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Category Archives: Admitted Students

November 13, 2014

No Shortcuts: Cuz ur not talkin to ur bff

IMG_1427Submitting a college application is a big step. I remember sitting at my computer reading the preview of my application over and over. And over and over again. I’m not kidding – I probably read it over 50 times to make sure everything looked ok.

I didn’t have a lot of direction in this processes. I didn’t have a college guidance counselor, and I was the first in my family to attend a four-year college. But I knew that I wanted to put my best foot forward and present myself in the most positive way possible. I made sure to highlight my greatest achievements and my strongest extracurricular activities. And in my essays I was sure to emphasize my interest in each institution. I was thoughtful about why each college or university was on my list, so that made it easier to communicate to those institutions as to why I wanted to attend each school.

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August 14, 2014

Must-haves for Move-in

It is almost here. That thing you’ve been waiting for. Planning for years. It is finally here. move-in blogCollege! Move-in day is just around the corner, so you better start prepping now. For most of you, this will be your first time away from home, so there are items that you’ll need to pack that you haven’t had to think about. It is also important to remember that you’re moving into a small space. You don’t need to pack your entire life for college. There are a lot of items that you won’t need. College can be busy and hectic enough, so keep your belongings light and your dorm neat will keep you a happier, healthier student. Here are some of my favorites from my time in college:

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July 31, 2014

Important Financial Aid Information for Admitted Students

Completed Orientation? Check. Registered for your first semester of classes? Check. Paid the first semester’s student account bill? Ummm…
This month, students and families will receive their first bills from the university, so we’d like to share some tips and advice for managing your costs and making use of the resources the university has to offer.

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May 13, 2014

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

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.

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May 9, 2014

Finish Strong & Fight On!

     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!

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May 1, 2014

Get Oriented With USC


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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April 24, 2014

GUEST BLOG: 5 Things All Spring Admits Should Know

     ***My colleague and fellow USC Admission Counselor, Vivika Demel, is a USC Alum. I just recently discovered that she happened to be admitted into the spring semester at USC. She was gracious enough to share her personal experience on the following guest blog. Read on for an inside look into what it’s like as a spring admitted student.***

     As a former spring admit, I understand the confusion many of you might be experiencing right now. I remember receiving my big envelope, reading my acceptance letter from USC, and then realizing I was admitted for the spring.

“What does spring admission even mean?,”

I thought, “Why me? Does it mean I was not good enough for fall?”

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