Olivia Wendland

Major: BS Music Industry

Minor: 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 loved Pop Music Forum. Specifically hearing from famous singer/songwriter, Mac Davis. He is a legend, and hearing his advice convinced me that songwriting is a viable career choice. I look up to him and love his music so much, so to be able to talk to him face-to-face was an experience I never imaged possible before applying to USC Thornton.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

Gerontology 315- A Journey Into The Mind

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

The accessibility and diversity of the city. It is sprawling and full of endless possibilities, which was a foreign concept when moving from a small town in Minnesota. I love how Los Angeles has such a wide range of people, experiences, landscapes, and possibilities. It is a city full of dreamers and the city where these dreams become reality.

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

Yes; being well-rounded, a good student, skilled etc. is important, but do not be afraid to show the university your personality and passions, too. I was so hung up on having the perfect credentials for an application that I forgot to embrace the bright and passionate personality that colleges want to see. It is about so much more than your brain. It’s about your heart, too-especially when it comes to studying music.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Ronald Tutor Campus Center

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

I love the people Thornton attracts. Thornton is constantly buzzing with great musicians who are passionate. I enjoy the vibe being around the Thornton School of Music, and how so many of us are passionate about the same thing: music. This includes the professors, as well. I feel like Thornton’s energy is unmatched anywhere else on campus due to the bright musicians that are constantly buzzing around.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

Thornton School of Music is one of the top Music Industry schools in the nation, and is located in the heart of one of the music capitols of the world. I knew that this school would be a perfect fit for my career path, and when I visited campus and talked with Mike Garcia (the music industry program director) I knew it would also be a perfect fit for my soul. Something about Thornton felt special and I knew I had to be a part of it.