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Reinvention 101

Posted on by Sanjeev Chahal

Besides packing your things and picking out what you’re going to wear on the first day of college, you have a lot to think about. About 98% of freshmen do live on campus and they have a blast! One of the many benefits to living on campus is being able to connect with someone on a personal level by living with them. Having the opportunity to get to know someone from a different background is a huge part of the college experience. It is also a chance for you to start fresh, be the person who you’ve always wanted to be, and blossom into that beautiful butterfly. You know, all of the clichés that we tell you not to write about in your college essay.
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Must-haves for Move-in

Posted on by Kenley Turville

It is almost here. That thing you’ve been waiting for. Planning for years. It is finally here. move-in blogCollege! Move-in day is just around the corner, so you better start prepping now. For most of you, this will be your first time away from home, so there are items that you’ll need to pack that you haven’t had to think about. It is also important to remember that you’re moving into a small space. You don’t need to pack your entire life for college. There are a lot of items that you won’t need. College can be busy and hectic enough, so keep your belongings light and your dorm neat will keep you a happier, healthier student. Here are some of my favorites from my time in college: Continue reading

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No, seriously, what DO admission counselors do over the summer?

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

Homeboy IndustriesWe’ve talked a lot about how summer is the slowest season in admission and how important it is for us to relax.  Contrary to what may be popular belief (do you even think about us over the summer!?), we do find ways to keep ourselves busy throughout the summer months.  From fabricated things like Chicken-Nugget-Offs and water bottle jousting to more important tasks like hosting high school counselors and developing a new way to track the more than 700 college fair invitations, rarely are we just sitting around doing nothing.

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Opening in 5,6,7,8…

Posted on by Sanjeev Chahal

ballerina-at-backstageThings are moving and shaking at USC. No, I’m not talking about me listening to Britney Spears. USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is gearing up for a spectacular launch. It’s the first new school to be opened at USC in 40 years! I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Aubert-Santelli at the Kaufman School of Dance and she gave me the low down about what’s going on at the newest dance school on the block.


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Important Financial Aid Information for Admitted Students

Posted on by Kenley Turville

Completed Orientation? Check. Registered for your first semester of classes? Check. Paid the first semester’s student account bill? Ummm…
This month, students and families will receive their first bills from the university, so we’d like to share some tips and advice for managing your costs and making use of the resources the university has to offer. Continue reading

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Relax, It’s Summer!

Posted on by Kenley Turville

beach biking6:00am alarm, shower, eat breakfast, pack lunch, race out the door to catch the Expo line. Arrive at USC. Reply to emails. Review applications. Give a presentation. Meet with Admission Committee. Read more files. Listen to voicemails. Reply to more emails. Catch the train home. Head on a run. Shower. Crash in my bed.

High school students have a similar hectic schedule during the academic year. But replace review applications with attend class. And you’re practicing a sport or prepping a debate instead of attending an Admission Committee meeting. I am aware that the school year is busy, which is why it is important to take some time to relax. Continue reading

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It’s A Small World After All

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

Joel, Meredith and Sam

Have you ever wondered if the email you addressed to Rice but sent to USC traveled between the two schools?  Did your high school counselor really used to sit next to your admission counselor at your dream school?  Are they actually still friends?  How did the YouTube video you made for your high school open house make it to the admission counselor who is interviewing you?  Did the Director of Admission at UCLA really used to work at USC!?


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It’s me, Sanjeev!

Posted on by Sanjeev Chahal

Sanjeev
Hi! I’m Sanjeev and I am so excited to be the newest member of our Blog Team. I enjoy working with all of my students from the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and South New Jersey. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and I graduated from UC Merced in 2009. I was a member of the founding class of the university and the experience changed my life! I was a tour guide all 4-years and I loved walking backwards and telling the best jokes that everyone always laughed at! After graduating with the inaugural class in 2009 I jetted off to the University of Vermont where I earned a Master of Education in 2010 and learned what a real winter is. Seriously, you guys, it gets way below 65 degrees on the east coast!

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Top 10 Must-do’s for Rising Seniors

Posted on by Kenley Turville

photo (21)Listen up, rising seniors! Summer will fly by, and the first day of school will be here before you know it! I’ve listed my top 10 suggestions for you to do over these next few months. Here we go!

1. Write a draft of your personal statement. I know, I know. This can be overwhelming. But once you get that first draft completed, it will (mostly) be smooth sailing from there. You’ll provide yourself with plenty of time to edit. Continue reading

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Owning Your Admission Process

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

photo (2)Living at home is amazing. I moved back into my parent’s house for the first three months of graduate school and was happy to do laundry without quarters, not worry about the functionality of my wireless internet (Pictured: trying to train my cat to fix my internet) and not have to parallel park every evening. I happily allowed my parents to take over the mechanics of my life again but was very ready to move out, even though it meant having to call Time Warner Cable/Kaiser/everywhere on my own. For many high school students, the college application process is the first big process they are navigating on their own. Certainly we expect parents and counselors to help guide a student, but here are five things I think every high school student should do to help them own the process instead of letting their parents take the lead.
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