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"I knew when I came to USC that I was going to major in political science, and thought I was going to be a high-powered attorney," explains Class of 2011 member HAKEEM JEFFERSON. But as is often the case, plans change once you become fully immersed in college life.


Two professors — Drs. Bobby Donaldson and Todd Shaw — kept Hakeem on the edge of his seat in class, and before long he decided to become a college professor as well. Shaw also helped Hakeem conduct undergraduate research on the 2008 presidential election, which prepared him to ask tough questions and find answers as he pursues a graduate degree and begins his career.


In addition to extensive involvement in Student Government, Hakeem was also a University ambassador, leading tours of 25–30 people. The experience improved his communication skills and helped him connect with people, which he considers hallmarks of the best professors.