Rachel Tan

Majors: BA Choral Music and BA Psychology

Minor: Neuroscience

Graduation year: 2022

Hometown: Arlington, TX

USC Organizations: Research Assistant at the Brain and Creativity Institute, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, President of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) USC Student Chapter, Prospective Student Host for Dornsife Explore, Thornton Community Engagement Program, Remedy Through Music, Teach for Los Angeles, Troy Philippines

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.