USC senior Angie Kim’s advice for her fellow students: “If you want to do something, no one’s stopping you.”
Kim, in fact, has taken her own advice. No one has stopped her as she’s filled her years at USC with international community service, a cappella singing, mentoring freshmen, leading student organizations, working on campus … the list goes on and on.
Kim, who majors in cognitive science at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and has a minor in organizational leadership and management at the USC Marshall School of Business, channels her many interests into campus involvement.
As co-president of Global Brigades@USC Marshall, she traveled to Honduras and Ghana, where she used her knowledge of finance to teach community members about loans, finance plans and how to work with banks to support sustainable development. Kim admitted that members of her team can’t see immediate change but said, “We go in understanding that it’s something that will be everlasting.”
Closer to home, Kim serves as vice president of USC Marshall Community Service Day, helping organize a service project each year for the school’s students. Volunteer opportunities have included Foundation for Second Chances, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House and Operation Gratitude.
Her love of singing propelled Kim to join USC Sirens, the only all-female a cappella group at USC, as a freshman; she is now their business manager. The tight-knit group practices five hours a week and goes on an annual retreat.
Kim is also involved in Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), where she works as a special projects coordinator providing logistical support for events and projects. As an APASS peer mentor, she helps guide new students through their first year at USC. Kim called APASS “another set of family,” and added, “I think what they do for students is just incredible.”
During the summer, Kim applies her mentoring skills to incoming freshmen as an orientation adviser. In addition, she is an undergraduate scholar for the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, a USC Marshall program that provides opportunities for USC students and faculty to use business principles to alleviate poverty.
Kim’s campus involvement has helped her focus her career interests. She’s an undergraduate fellow for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and is planning to enter graduate school to seek a career in higher education.
“Education, I think, is a foundation of peace,” she said.
Somehow Kim still finds time in her busy schedule to run and is training for the L.A. Marathon. After all, no one is stopping her.