Category Archives: Los Angeles
May 25, 2017
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.
April 6, 2017
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!
March 30, 2017
Are you an incoming freshman? Welcome to the Trojan family! Take a look at these special posts to get a glimpse of the adventures that await.
March 3, 2017
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.
November 30, 2016
Last month I bent the laws of time and space so I could catch a glimpse of what my undergrad experience would have been like had I been a music industry major. I had a fabulous time and learned a lot, but there are still so many other majors to try! So this time Ms. BB is going back to school…as an accounting major!
October 13, 2016
Quinn and me: I feel like our choice in glasses accurately reflect our choice in majors…
Though I LOVED studying English in college (it’s useful—I promise!), I’m a little curious about all of the other majors out there. What if I had chosen to study something entirely different? Would time and space be irrevocably altered?! Probably not, but at the very least I would have had a totally different college experience. I decided the only way to know was to “go back” to school…this time as a Music Industry major!
March 15, 2016
April 1st, while right around the corner, probably feels like a million miles away for those waiting to hear from colleges. We get it…the waiting game is the worst! Here are some ideas of how you can pass the time while we wrap up the process on our end.
March 3, 2015
March is a pretty awesome month. Spring is right around the corner, we are wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it’s my birthday month! We know it’s tough waiting to hear back from us and we’ve written about how to stay busy during this time. While you all are waiting for us to send out final decisions, we are putting in long hours to get everything out to you on time.
Here’s a photo diary of us capturing some candid moments in between all that hard work:
January 22, 2015
What are you going to be when you grow up? What do you want to study in college? What job are you going to get after you graduate? These are the types of questions that you may be hearing from many different people in your life. Is it stressing you out? I know for darn sure it was the most stressful part about the college process when I was in the thick of it. Now, the people who are asking these questions mean well, even if it feels like they are all up in your business sometimes. I understand that you have to walk that fine line between understanding that and making sure you are able to express your own voice.
Are you not sure what you are going to be when you grow up? Are you not sure what you want to study in college? Are you not sure what you are going to do after you graduate college? Now, read carefully….IT IS OKAY! If you are not sure about the future, do not worry. You do not have to know what you want to be when you grow up yet. You do not have to decide on what to study in college yet. You do not have to focus on what is going to happen after you graduate from college yet. While these questions have good intentions, they shift your focus on the end result rather than the journey. Going to college is all about the growth that you experience during the journey.
December 18, 2014
You’ve written the personal statements, hunted down that letter of recommendation, kissed the computer screen for good luck, and finally submitted that college application! Yay! Now what? Get a chair and go sit next to your mailbox until April. Get to know your mail carrier and try to bribe them with all of the leftover Halloween candy you still have stashed away. Alright, can we not? You can do plenty of things to keep yourself occupied while you wait for those decisions.
Applying to colleges is no simple task. It’s actually pretty challenging and can be draining. We get that and we understand that you have been working extra hard. Once the application is submitted, let us do our thang and get to know who you are. It does take us a while to get through the many applications we receive. Since we do read every single one, you’ll be hearing from us around April 1st. There’s a lot you can do between now and then. I know you’re already thinking about the financial aid applications, so I won’t go into that right now. I will go into reminding you that you’re a senior in high school! It’s time to start enjoying your last year in high school and getting back to the things that you put on the back burner for those college apps.