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Amy Nham dual PharmD/MPH degree
After graduating, Amy Nham will complete a residency with Indian Health Service, a federal program that assists American Indians and Alaska Natives. (Photo/Linda Wang)

Driven to help the underserved, first-gen student graduates with dual degrees in health

Born in Vietnam to parents with fifth-grade educations, Amy Nham was taught that learning is the way out of poverty. As one of the first students to graduate from USC with the dual PharmD/MPH degree, she plans to use her skills to help those in real need.

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Shushan Minasian documentary filmmaking
Shushan Minasian worked as a television reporter for seven years in Moscow before coming to USC, where she received a master's in Specialized Journalism. (USC Photo/Olivia Mowry)

USC grad looks to bring her journalism skillset to documentary filmmaking

Shushan Minasian came from her native Russia to L.A. believing in the Hollywood version of the city. Now that she’s seen the real thing, she plans to use her master’s degree from USC Annenberg to tell those stories and more through documentaries.

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Rob Perkins USC music programming
USC Thornton alum Rob Perkins has built a thriving career as a contractor, regularly putting over 100 musicians with their own links to USC to work every month. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Perkins)

For this USC Thornton graduate, the music business is all about family

After years on the road with artists like Michael Bublé, Rob Perkins started a curated music programming business called On the Beat that is fueled by fellow USC Thornton grads, faculty and even current students.