Rachel Tan

Majors: Choral Music; Psychology

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Arlington, TX

USC Organizations: Research Assistant at the Brain and Creativity Institute, USC / CHLA Research Intern, chorister in USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Prospective Student Host for Dornsife Explore, and member of American Choral Directors Association and USC FLOW

Hashtag to describe yourself: #tinybutmighty

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

Participating in a masterclass and performing with VOCES8 was such an incredible learning experience.  This once in a lifetime opportunity to work with one of my favorite ensembles is a memory I’ll always cherish.

What was your favorite USC GE class?

Knowledge and Fallibility (This was the first time I’ve ever taken a philosophy class, and it completely blew my mind!).

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

The city is so versatile; it has endless professional opportunities, but also many lively events to attend and remarkable sights to see.

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

Applying to 18 colleges might be a little overboard.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The courtyard behind Doheny Library

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

The talent at Thornton never ceases to amaze me, and I’ve learned so much just by being surrounded by and working with people with such skill and passion.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I’ve always loved busy cities, and with Thornton being in the heart of Los Angeles, such an incredible place to build a career in music, no other place felt like a better fit for me.