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December 2, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Talk to Students

557345_4027174953110_1714567013_nLast Monday I was walking by the Campus Center when I noticed a family staring at a campus map. They didn’t look like there were making much progress, so I walked over and asked what they were trying to find. “The Admissions Center,” the father informed me. I pointed him and his family towards the Campus Center and told them it was on the second floor. I was already heading that direction, so I walked with them for a bit, asking their son what he wanted to study (he was a junior in high school) and what he thought of USC. He commented on how big the university seems, to which I responded by telling him about how he could find a smaller community through clubs, which I talked about in another blog post. I wanted to keep talking to him, giving him advice, and sharing about how great USC is, but he and his family wanted to go to the Admissions Center and I had to realize that I’d left my bike and car keys on a bench (they were still there when I retraced my steps!).

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November 20, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: No Te Preocupes!

1461060_10202053288869119_1366154377_n“No te preocupes!” Spanish for, “don’t worry,” this phrase captures a deep rooted change in my personality that I owe largely to the opportunities USC has given me.

During high school and my freshman year of college, I was generally high-strung and judgmental. Endless AP classes, pressure to perform, and the competition to get into a high ranking university will do that to you! My first year at USC, I began to loosen up a bit, but was still too future-oriented. I made sure to have a spring semester internship at a political consulting term and took a practice LSAT over Christmas break. Who does that?

Not to say that I’m not still ambitious, but today I am much more laid back. My path to the future that I want and my image of what that future looks like have broadened and blurred. Present pressures and inhibition have relaxed. My priorities have changed. And I’m okay with that!

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October 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Finding Your Niche

10601077_10203796554049659_2073242788_nWhat do you value more: the resources of a large research university or the intimacy of a small school? When I was applying to colleges, I thought I had to choose, but even in my first year at USC I realized that it was completely possible to have both.

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