When USC junior Sean McCormick, a native of Boston, Mass., visited the campus for the first time as a prospective student, he fell in love with the university’s vibrancy, rigorous academic curriculum and rich athletic tradition.
Three years later, his gut decision to don the cardinal and gold has paid off for both him and the university.
“USC has more than lived up to its billing, and I have been able to pour a lot of the passion I have for the university into my experiences thus far,” said McCormick, a double major in international relations and East Asian languages and cultures at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “This school means so much to me, so to be able to communicate that passion in a variety of ways has been great. People joke that I am not the most emotional or excitable person, but when I talk to people about this university, that passion and excitement is very clear.”
Last summer, McCormick, a Trustee Scholar, got a chance to express his feelings for USC when he was selected as one of 25 Orientation Advisers (OAs).
“As an OA, you are able to impart your wisdom to incoming students,” McCormick said. “After being here for a few years, I had some ideas on some of the things I wish I had done better, a mulligan of sorts, and I wanted to share that with them before they start their college careers.”
Along with his involvement as an ambassador for the university, McCormick has delved into the world of sports media as a staff writer for the Daily Trojan. During his two years as a writer, the lifelong sports fan has had the privilege of covering USC football, basketball and men’s water polo, whose team is a four-time defending national champion.
“It’s a great way to work on my writing while also covering USC athletics,” McCormick said. “I’m not a journalism student by any means, but it’s just a completely different world, and I am thrilled to be exposed to it.”
McCormick would love to one day be the sports editor of the Daily Trojan.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure being able to interview high-profile athletes, whether it’s future Olympians or wide receiver Robert Woods or guys who have worked out to make a name for themselves,” he said.
McCormick’s love of sports hasn’t been limited to print: He served as an intramural coordinator for the University Residential Student Community last year. In that position, he was a liaison between USC Recreational Sports and resident hall advisers, and he also helped plan big events on campus.
Although he will not graduate until May 2013, the future looks bright for McCormick, who will continue to explore career options in both sports media and international law. But regardless of what he decides to do professionally, the junior believes he will never forget his Trojan roots.
“There is no complacency in this university,” McCormick said. “It’s a university that continues to attract students who want to impact not only their own lives but also the lives of others. This is what a university should be, and I will continue to be proud to be a part of it.”