Hi everyone! This will be the last student blog of the academic year. Your admission staff will continue to blog throughout the summer, but the students will take the summer off from blogging. Until then please enjoy the following blog by Cricket Oles!
———————————————————————————————————————————————– These past couple of weeks, I have seen the inside of a library more than I have seen my One Direction poster that hangs over my bed. In other words, my schoolwork really picked up this past month. I, like many others, always considered myself a good student. I knew to study well before exams and to not put papers off until the last minute. When I first came to USC, however, I soon realized that college is very different from high school. Not only is the level of coursework different, but there is also more independence and a level of personal responsibility to balance work, activities, and a desire to have a somewhat fun social life.
Here at USC, we pride ourselves on being reflective of the diverse metropolis that houses us: Los Angeles. When you come to USC, you will be surrounded by students and faculty members alike from all over the country and from all across the globe. In fact, there is no ethnic majority at USC, and ten percent of last year’s freshman class was made up of international students.
Within the United States, the most represented geographic areas at USC are California, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Washington. Outside of the U.S., the most represented areas are China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, India, and Mexico.
To give you a brief summary on GLP, it is an invitational year-long class for freshman Marshall business students that incorporates guest lectures from notable business professionals who graduated from USC, as well as Chinese culture and history lessons to prepare students for a week-long trip to Shanghai and/or Beijing for spring break. Aside from sightseeing and bonding with classmates, students have the opportunity to get the inside look at various thriving companies in China and learn more about what it takes to be successful in business as the world rapidly globalizes.
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USC is a university with numerous research opportunities, a rich campus life and an interdisciplinary approach to education that allows students to pursue disparate academic interests. Ultimately, our hope is that these attributes will prepare students to be leaders and innovators and to contribute to the world after they graduate. Part of that preparation means giving students opportunities for internships; to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Through internships students are exposed to different occupations and gain real life experience.
At USC, our alumni network is so strong… so tight-knit… so unique… that we even have a special name for it: The Trojan Family.
Hello everyone! My name is India Bulkeley and I’m a sophomore from New York City. At USC, I am majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Photography & Social Change and am planning on adding an additional minor in Consumer Behavior.
When I’m not in the classroom or studying in Leavey Library, I’m involved in a variety of different organizations on campus. First, I am a mentor in the organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E), which educates 8th grade girls in four local middle schools on topics such as healthy relationships, nutrition, safe sex, etc. I also have two jobs on campus: I work as an Admission Intern in both the Admission Center and the Dornsife Office of Admission. As an intern, I have been able to act as a liaison between prospective students, families, visitors and the University. I also have worked as a photographer for both The Daily Trojan and El Rodeo (USC’s yearbook) and have played on the USC Club Squash Team.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a nonprofit organization that implements sustainable engineering projects around the world. The EWB chapter at USC was founded in 2006 and consists of USC students and engineering professionals who have worked on designing a water purification system for a small village in Honduras called La Estanzuela. This community consists of about 300 people that had been lacking access to clean water. They had no other choice but to collect contaminated river water, which was a lengthy hike away. Consuming this water caused many diseases and prevented proper hydration.
Through Engineers Without Borders, I was able to travel to Honduras for nine days over winter vacation. As students, we designed and built a water pump delivery system to fill a 10,000- gallon tank, which is now connected to many of the homes in this village.
This past week was Spring Break and while many of my friends were abroad either with family, friends or other students on a service trip, I chose to go home and rest up (read: lay on my couch with my dog). It gave me a lot of time for some introspection. I realized that next week marks two years since receiving my acceptance letter to USC. I’ll never forget nearly jumping out of my car to grab the giant envelope on the brick steps in front of my house (it was obviously too large to fit inside the mailbox). I immediately called my grandfather (a former Trojan) and could hear the pride and joy in his voice. I finally opened the letter and almost missed the subtle line stating that I was admitted for Spring of 2011.
“Did you check the wrong box when you applied?” my best friend teased.