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April 27, 2016

GUEST BLOG: Cardinal, Gold, and Rainbow: LGBT Life at USC

HLavender Lounge 1owdy! My name is Michael Gorse, and my pronouns are he/him/his. I currently work as the graduate program manager at the LGBT Resource Center at USC, where we provide support services and programming/event opportunities for all LGBT and ally students. We work to create a more welcoming campus climate for all minorities and work closely with the three other cultural centers (Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA), and El Centro Chicano) to provide safe spaces for students to be themselves.

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April 12, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: But USC was my Dream!!!

Katrina PhotoUSC has been my dream school since I was seven years old. As a child, game day was a big event in my household where my family and I would go all out… dressed in our best cardinal and gold from head to toe, ready to cheer on the Trojans! After my older sister was accepted into USC, my family anticipated that I would soon follow. I did well in high school, I was very involved, and most importantly, I was ready to be a Trojan.

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March 23, 2016

GUEST BLOG: The wait is (almost) over!

All of our freshman admission decisions are in the mail and most applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.

I am very proud of the admission team’s accomplishments. They have worked tirelessly for months doing all the things required to recruit USC’s class of 2020: they spent much of last year traveling the world, getting countless high school seniors excited about USC; they hosted tens of thousands of campus visitors, showing them all aspects of our vibrant campus; and they spent more than 30,000 staff hours (the equivalent of fifteen years of full-time work for one person) reading and deciding the outcome of the largest applicant pool in USC’s history.

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April 10, 2015

GUEST BLOG: I Was Denied From USC–But Now I’m Here!

dave blog picI had been a fan of USC football and frequent visitor of the campus for almost six years when I received a letter telling me I had been denied admission. USC was, by every metric, my dream school, top of my list. When friends or family asked where I wanted to go to college, USC was the default answer. For a while, after receiving my deny letter, I refused to entertain the notion of having anything to do with USC. I had invested so much of myself into USC that it hurt me on a deep level to be denied.

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March 24, 2015

GUEST BLOG: I Love When A Plan Comes Together

Processed with VSCOcam with g2 presetTens of thousands of packets and letters are beginning to make their way through the U.S. postal system. We began reading on October 29th and just finished our last committee discussions less than twenty four hours ago. Believe me, we have needed and used every single minute over the last several months to select this class. More than 30,000 staff hours (the equivalent of fifteen years of full-time work for one person) have been spent reading, evaluating and discussing candidates.

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January 27, 2015

GUEST BLOG: Focus On The Opportunities That Lie Ahead

MIKE Blog PicCollege admission has now been my career for nearly eight years, but prior to jumping onto this side of the desk, I spent two years as a high school counselor in my home state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s “college counselor,” so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those two years, due to my role as moderator of the Student Council, I was able to get to know a number of seniors who were going through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am sure will leave a great number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a particular meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.

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