Yang is set to address the newest class of Trojans at the fall new student convocation on Thursday.
Kaitlyn Yang owes everything to her love of storytelling.
As a young immigrant in the United States, Yang learned English by watching movies. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the USC School of Cinematic Arts as she worked in the film industry as a visual effects artist.
Over the past several years, Yang’s work has also given her a platform to advocate for those living with disabilites. Born with spinal muscular atrophy — a genetic condition affecting muscle movements — Yang is a wheelchair user, accomplishing her goals and encouraging others to do the same.
Yang has worked on acclaimed television shows, started her own visual effects company and launched a nonprofit organization all before the age of 30. These accomplishments led to her making Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2018.
As she prepares to address the newest class of Trojans at the fall 2023 new student convocation, Yang hopes she can encourage new students to not only set goals but continue to push past them to accomplish their dreams.