Camille Stafford made it official. The Huntington High School senior signed an NCAA Division I letter of intent to attend the University of Southern California and play lacrosse for the Trojans.
More than 2,800 miles separate USC’s Los Angeles campus from Huntington, but the 43 hour drive doesn’t really faze Ms. Stafford, who can’t wait for the next phase of her life to begin on the west coast.
“I am even more sold on USC today than I was the day I made my verbal commitment,” Ms. Stafford said. “I would say I have a sense of adventure. I love trying new things and I feel like California is going to be a great place to explore.”
USC enrolls 19,000 undergraduates and 25,000 graduate and professional school students for a total student body of more than 44,000. About a quarter of the entire enrollment consists of international students. In the most recent year, 54,282 students applied for undergraduate admission. The campus is located in downtown Los Angeles.
“The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities,” states the college’s website. “An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researcher in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.”
Camille Stafford is flanked by her brother,
Mike and sister, Marissa.
There are thousands of colleges and universities between New York as USC, but Ms. Stafford knows she made the right choice. “I visited California when I was younger and even though USC is far away, I want to experience something totally different from Long Island,” she said.
The teenager is striving to have an exceptional senior year in a Blue Devil uniform. “My final lacrosse season at Huntington is going to be bittersweet,” Ms. Stafford said. “As far as pre-season goes, I have a lot of preparing to do and I’m going to do whatever I can to have an injury free season.”
Ms. Stafford is enjoying her final months at Huntington High School and is clearly looking to go out on a high note. “So far senior year has been really great and really busy,” she said. “I was able to attend at least one game for every sport this fall and I plan on doing the same this winter.”
She might be excited about what lies ahead at USC, but when the whistle blows this spring, Ms. Stafford’s undivided attention will be on helping the Huntington girls’ lacrosse team win games.