One of the benefits of going to a large school like USC is the sheer number of things there are to do on campus. There are more than 800 student organizations on campus that focus on everything from politics to social change to arts and music to sports (including quidditch!). Whatever you’re interested in, USC has it (or on the off chance it doesn’t, you can really easily start a club for it). With so many organizations it can be hard to choose what to join. These are a few of my favorite organizations on campus. I’m not a member of any of them, but I think they do some really cool things and if I had unlimited hours to my day, these are definitely things I’d be doing!
Troy Camp is a group of volunteers that work with underprivileged children throughout the year and then through fundraising send the kids to summer camp–something that a lot of people take for granted. Members are dedicated and passionate about furthering the cause.
GlobeMed is an organization that partners undergraduates with a grass roots health organization in underdeveloped areas (Africa, Asia, South America, etc.) to work together to improve one of six areas: maternal health, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, income generation, communicable disease prevention, and capacity building. GlobeMed is a great way to be a part of medical education and development abroad as an undergraduate.
Tommy Talks is a really cool event. In short, it’s TED Talks for USC students! It’s a great way for student ideas to be heard and in an environment meant to provoke thought. It’s a great forum that allows students to be heard and talk about meaningful topics or work that they’re passionate about.
Chalk the Block
Chalk the Block is an art competition (with chalk obviously) where local children are encouraged to draw their dreams. It’s a really cool way for these kids to do something fun and inspiring. Chalk the Block also has performances and guest speakers to further the encouragement.