‘The Trojan Family is very real’

This spring, Divya Jeyasingh will receive a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and disease prevention from USC’s Keck School of Medicine and a master’s degree in decision analysis in healthcare from the USC School of Pharmacy. In addition to pursuing two degrees, the Portland, Oregon native has been involved in a number of organizations, including USC Helenes, the university’s oldest all-female service organization, and Swim with Mike, a foundation that assists student-athletes with disabilities. She also became involved with USC’s division of Madhatter Knits, an organization dedicated to knitting blankets for premature babies. Jeyasingh looks back on her last four years with great pleasure.

What were the highlights and highlights of your USC experience?

The Trojan Family is very real. I’ve met incredible students, staff, and educators, which have made me great friends and mentors. Everyone’s willingness to collaborate and the passion around their interests is contagious.

Divya Jeyasingh at the Scripter Awards

Divya Jeyasingh, center, volunteer with USC Helenes at USC Libraries’ Scripter Awards. (Photo / Courtesy of Divya Jeyasingh)

It’s also so nice to see our school spirit, especially at sports competitions. Football matches are a day-long celebration with lots of energy from students, alumni, fans, the band and of course the team. I am a USC Helene and have completed at least one of all sports in the last four years. We love going to competitions together and bringing our best school spirit. We also guard the images with the Trojan Knights during [USC-UCLA] rivalry week. Staying overnight at Tommy Trojan and playing with some of my best friends was an amazing experience.

Have you learned anything about yourself?

I’ve learned that I can push myself to try new things. There have been so many unique opportunities to take cool classes or be involved in different events. I have been able to learn a lot and have become open-minded.

Is there an object or moment you take with you from USC that means the most to you?

I will always remember the 2019 football game against Stanford. It was an incredible win, but the most I remember after the game was staying with all my friends to sing along with the band and celebrate. I remember looking around and feeling so grateful to be a part of our university community.

How would you compare your freshman self to yourself today? How do you think you have changed in the past four years?

Through all my experiences at USC, I have discovered new academic interests and followed them through opportunities in and outside the classroom. I have more confidence and can do more.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to medical school this fall.

What advice do you have for freshmen coming to USC?

A: Meet all the great people at USC. From professors to fellow students, to the people who care for our beautiful campus, everyone has a story to tell.

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