October 12, 2017
At the end of my first week at USC, my alarm blared to life at 5:30am on a Saturday and I had to wonder if I was making a huge mistake.
It wasn’t the first time the thought had crossed my mind – from the moment I signed up at orientation, during the grueling 7:00am to 10:00pm camp just before school began, and while juggling my first week of classes and practices. I had a sinking feeling I was in over my head. However, if there was one mantra drilled into me throughout the course of the week long camp, it was that Trojans never quit. It was with this logic that I soon found myself surrounded by over 300 USC Trojan Marching Band members on an already blazing hot September morning, ready to embark on a four-year journey.
October 5, 2017
Weighted, unweighted, academic – there are so many versions of this little number. Some schools even calculate the GPA out to the thousandth place as if there were any material difference between a student with a 3.876 and a 3.877. Some students even believe they don’t have a GPA simply because their school does not print it on the transcript (here’s a hint: if you get grades, you have a GPA, it’s just math).
September 30, 2017
For my first blog post, I am going to share a little about how I discovered occupational therapy! Now, I would be lying if I said that I had always known that this was my dream career. In fact, I spent most of my life dreaming of becoming an elementary school teacher. This dream may have been slightly influenced by the fact that my Mom and Grandma were both elementary school teachers—but, regardless, I was confident that I would follow in their footsteps. With a love for working with children and a desire to make an impact, I figured this was the most practical career for me to pursue.
August 31, 2017
The city of Los Angeles provides many opportunities for our students to experience impactful cultural experiences, and it is a priority for us to highlight this in our admission presentations around the world. Exposition Park, just south of USC, houses a few venues that USC students, faculty, and staff can enjoy. In addition to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – where our Trojans, and as of this past year, the Los Angeles Rams, face off against visiting teams – the area is currently home to three museums that offer fun and thought-provoking exhibits.
August 24, 2017
After Wednesday’s return to the USC campus, my textbooks are finally stacked, notebooks labeled, pencils sharpened, and of course, pointe shoes sewn. Trademark college adjustments (groceries and laundry, check) have dominated my schedule, but finally settling in has given me the chance to look forward to the best part of being back: creating with my family.
August 11, 2017
Class starts at 12:00. She enters at 11:59:25 with a coffee in one hand, blazer sleeves rolled, glasses perfectly askew and staple hoops shimmering. With an anecdote about a candid phone conversation with a high-profile media outlet or a funny, animal-centered YouTube video, she’s off. Inexplicably, Stacy (That’s what she’ll ask you to call her. She’ll learn your name and you’ll learn hers) is knee-deep in a presentation of her team’s research by 12:04. Your pen furiously scribbles across the page as Stacy, with her collar popped, insists that evidence for her arguments are “in the research.” Invested in the lecture, you fail to note that 200 of your peers are now looking at you in the back row as Stacy Smith, from 70 feet away, has briefly paused her lecture to inquire about your new haircut.
July 13, 2017
If you had asked me three years ago, Hey Alex-where do you think you’ll be July 2017?, I don’t think I would have even come close to saying Taipei. It’s hard to even pick a place to start describing how unique and eye-opening this summer has been for me.
July 6, 2017
If you are considering USC and you plan to be in the Los Angeles area, we encourage you to come visit us on campus. We offer a number of programs and opportunities to tour and learn about USC. For starters, we offer admission tours Monday through Friday at our Admission Center in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
June 29, 2017
As many of you prepare to begin your college career in just a few short months, take some “cheesy” advice from an entering junior at USC. For those applying to college this year, consider Clare’s experiences when exploring different schools. She just finished her sophomore year and has some friendly words of wisdom.
June 1, 2017
USC students began their summer breaks a couple weeks ago, but we have many students participating in summer programs, internships, or unique courses such as our Maymester programs. Maymester programs are held in the weeks following graduation and vary in length from two to four weeks. Many are offered throughout the university with opportunities to travel domestically or internationally. Next week, we will highlight a student participating in an Annenberg Maymester program in New York, but in the meantime, check out this video.