los Angeles. I have had such fantastic networking experiences thanks to USC’s connections to the music industry and Los Angeles!

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose Thornton because Los Angeles is the perfect location to start a career in the music industry. I knew that Thornton would help me connect with industry professionals and find my best fit in the industry. I could also tell the instant I stepped on campus for my first visit that it just felt right. I followed my heart, and I am so grateful I did!