February 2017 Student Spotlight - Noah Camarena

Name: Noah Camarena
Major: Print and Digital Journalism
Minors: Sports Media Studies and Cinematic Arts
Expected graduation: May 2017
Hometown: Lemoore, CA

Why did you choose to attend Annenberg?
I knew Annenberg would give me countless opportunities in and out of the classroom. I wanted to learn from the best professors and take classes that really spoke to my interests. There is nothing like learning from professors that you look up to and that is exactly what I have been able to do at Annenberg.

Tell us about a great experience or opportunity you’ve had here at Annenberg?
One of the best opportunities I've had at Annenberg was taking a class taugh by J.A. Adande. Professor Adande is someone that I've looked up to for years; someone I've watched on TV every week and always rush to read his articles as soon as they come out. Having the opportunity to learn directly from one of the journalists I respect the most was an invaluable experience and something that I will never forget.

What is one thing at USC that no student should miss?
If you have the opportunity to watch our team in the Rose Bowl, DO IT! It was easily one of the best experiences I had throughout my four years. But in general, always go out of your way to go see guest speakers because you might never get the opportunity to hear from them otherwise and USC gets some of the best speakers to come to campus.

Tell us about an experience you’ve had outside of class (internship, research project, publication, etc):
I've been a public relations intern for the Los Angeles Lakers since my junior year, and nothing beats being in attendance at Kobe Bryant's last game. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced and something I will never forget. The fact that I got to work at the game, see behind the scenes and also get to watch the game was a highlight of my college career.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus would have to be the Admission Center. I've worked there all four years of college, but aside from being the best campus job out there, it was always another home at USC where I could hang out between classes and just enjoy being around great people.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
Find a job (fingers crossed). Eventually I hope to work for the public relations department of an NBA team.