The Inglewood native plans to design buildings in his group after he graduates from USC.
By Blake Carter
Ian Alonzo has been a fan of USC since he was a small little one, and now he’s heading there after he graduates from Rolling Hills Prep.
“I selected USC as a result of ever since I used to be little, I all the time had an admiration for it,” he mentioned. “Once I was younger, my household and I’d watch soccer video games. At first I used to be a fan of the sports activities groups, and as I bought older, I realized that the school is way more than about soccer and sports activities. Once I began researching schools, I realized that they’re not solely among the best packages at sports activities, however absolutely anything that you can imagine, they’re on the high. Once you consider the perfect schools, they’re all the time within the dialog.”
Alonzo, who’s from Inglewood, plans to review structure when he will get to varsity. He took an interest within the subject from enjoying the online game Minecraft, which permits gamers to construct buildings and communities on varied varieties of terrains.
“Me and my pals would play that recreation for hours,” he mentioned. “I used to be all the time fascinated with constructing stuff.”
In center college Alonzo did an artwork challenge the place he featured skyscrapers in Miami. When he travels to different cities within the nation, he additionally pays consideration to the structure of the buildings. Whereas in highschool, he took a course the place he realized about architectural types from the previous.
“I just like the extra fashionable types, however I took an artwork historical past class final yr and I used to be fascinated by the Neo-classical types,” he mentioned. “I used to be actually in a position to study concerning the thought technique of the creators.”
Whereas many locals use their schooling as a solution to depart their communities, Alonzo plans to make use of his skills to assist individuals in Inglewood.
“As soon as I end school, I need to go straight again to my group to assist minority communities thrive, since these communities don’t have as many alternatives as different communities,” he mentioned. “I simply know rising up in my group, I perceive the battle that folks undergo.”
Alonzo has toured USC’s campus, and he has seen how the USC Village, which opened in 2017, was developed to present college students handy entry to a grocery retailer, eating, and retail buying. USC college students have extra entry to contemporary and wholesome meals than individuals who stay in native Black communities.
“Every time we’d go grocery buying, we must go 15-20 minutes to a different space simply to search out good shops,” Alonzo mentioned. “The place because the grocery shops in our space, they aren’t as good. Creating shops which can be extra modernized creates extra job alternatives for those that are unemployed.”
Alonzo additionally desires to handle the homelessness downside in his space.
“There’s a reasonably large homeless inhabitants, and I need to create affording housing for these individuals,” he mentioned.
Many native public colleges have buildings which can be a number of many years outdated. Alonzo desires to present native college students a extra modernized place to acquire their schooling.
“Many colleges in that space are fairly outdated and outdated, so certainly one of my different objectives in redeveloping colleges,” he mentioned.
Alonzo is a really group pushed individual, and he has grown to develop into non secular at St. Anselm Catholic Church in South Los Angeles.
“My household could be very non secular, particularly my grandmother,” he mentioned. “She goes day by day. She taught my mother and my mother’s brothers to be the identical approach, and it got here down on me as properly.”
Alonzo participated in a affirmation program at church.
“It helped me understand that God performs a pivotal function in the best way that we perform,” he mentioned. “He does all the pieces for a motive. It helped me to appreciate that simply waking up each morning is a real blessing. It actually helped me mature.”
Alonzo performs group service by Rolling Hills Prep., and he has an older sister who graduated from Columbia College. She is finding out to develop into a lawyer.