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"Somerville was a great experience and I made a lot of friends who will help me achieve my goals. There is definitely a bond created through the experience and I have brothers and sisters as an outcome of my freshman year on the floor. I had a lot of help with my academic and business ventures as I also learned numerous life lessons while staying amongst my peers. Somerville was the first to inform me of the numerous activities on campus and it encouraged me to be involved in campus life. The Resident Advisors care about the students and create ways for the floor to bond with one another which is helpful when entering a college campus for the first time. It brings similar personalities and cultures together and allows new students to create and maintain friendships."
Marcus Payne Communications Major, Music Industry Minor Somerville 2007-2008
“Somerville 07 was a great year! It was a home away from home. The RAs made the floor what it was, including myself, helping not to just be active in the black community but in USC as a whole. Staying on Somerville helped me stay well informed about events, activities, and organizations on campus. It helped me develop as a young man, making the transition to live away from home less complex. If not for Somerville, I think other students would not know the type of people they know today, especially in the black community. Somerville does not force you to just hang out with black students, but it enhances the opportunity to hang out with black students when you want to.”
Charles Jacobs Undeclared (interested in Communications) Somerville 2007-2008
“Being part of the original Somerville cohort was an exciting experience for me. I stumbled across the opportunity to live on Somerville, which was one of the best things that helped in my transition to college. My cultural awareness began to expand while living on Somerville helping me realize that the black community was so diverse and that there was so much more that I needed and could learn about my own culture and my people. We had so much fun that first year and many of us remain best of friends. Somerville has come a long way over the years and is still evolving to meet the needs of students today.”
Syreeta (Greene) Aboubaker Public Policy and Management Major (1999) Somerville 1995-1996
“Although California is my home, Los Angeles is a big city and I didn’t know anyone when I first came to USC. Luckily, living on Somerville helped give me the opportunity to be around a strong group of friends and a solid community. I know other students who lived off-campus somewhere and they had a difficult time meeting new people because it seemed like all the other students already knew each other. They say life in and after college is not always about what you know, but who you know, and people in Somerville have made long lasting friendships.”
Kola Popoola Film and Television Production Major Somerville 2006-2007