Mid-Semester Inspiration

Okay wow, there are so many things to catch up on!

This will mostly be a recap of events that happened during my first two months at USC (it’s been two months already??!!).

Game Art BFA

For those of you who’ve been religiously stalking my website, you probably discovered a page titled 3D Modelling & Etc. that popped up sometime in August or September. It was part of my application for the Game Art BFA (which was very informal, since the program just started this fall). I’m very excited to be a part of it!


I am planning to drop out of CS Games soon, but which steps I will take next is uncertain. I am considering doing a double major in either Pharmacology, Theatre, or something else.

Another option I have is to take multiple minors instead of an extra major.

I think the trouble I’m having right now is that I don’t exactly know what I want to do in the future, so I can’t decide what to study.

TMB & Band Camp

I’ve never done anything band-related before, and I don’t think I even knew USC had a band when I first applied. I actually joined the TMB on a whim: someone on the USC subreddit posted a question about the USC band allowing people with no experience to join, and that immediately piqued my interest.

I chose Silks first. I remained a Silk throughout band camp (and for about a week or two after), then decided to switch to Tuba. I’ve never played an instrument that requires blowing to make notes (unless recorder counts), much less brass, so it’s been quite the learning process. I can almost manage to play one song right now 😅.

Clubs at USC

First up, gymnastics! I’m very thankful for the opportunity I have at USC Club Gymnastics to return to a sport that I had to quit at age 12 due to my family moving. I’ve really missed it, and I’m so glad to be back.

Next up is D&D. I’d sort of heard of Dungeons and Dragons before coming to USC, but here is the first chance I’ve had to play it. A club called Trojan Adventuring Party organizes campaigns for students, and it’s been a lot of fun! Mine meets every Sunday for about 5.5 hours (with an hour off for dinner).

Last but not least, I’m also a part of a “secret” political organization on campus. (Well actually, not that secret.)


For Spring 2021: I’m considering joining Men’s Crew as a coxswain next semester, since band will be less time-consuming by then. Gymnastics competition season is also in the spring though, so I don’t think I’ll be involved in anything more than what I already have on my plate.

Summary

My Time in 10 Words: Life is difficult. Go forward, don’t look back. Fight on.

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Catherine Chen
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