With graduation just around the corner and the start of my career approaching in just six months, I wanted to reach out to some USC alumni to ask for any advice they may have as I start the next portion of my life. The perfect solution for me to speak with alumni was a SCupper – a dinner networking event for students to meet USC alumni hosted by a club on campus called Society 53. I love these events because many successful alumni come with plenty of great stories about their experiences and lessons that they have learned post-graduation.


This SCupper was at El Cholo right in Downtown LA, which is a quick 10-minute drive from USC. El Cholo is a great Mexican restaurant that is very popular among USC students… so much so that they even have a USC room for big parties that features signed and framed USC sports jerseys and pictures. There were six alumni in attendance and about fifteen students at this dinner.


The program started with a meet and greet, then we moved to the dinner tables and the alumni rotated from table to table to introduce themselves and to meet all of us to get a better understanding of our backgrounds. The alumni spanned in their careers from attorneys to financial service professionals to teachers and professors. I made strong connections with two of the women because we were in the same sorority at USC, which was a really cool bonding and networking experience! They reminisced on their time living in the sorority, and I shared some similar stories that I have had in the sorority.


At the end of the dinner, we played some USC trivia. It was a great way to end the night, but I’m very thankful that I had a tour guide on my team because I did not know much of the USC history questions!!!


Overall, this SCupper was a great experience. It left me with some great advice to use in the next few months and for my first job after graduation. A huge reason why I love USC is due to the Trojan Family, and events like these are proof that the Trojan Family is real and strong.

Lauren Pelo-2015

Lauren Pelo-2015

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!