Elected as Residential Student Government (RSG) president in May, Sera Choi has big plans for the organization and the 7,000 students it represents.
“We have really emphasized that we are trying to be the residential student voice – not just putting on programs, not just saying that we have the title of representing students on campus,” said Choi, a junior majoring in neuroscience at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “We basically empower residents to have their best experience at USC.”
Choi said RSG accomplishes this goal through six boards that put on programs throughout the year that are social, cultural, educational and community outreach-related.
Choi’s tenure started out with a name change for the 25-year-old organization previously known as University Residential Student Community (URSC), which placed an emphasis on leadership.
“Leadership is something that we are really focusing on this year,” said Choi, who oversees the RSG nine-member executive board and the building government presidents. “We had our first leadership assembly in September and that is completely new this year.”
Choi got involved with RSG as a freshman because she enjoyed a challenge and had an interest in leadership opportunities. She liked the fact that she could immediately take on a leadership role as a freshman when she was elected funding chair.
Viktor Kerney, assistant director for development and leadership in the Office for Residential Education, and faculty adviser for RSG, noted that “Sera has shown great strength, governance and compassion as the RSG president. She will move the organization forward.”
Choi believes her leadership experience will translate well into her goal of pursuing a career in the medical field.
“I have learned skills in RSG that will later help me as a physician: communication, interacting with people and being a representative of people’s concerns and acting on them. That is what physicians do,” she said.
In addition to her role in Residential Student Government, Choi is equally passionate about her work with Trojan Health Volunteers, her clinical care externship at St. Francis Medical Center and her research assistantship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“I cannot imagine myself anywhere else but at USC,” Choi said. “We have a very goal-oriented and focused population of students, and it is helping me become a better individual and leader.”