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All posts by: Natalie Guevara

April 28, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Dornsife Admission’s Decision Time

The National Candidate Reply Date of May 1st is coming up fast and students are making their final decisions. We know that choosing a college is rarely an individual decision, and one you’ll make with your family, friends, and teachers. For this blog, Lily shares her thoughts and advice with her younger brother as he goes through the decision-making process.

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March 9, 2017

Student Highlight: Merit Scholar, Hima Rajana

Over the past few weeks our office has hosted a group of newly admitted students who are being considered for a merit scholarship. We wanted to highlight Hima Rajana, a sophomore and scholarship recipient from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Computer Programming. This year, Hima is involved in the Trojan Scholars Society (TSS) as the Director of Service. Apart from TSS, Hima is involved with the USC Helenes, a spirit and service organization, serving as one of the official hostesses of the university. She is also a counselor with USC Troy Camp, a USC Dornsife Ambassador, a trip lead with Peaks and Professors, and a research assistant at the Brain and Creativity Center. In her free time, she enjoys conquering LA’s mountains, dreaming up endless combinations of sweet and savory oatmeal, and looking up photos of cute dogs.

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February 2, 2017

Student Highlight: Transfer Student, Xavier Garcia

As our application deadline for Transfer applicants just passed, we wanted to hear from a Transfer student here at USC. This month we’re meeting Xavier Garcia a junior from Sacramento, California. He is a pre-med student majoring in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Public Health. His passion is studying the health disparity in low income communities by focusing on social determinants of health. He is also active in Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education, volunteers with Schools on Wheels to mentor and tutor homeless children in Los Angeles, as well as volunteers with Kicks with Kids. Xavier also speaks about the Norman Topping scholarship, a scholarship that I hold dear to my heart through my own involvement as an undergraduate student. The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is a scholarship (and an incredible resource on campus) available for first-year, transfer, and graduate applicants to apply. In fact, the Freshman application is coming up on February 21, 2017 and the Transfer applicant is due May 21, 2017 but for more information go to usc.edu/ntsaf.

-Natalie Guevara

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December 23, 2016

Student Highlight: Trojan Marching Band Member, Rylee Epperson

One of my favorite parts of USC is our band, also known as “The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe.” I remember the first time I heard the band play when I was admitted to USC. I was so excited and I get that same feeling of excitement to this day upon hearing the sounds of the horns. The band is part of what brings the Trojan Family together as we universally recognize the Fight Song and begin to throw up our V for Victory signs. Now, it’s hard to portray the sound of the band in a blog, but we hope you’ll appreciate hearing a little more about the experience of one of our band members. Hear what Rylee has to say about his experience in the USC Marching Band.
-Natalie Guevara

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December 2, 2016

Student Highlight: Student Athlete, Gussie Johns

Gussie JohnsThis month for student highlight we are hearing from a student athlete, Gussie Johns. Gussie is from Washington, DC. She is a junior at USC majoring in Business with a focus in Entrepreneurial Business and considering a minor in Sports Media. She spends a lot of her time with her involvement in the USC Women’s Lacrosse Team but loves spending her free time going to the beach and spending time with her teammates. We hope that you enjoy hearing more about Gussie’s experience as a student athlete at USC.
 

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November 4, 2016

Student Highlight: Out-of-State Student, Matt Solowan

For this month’s installation of Student Highlights we have Matt Solowan. So there’s a couple things I want to preface about Matt, and as his admission counselor, I feel the need to brag a little bit. Matt is from Long Island, NY with a double major and double minor (no that is not a mistake!). He is majoring in Economics and Italian, with minors in Dance and Web Technologies & Applications. On campus, Matt is involved in University Student Government (USG) on the Diversity Affairs Board and is Co-Director of Scholars Leading Scholars. Recently, Matt was accepted to study abroad in Milan taking economics classes at Università Bocconi. Oh, and did I mention that he’s graduating next year…meaning he is somehow accomplishing all this in 3 years?! It’s safe to say that Matt is amazing, so I hope you all enjoy hearing a little more about his perspective as an out-of-state student.

-Natalie Guevara

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September 27, 2016

Student Highlight: USC Student Body President, Edwin Saucedo

thumbnail_DSC_5318Hey All,

It’s Natalie Guevara and I’m excited to start working with our blog. While coming up with topic ideas, I thought of common questions we get from prospective students and one of my favorites is always: what’s it like to be a student at USC? And although I’m an alumna of the university and had my own great experiences…I really want you to hear from current students with a bigger range of majors/involvement/background/etc. So rather than hear about all the cool things I have to say (many of you get enough of that), I’ll find current students to tell you about their experiences. For our first installment, we have Edwin Saucedo, the Student Body President for the Undergraduate Student Government. He is originally from South Gate, CA and is set to graduate this coming May 2017. Check out what he had to say.

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