Rachel Campagna

Major: Oboe Performance

Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies

Graduation year: 2021

Hometown: Austin, Texas

USC Organizations: USC Thornton Classical Strings & Vocal Arts Department – Office Assistant (Work Study)

Hashtag to describe yourself: #QuesoEnthusiast

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

My first year 8 AM Music Theory classes were so hard to wake up for, but at the end of each semester, every student composed a short piece and the classical musicians performed them for the class, which was so fun!

What was your favorite USC GE class?

So far, my favorite GE has been a part of GESM requirement here at SC, and it was a seminar in Social Analysis. I found this class extremely interesting because we got to incorporate our own ideas and beliefs into discussion and have educated debates on what is happening in the current economic and social-political climate.

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

Proximity to downtown LA, specifically to the LA Phil. There is also so much to do every weekend, whether it be food festivals, citywide celebrations for holidays/milestones, or opportunities for political activism.

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

When making the choice of where you want to attend, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each school, but I discovered that it’s also just as important to go with your gut feeling.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Ramo Lawn.

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

The camaraderie between all divisions under the Thornton umbrella – collaboration is happening everywhere!

Why did you choose the Thornton School?

Location, location, location! Being so close to downtown LA, as well as going to a school where you’re surrounded by such highly regarded people in the music world with lots of connections, is what drew me to USC Thornton, as well as the large number of grad students that the program has, as I knew that would help me improve exponentially in the long run.