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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

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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

Posted in Applying to USC, Staff Bloggers |

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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Posted in Applying to USC, Staff Bloggers |

Google Me, Maybe?

Posted on by Sam Schreiber

googlemeWhether you think social media is the downfall of a generation or you can’t imagine living without it, there is no question that it has become embedded in the lives of most high school and college students.  So, how do you maintain a social media profile that shows your personality and allows you to connect with friends but is also appropriate should someone who doesn’t know you stumble upon it?


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Not-So-Lazy Summer Days

Posted on by Kenley Turville

KWIL Great wallIt has been sizzling hot on campus, which can only mean one thing: summer is here! As a high school student, you have so many opportunities in the summer, not to mention three months without school! I spoke with a few colleagues around the office to see how they filled their favorite summers. Here is what they had to say:
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Posted in Applying to USC |

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello (Hello, Hello)

Posted on by Jomar Gomez

photo     After a year and a half of (virtually) working with you, our followers, I find it bittersweet to say that this is my last blog post. Today is my last day at USC. Sharing my voice through the blog has been such a fun learning experience. I was able to discover a passion for web development and user design/experience, and I am excited to say that I will be moving on to continue working in that field!
     I am forever grateful for the time I’ve spent at USC and I can’t say enough about my personal and professional development while I’ve been here. The people who work here are GREAT at what they do; you are all in good hands. It is particularly inspiring to work every day alongside colleagues who truly care about this work. They are colleagues, but I am honored to also call them friends. Continue reading

Posted in Admitted Students, Applying to USC, On Campus, Staff Bloggers |

Finish Strong & Fight On!

Posted on by Jomar Gomez

Finishing-Strong
     Hey, high school seniors! We all know that summer is around the corner. For Southern California residents, it’s already here (at least it was for a week). You are ready to stock up on suntan lotion and your attention span is getting shorter and shorter in class. I know it can get difficult but hang on a little longer. Don’t give in! Continue reading

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Get Oriented With USC

Posted on by Jomar Gomez

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May 1st is here. You’re committed. We’re so excited. You’re relieved. HOORAY! Time for the next step.

Sign up for USC Orientation!

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