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Sera Choi Leads New RSG as President

By Diane Ver Steeg Anderson

Sera Choi leads the Residential Student Government.Photo by Dietmar QuistorfSera Choi leads the Residential Student Government.

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, who is a junior majoring in neuroscience in 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 through six boards that put on programs throughout the year that are “not only social, but also cultural, educational and community outreach-related.”

Choi’s tenure started out with a name change for the 25-year-old organization that was previously known as University Residential Student Community (URSC) and 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 as well as 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 freshman because she was interested in leadership opportunities and enjoyed a challenge. 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, 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 in different ways 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,” said Choi. “We have a very goal-oriented and focused population of students, and it is helping me become a better individual and leader.”