Past USC Exchange Students

Fall 2016 – Pablo Pozas Guerra

Pablo is an industrial and systems engineering major from Monterrey, Mexico. He is also pursuing an accelerated master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management through USC’s progressive degree program. Throughout his time as an undergraduate, Pablo served as a campus leader in several capacities, including that of International Project Manager for Engineers Without Borders and of Residential Assistant for the Great Outdoors residential community. He is also an active member of Overflow A Cappella, the Men’s Futsal Club and Society 53. He is an avid adventurer and hiker, and he most notably completed a 500 mile trek in Northern Spain known as the Camino de Santiago.

Pablo said of his experience at Queens’: “I would describe my time in Cambridge as one made whole by a collection of small and unique experiences, like going out for a walk at dawn in the magical town that rewards the adventurous pedestrian, or getting to discuss a subject in supervision after spending countless hours doing independent research. And though there were plenty of exciting moments that I will remember – like the adrenaline rush of a rowing race or a last minute victory goal on the football field – the most transcendent part of it all will definitely be the relationships I’ve developed with my friends at Queens’. I will always feel a part of this college through the people I’ve met, and I’m excited to keep in touch with them as we move on in our academic and professional lives.”


Fall 2015 – Elizabeth Weir

Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude from USC in 2016 with a double-major in linguistics and theatre. During her time at USC, she was also selected as a Renaissance Scholar, a member of the Order of Troy, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa (Junior Election).

During the USC-Queens’ College Cambridge Exchange, Elizabeth read the Linguistics course. In addition to the excellent academics, she was impressed by the many extracurricular opportunities available to Queens’ students and by the truly warm welcome she received from her peers. During her time, Elizabeth especially enjoyed formal dinners, learning to row, and performing in various theatrical productions around Cambridge.

The Queens’ program was a key part of Elizabeth’s USC experience and continues to shape her career goals. Elizabeth is especially interested in the ways in which Medicine and Linguistics intersect. As such, after completing her undergraduate degree at USC, she continued into the USC Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, to prepare for her matriculation into medical school. In the next year, Elizabeth plans to return to Cambridge (and Queens’ College) to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Medical Science (Psychiatry). During this MPhil, Elizabeth will research the relationships between androgen hormones, endometriosis, and autism.

Fall 2014 – Matthew Prusak

Matthew Prusak graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Global Business). Matthew was a USC Presidential Scholar and served as editor-in-chief of both the Southern California International Review and the Social Justice Review. He also played a crucial role in helping to set the tone of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study as a student-leader in charge of the undergraduate wing of the organization.  After his Queens’ experience, Matthew returned to USC to earn the Global Scholar distinction his final semester which blended his reflections from his time abroad in China, Indonesia and the UK, with his research on the need for economic engagement with North Korea.

Matthew currently works as a management consultant with Bain & Company’s Southeast Asia office, where he focuses on social impact and technology projects. In Fall 2016, Matthew was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. Following the Schwarzman Scholarship, Matthew plans to complete an MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business before pursuing a career in international trade negotiation.

Fall 2013 – Grace Do

Grace graduated magna cum laude from USC in 2013 with a degree in social sciences (psychology) and minors in children and families in urban america and human rights.   Grace identifies as third-culture kid who was born in South Korea, raised in Sri Lanka, and is now living in the U.S. Her eight weeks at Queens’ College was one of the most significant and memorable periods of her life. Not only was she able to indulge in the magical fairytale experiences that many imagine when they think Cambridge – studying in the archaic libraries within castle-like structures, attending formal dinners in the grand halls dressed in robes, punting and rowing along the River Cam.  She also witnessed her own tremendous intellectual and personal growth.

With its greater emphasis on independent and self-directed study, Cambridge gave Grace the flexibility to pursue her own academic interests, and at the same time provided her close guidance through its notable supervision system. Most importantly, the program taught her to always seek to grow and challenge herself, a lesson that still influences the decisions she makes today. Since Cambridge, she spent five months on an educational ship traveling the world, three months interning at the Permanent Mission of Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and a year volunteering in an international NGO in Rwanda. Currently she is working as a barista by day and teacher by night while preparing to attend law school next fall with a vision to positively impact underserved and marginalized communities as an international human rights lawyer.


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