Savannah Watson

Major: Popular Music Performance (Violin)

Minor: German Studies

Graduation year: 2023

Hometown: Lancaster, CA

USC Organizations: Themed Entertainment Association (TEA@USC), USC Musical Theater Repertory, Trojans and Dragons, RA at New North, Student Worker at Thornton Admission and Student Affairs

Hashtag to describe yourself: #overdrivenviolin

Favorite place on campus: The village courtyard for hanging out with friends, the village Starbucks for serious study times.

Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far.

The best Thornton experience I’ve had so far was getting to do a live taping with my pop class at a professional studio this spring. It was super fun to be in the studio and get to see the videos, but the best part was being back on stage with my friends after an entire year at home. The energy of Thornton students together on stage is unmatched!

What was your favorite USC GE class?

My favorite GE class so far was my freshman seminar, Mathematics for Earthling Ambassadors to Outer Space! The title alone got me interested, but it was essentially a bunch of arts and humanities majors using math to solve riddles. I actually learned a good bit about things like binary code but was also thoroughly engaged and entertained the entire time. Shoutout to Neel for being the best math professor ever!

What is your favorite thing about being in Los Angeles?

I’m a greater LA native, but now living right in the center of town, I love the easy access to everything and always having something to do. I can decide I want to go out with my friends at the last minute, go to a show one of my friends is playing at Genghis Cohen, play an escape room, or go to Santa Monica pier all within a few minutes!

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

The professors are not sitting around waiting for you to fail in an audition, they genuinely want you to succeed.

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

The fact that it feels like being part of one big, crazy talented family. I feel super close to both my peers and my professors, and we support each other both in class and in life. The connections and friendships I’ve made are by far my favorite part of Thornton.

Why did you choose the Thornton School? 

The popular music program is a program unlike anything anywhere else. The faculty are world class and the music people make is incredible. Especially as a violinist in a realm where violins are not often found, Patrice and the other faculty members empowered me to chase my dreams, even though it means carving my own path in a way almost no one else has gone. Being in LA, Thornton also gives me access to so many gigs and opportunities and a leg up in getting into the jobs I will want after I graduate.