Meet Natalie

Computer Science Business Administration
Class of ’19

Hi there! I’m Natalie. I’m a senior from Dallas, Texas studying Computer Science and Business Administration with a Minor in Dance. On campus, I am involved in research with Dr. Hao Li’s Vision and Graphics Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. In addition, I research at the USC Choreographic Institute, a collaboration between the Kaufman School of Dance and various other schools on campus. I am also a Lead Freshman Academy Coach, where I assist a lecture in the fall and welcome freshmen to USC. I have had internships with Walt Disney Studios, Google’s Liquid Galaxy, and Northrop Grumman. I’m excited to currently be working at Walt Disney Animation Studios as a Production Data Analyst, and I will continue the role full time upon graduation! In my free time, I like to take dance classes, go to the beach with my friends, and design websites and mobile apps.

I am overjoyed that the Lord led me to USC. Being an engineer has not been the easiest of four years (that rhymes!), but my success at USC is knowing that I have fought hard to know my worth in Christ and use my talents to glorify Him. I have grown immensely, both in my academics and in my faith, and I have discovered the legacy I want to leave on this campus and in the world: being a light to others, especially those who doubt their worth. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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Performing research on campus at the Vision and Graphics Lab through the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is such a treat. I love how the lab focuses on bringing art into advanced computer graphics. The lab is so fascinating, and the PhD leads welcome my ideas about the intersection of dance and computer graphics. ICT is pushing the future of technology; I’m so glad I get to be a part of it.
As a Dance Minor in the Kaufman School of Dance, I’m automatically eligible for various programs in the dance school. I regularly perform in shows for my technique classes, and, most recently, I performed in a flash mob in front of Tommy Trojan to encourage other USC students to Dance On! It’s also great to meet other Dance minors who major in diverse fields throughout the university because it gives us opportunities to collaborate on projects.
Each week, Young Life hosts fun events ranging from pool parties to rollerskating nights. Young Life is a place where I can completely be myself and meet friends that care about every aspect of my life. I create some of my closest friendships at Young Life because of the many chances to bond over service weekends, hikes, and dance parties!

My Major at USC: Computer Science and Business Administration

My Favorite Classes
Dance and New Media is the first course offered in the Kaufman School of Dance that is dedicated to exploring the intersection of dance and technology, and I felt grateful to be able to take it. The topics in the course really helped me in my research projects.
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My Tips for You

Recommendation Letters

When you pick a teacher to write a recommendation letter for you, don’t pick the teacher who has seen you succeed at everything. Pick one who has seen you fail or struggle through the coursework. That way, he or she can attest to how you can attack challenges and push yourself beyond your comfort zone, which is a valuable personal characteristic to highlight.

Application Essays

Write your essays as if you’re talking to your best friend. Don’t be afraid to let your silly or creative personality shine through. For example, in one of my essays, I mentioned how I have fangirled over Zac Efron my entire life, and I even admitted to color coding my book shelf in middle school. Rule of thumb: If you think it’s something an admissions representative wouldn’t care about, it’s probably something they would love to know about you and your personality, so you should write about it!

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My Favorite Movie

  • I’ve been rewatching the old Disney movies lately, and I’m kind of obsessed with The Little Mermaid! I love watching the characters come to life through animation and music, especially since I used to dance to some of those songs when I was a little girl.