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Category Archives: Guest

August 24, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Family’s first day back

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.

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August 11, 2017

Guest Blog: Stacy Smith Is Not Your Average Professor

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.

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July 13, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Hello from Taipei!

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.

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May 25, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Summer Vacation is Upon Us!

From what I have been told, I am now a grownup, and with that, I no longer get the glorious 2 ½ month summer vacation I so much enjoyed when I was a teenager. Nevertheless, even for those of us who work in college admission, the summer months of June, July, and half of August provide some time to relax, reflect on the year that was, and start setting the table for what we hope is another fruitful admission cycle. And while we here at USC certainly admit that campus is a bit less exciting with all our students out and about for the summer, we would be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the slightly shorter lines at the many eateries around campus, but that is beside the point.

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April 6, 2017

GUEST BLOG: A High School Counselor’s Perspective

Hannah Wolff is a College Counselor at Langley High School in Northern Virginia.  She visited USC last fall for our annual High School Counselor Fly-In.  Here she shares her perspective on USC and some of the reasons her students choose to attend.  Also, she’s the best!

 

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March 23, 2017

GUEST BLOG: March is my Favorite Month

So much happens in March. Not only do we spend much of the month meeting with high school juniors during their spring breaks, but we’re also on the road ourselves, visiting high schools, as well as reading and discussing applications; which is why I’m writing today. You heard it here first: USC admission decisions are in the mail and most of our first-year applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.

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March 3, 2017

Guest Blog: Politics at USC and in Los Angeles

Presidential debate watch party, phone banking for Secretary Clinton, panel discussion on the role of the media in politics, and a Bernie Sanders rally–all in one week.  True, USC may be no historical hotbed of political protest like UC Berkeley and Los Angeles may be no Washington DC, but as a student, a wealth of political opportunities on and off campus lies at a finger’s touch.

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February 23, 2017

Alumni Perspective: The Trojan Family 2,600 Miles From Troy

Applying to USC began as a novel concept for me. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts it was highly likely that I would attend school in Boston. However, something deep inside me wanted to do something unique. I wanted to do something amazing, memorable, special and above all become part of something bigger than myself. I think that’s why I chose USC in my heart long before I did in my head.

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January 20, 2017

GUEST BLOG: New Semester, Same Me

Hey guys! I hope everyone enjoyed their winter breaks! I know I loved having a month off to relax and sleep after a stressful but fulfilling first semester. I spent most of time watching Netflix and hanging out with my family, but what a great way to prepare myself for this semester. I’m finally done with all my major prerequisites, and am now getting into more ISE classes and ITP classes (will explain later). So, I’m dedicating this blog post to all the classes I’m taking, and kind of what they are about and how they correlate to my major, concentration, and minor!

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