Sofia Llacer Chamberlain (she/her)

Major(s): Violin Performance, Biological Sciences

Class of 2024

Hometown: Reno, NV

USC Organizations: Undergraduate Research Assistant for USC Brain and Creativity Institute, USC WiSE

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

Absolutely the USC Village, it has everything! It is a great place to hang out with friends, grab something quick to eat, get some last minute homework done, or just to sit down and enjoy life.

What is your go-to place for a delicious snack/meal on or around campus?

Coffee Bean at the SCA. I recommend anything, although I have heard their fruit teas are really good. I usually get a matcha latte there whenever I am short on time.

What is your favorite thing about Los Angeles?

I love visiting all of the museums (e.g. LACMA or The Getty) and art districts throughout Los Angeles. There is always something new and interesting to discover, most of which are relatively close to campus.

What advice would you share with students applying to music schools right now?

Be patient and be open! I believe it is important that you take the time to get to know all of your options and find the best fit for you. Every school has something special to offer and you will know which one speaks to your personality and style of learning. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions to current students and alumni regarding their experiences, as they are invaluable resources and can serve as a small window into student life. Above all, enjoy the process, as this is a once in a lifetime experience!

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

I chose the USC Thornton School of Music for the wonderful faculty and for their diverse academic program. Not only does it provide a great place to cultivate and enhance your skills as a musician, the school does not limit your interest and curiosities, but rather encourages students to pursue their passions, not limited to just music. They offer such diverse courses outside of just your main study of interest, one of which I particularly enjoyed being Songwriting. The school really encourages and supports outside of the box type thinking, which I particularly enjoy.