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Senior Year Reflections

Posted on by Kenley Turville

IMG_2901September 2005. What was on my mind: homecoming, football games, AP chemistry homework, dance company practice, and finding a lunch line that wasn’t too long. Thus began my senior year of high school at a large public school in Utah. Continue reading

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STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Madisen Keavy

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

MadiIntroPostI’m Madisen and I am so excited to be joining the USC Admission Blog, where hopefully, you’ll come for a personal insight into what it’s like to be a Trojan! I’m a junior (where has the time gone?!) studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism, with a minor in Communication and the Entertainment Industry. Basically, I like to say I’m getting a degree in talking and in writing. My hometown is Visalia, California. Many don’t realize between two metropolitan areas of this great state sits the Central Valley. Since starting USC, I’ve traded open fields for city skylines and I couldn’t be happier to feel more like a SoCal native every day!
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New year, new look, new content!

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

Hey Internet! Some changes are a-comin’ to the USC Admission blog. We will soon be debuting a bit of an updated look but the biggest change will be our shift in content. Kenley, Sanjeev and I (Sam) are going to start writing more about our college search, application and selection process to reflect on what it was like for us but more importantly how we think it might relate to you and what you’re going through now. We also have some new student bloggers joining our team who will also be reflecting on their journey to USC and also sharing their experiences and helping to guide you.
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STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Drew Schwendiman

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

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Hey guys! My name is Andrew Schwendiman but please just call me Drew. Andrew is too formal and my parents only call me that when they’re mad at me (which is almost never…). Anyways, I was born in Chicago but raised in New Jersey. No, I never watched the Jersey Shore and I barely watched the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but please try to test me on pop culture.

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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

Things 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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