Camille Orozco ‘22
Major: Music (Vocal Studies), Political Science
How did you decide to become a Music major?
I grew up in Los Angeles and studied music at the Colburn School of Performing Arts through high school, where I took voice lessons, theory classes, and was in the choir. When I first came to LMU, I had declared a major in political science, considering that it better represented the “academic” side of me. That same year, I joined the Women’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Mary Breden and realized just how much I missed the study of music and decided to audition to add it as my second major. I soon saw that Music is just as academic a field as any other and my experience in the department has been incredibly fulfilling.
Tell us a little about your time at LMU!
In addition to my double major and singing with the Women’s Chorus and Consort Singers, I am also the outgoing Executive Vice President of ASLMU (Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University) and have been involved in the student government organization all four of my years at LMU. My freshman year I joined at the end of the Spring semester to fill a vacancy in a First Year Senator position and haven’t left the organization ever since. After that I was elected to serve as Senator for Diversity and Inclusion for two years in a row and even led our organization’s first ever impeachment trial. I ran for Executive Vice President alongside one of my longtime friends Brion Dennis as President on a campaign to “Build Back the Bluff” and I am incredibly proud of our work to strengthen the student community this year.
Additionally, I am a member of Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Honors Society and Phi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society. Pre-pandemic I was a student employee at the Hannon Library Department of Archives and Special Collections. I was also a member of Sursum Corda Service Organization, which focused on alleviating food insecurity across LA.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I’ve always wanted to get into law and plan to attend law school one day. For now, I have decided to take a gap year and gain some work experience after graduation. I’m also plan to pursue professional singing opportunities during my time off from school.
While it’s scary to be looking for a job right now, I feel that the experiences and education I received at LMU has prepared me for anything. I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to apply my classroom education into the real world through my extracurricular involvements. I greatly credit my years of service on ASLMU for molding me into an outspoken and kind leader and for giving me valuable transferrable skills.
LMU’s Jesuit value of “cura personalis,” or care for the whole person, is one that I will absolutely take with me after graduation. This mission has reframed my vision of the future I will have in law, as I plan to care for the whole of all persons in line with a social justice framework.
What will you miss most about LMU?
Other than the beautiful sunsets on the Bluff, I think I will mostly miss the sense of community that I found at LMU – it's what I missed most while we were in remote learning and what inspired me to run for ASLMU Executive Vice President. If anything, I would like to think that my final year at LMU helped strengthen the community I love so much after two years apart. I’ll also miss singing in Sacred Heart Chapel as a member of Consort Singers. The community of singers, friends, and mentors in Consorts has truly been a highlight of my four years.
What advice do you have for underclassmen?
"College is a unique time where you can truly dedicate yourself to your passions and expand your interests. Curious about Russian literature? Take a class! Want to sing at an open mic? Go for it! There is so much that LMU has to offer, you can really make the most out of your time here. LMU has so many resources for students as well as incredible staff and faculty members who are truly dedicated to helping all students have a fantastic college experience."