Class of 2018: Cohort 1

Joseph Bae

Joseph Bae is a senior from Chino Hills, California majoring in Biophysics at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. At USC, Joseph has been able to pursue a variety of activities including conducting research at the Bridge Institute, serving on the executive board of a medical missions club, and practicing Tae Kwon Do. During his free time, Joseph enjoys watching movies, eating Korean Barbecue, camping, and spending time with friends and family. In the future, Joseph intends on attending medical school and potentially pursuing a career in oncology.

Livey Beha

Livey Beha is a senior from Tacoma, Washington majoring in Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change. Livey serves as a VOICE peer-outreach educator for the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services Center on the USC campus, as a Resident Assistant in the Parkside International Residential College, and as a research assistant in the USC Rossier School of Education. In tandem with her coursework as a songwriting minor, Livey performs music around Los Angeles and enjoys collaborating with others to create interdisciplinary art projects and socially impactful digital media campaigns.

Peter Bergmann

Peter Bergmann is a senior from Portland, Oregon, with a major in and passion for Economics/Mathematics (B.S.). At USC, Peter serves as the President of Peaks and Professors, which is an outdoors club that connects students and professors outside the classroom through hikes and overnight trips. He serves as the President/Cofounder of the Economics Association and serves as an Assistant Director of University Affairs in USG. In his free time (what’s that?!), he loves to discover new books, new trails and new restaurants. After graduation, he plans to pursue a fellowship abroad and return to Asia before eventually jumping head-first into the field of social enterprise and impact investing.

Logan Davidson

Logan Davidson in senior Studying Mechanical Engineering from Denver, Colorado. His long-term aspirations are to make the world a more just, happier, more sustainable place than he found it. He is passionate about using the power of interdisciplinary thought and collaboration to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. He is currently working to embody an interdisciplinary lifestyle as a member of the USC Triathlon team, as a member of Sigma Eta Pi (USC’s Entrepreneurship Fraternity), and by living in a co-op dedicated to sustainable living and environmental justice all while studying Mechanical Engineering. He hopes to one day run a technical social enterprise.

Maddi Eckert

Maddi Eckert is a senior from Reno, Nevada, studying Political Science and Spanish. Since getting to USC, Maddi has served as a consultant for local nonprofits through the Los Angeles Community Impact, and she is currently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources. Maddi is an avid hiker, mountain biker and beach volleyball player, and you can almost always find her doing at least one of those three things on the weekends. After college, Maddi hopes to pursue a career in policymaking and advocacy.

Melanie Franceschini

Melanie Franceschini is a senior from Orange County, California majoring in Political Science, Spanish, Law History and Culture, and minoring in Classical Perspectives. A Pre-Law student who has completed the Thematic Option program at USC, Melanie is actively involved on campus in Undergraduate Student Government and the Unruh Institute. Off campus, you can find Melanie working at a Pool Manager for the City of Irvine and interning in the City Manager’s Office for the City of Newport Beach. In her free time, Melanie enjoys reading, listening to music, swimming, jogging, and hanging out with friends.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim is a senior from Cypress, California majoring in Biological Sciences. On campus, Esther is an executive board member for Global Medical Brigades, a research assistant at Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, and leads a homelessness outreach organization called A Community Place. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movie theater, cooking, and shopping at Trader Joes. After graduation, Esther hopes to become a pediatric oncologist and mentor other aspiring first-generation college students.

Jamie Kwong

Jamie Kwong is a senior international relations major and a progressive master’s student in public diplomacy. She is a Schaeffer Government Service fellow, and spent recent summers interning at the House Foreign Affairs Committee and researching immigration problems in France. She is a research assistant for Dr. Steven Lamy as well as associate editor of Glimpse from the Globe. She is interested in studying nonproliferation and weapons of mass destruction, focusing particularly on the North Korean nuclear crisis. Jamie’s campus involvement includes roles as president of the Panhellenic Council, vice president of Society 53 and manager of the Peer Leadership Team at USC’s Campus Activities Office.

Lindsay Lauder

Lindsay Lauder is a senior from Toronto double majoring in International Relations and Media Arts + Practice. Lindsay was a member of USC’s Division I Women’s swimming and diving team her first two years of college before a shoulder injury forced her to retire. She currently works in social media for USC Annenberg Tech Ops and is an active member of Troy Camp, Kappa Kappa Gamma, I am that Girl and was the Deputy Secretary General for TrojanMUN – USC Model United Nations’ college MUN conference. When not in class, she’s likely to be found taking photographs, eating her way around LA, napping or being outdoors.

Lucas McGartland

Lucas McGartland is a senior from Saint Louis, Missouri majoring in Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation at the Jimmy Iovine & Andre Young Academy. He is an avid entrepreneur, most recently CTO of Icon, a location based sticker messaging service, and founder/CPO of Bee, a startup focused on democratizing social media advertising. When he’s not busy with starting companies, he’s usually working on even more projects like building scaffolding in his apartment, developing a household AI, or designing a typeface.

Kaushik Parvathaneni

Kaushik Parvathaneni is a senior majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Cinema-TV. A native of Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, and recently Seattle, WA, Kaushik was ecstatic to be given the chance to complete his undergraduate education in new city, Los Angeles. He has developed a love for travel and enjoys experiencing the many cultures of the world. Kaushik’s passion for pushing the boundaries of science and medicine motivates him as a research assistant at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He also loves to teach and is a tutor for both Teach for Los Angeles and off campus for The Princeton Review. On his free time Kaushik enjoys spending time with friends and can often be found in pursuit of gastronomy throughout the city.  

Aditi Ramesh

Aditi Ramesh is a senior from Cerritos, California majoring in Economics/Mathematics in the Dornsife School. On campus, Aditi serves as VP of Projects for Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), is a member of USC Helenes, and is a research assistant in the department of Political Science. In her free time, Aditi enjoys running, cooking, or trying to find LA’s best cup of coffee. She is interested in data science/analytics and hopes to pursue a masters in data science after college!

Tayanna Todd

Tayanna Todd is a senior from Monument, Colorado pursuing a BFA in Film & Television Production and a BA in Spanish. She currently serves as a 2nd-year Resident Assistant on campus, volunteers weekly as an SAT tutor at a local high school, and mentors freshman students through USC’s Motivate & Empower club. During her free time, she also enjoys watching movies, baking, and working out at the gym. Tayanna strives to utilize film as vehicle for change, and in the future, hopes to spend time abroad in both Spain and Latin America developing content that explores the stories of culturally diverse and marginalized groups.

Rachel Wahhab

Rachel Wahhab is a senior from Cypress, California majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and minoring in Health Care Studies. On campus, you can find Rachel volunteering with the USC Helenes, the oldest all women’s service organization or you can find her at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as an active research assistant. Rachel’s true passion lies in bringing positive change and giving back to others in need, which motivates her career goals.  Rachel loves playing volleyball and exploring new restaurants in Los Angeles with her family and friends. After graduation, Rachel hopes to continue pursuing her dreams of becoming a physician and improving the health of others by attending medical school.

Spencer Wix

Spencer is a senior from Scottsdale, Arizona majoring in business administration and concentrating in finance in the Marshall School of Business. He is involved on campus with the Trojan Investing Society, SC Venture Capital, and the Marshall Real Estate Finance Association. Spencer enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and playing golf and basketball.  He will be working as an investment banking analyst this summer with Barclays in their financial sponsors group, and he hopes to build a career in private equity.

Vanessa Yu

Vanessa Yu is a senior from Arcadia, California majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in human rights. She is passionate about finding an intersection between medicine and social justice, and loves to get involved with the community. At USC, Vanessa is President of the tutoring organization Teach for LA, Hepatitis B/Bone Marrow Chair for the pre-medical organization APAMSA, External Activities Coordinator for Justice Organization for Youth, and Director of Layout for USC’s art and science magazine The Healing Process, along with being involved in the Christian Fellowship IVTCF. Vanessa loves reading from different genres, attending concerts, discovering new food, and traveling! After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and eventually work in neglected areas that need medical attention.

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