Torero Bios

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Torero Bio: Keeley Copeland

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience 
Minors: Biomedical Ethics, Chemistry 
Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 
Campus Activities: Ambassadors Club VP of Tour Guide Recruitment, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Scholastic Assistant, Undergraduate Research Assistant, USD Medical Brigades, Teaching Assistant

"Because the classes at USD are so small, the professors really get to know who you are. Every professor I’ve had has known my name and made an effort to get to know me, not only as a student in their class, but as a person.

Last year, I worked with a professor as her research assistant, and our research team ended up presenting at the Creative Collaborations research conference, which was an amazing experience. In Fall 2017, I will be participating in the Scripps Mercy Trauma Surgery Internship, which is offered exclusively to USD students. I’ll be able to shadow physicians in the trauma surgery unit and will get unparalleled clinical experience in a hospital, something that I wouldn’t have been able to do if it weren’t for USD.

After I graduate, I’m planning on attending medical school. Not only have my advisors helped me find great experiences and make plans for reaching that goal, but they’ve also inspired me along the way."

Torero Bio - Keeley
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Torero Bio: DeZell Lathon

Major: Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Minors: Communication Studies
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi 
Campus Activities: USDtv Creative Director, Student Outreach & Recruitment (SOAR) Tour Guide, Ambassadors Club, Student Support Services, Black Student Union

"I love being a part of the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies department. We are a small program, so we know all of the faculty on a personal level and they really pay attention to our needs and wants as artists.

My professors have had an extreme impact on my experience here at USD. I can tell they truly care about my growth as a student and a professional. I actually received my first internship after just three days of being on campus, at one of the most popular theaters in San Diego, the San Diego Repertory Theater. I worked as an assistant to the Artistic Director. I got the internship after a visit that I took to the theater to watch a musical while attending Summer Bridge, a pre-orientation program.

I plan to study abroad in the spring of my junior year in Rome. While there, I will be taking a film production class, which will look great on my production resume. Once I graduate, I plan to move to LA to pursue a career in film acting and directing. I also plan to start a film production company that will focus on promoting representation for those who aren’t typically seen in mainstream media, such as the LGBTQ community, people of color and women."