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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 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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October 13, 2016

Ms. BB Goes Back to School…as a Music Industry Major!

I feel like our choice in glasses accurately reflect our choice in majors... 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!

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March 15, 2016

Raise your hand if you hate waiting…

maizy and sawyer meme 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.

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March 3, 2015

Photo Diary

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:

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January 22, 2015

Umm IDK

101686-i-dont-know-girl-meme-Imgur-vJYp    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.

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December 18, 2014

Are We Having A Moment Or Nah?

65521820_697334_445267490_nYou’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.

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November 20, 2014

Me Time?

IMAG2214You’re stressed, over worked and just want to sleep in. It’s the time of year where your calendar is jam packed with everything from school work to the college application deadlines that you’ve been dreading. We want you to work hard to manage your time and meet all deadlines. However, sometimes you may need to focus on “me time.”

You’re probably wondering what “me time” is. Well, it’s a personal time you set aside to regroup, refocus, and relax all by yourself. “I have no time for myself, Sanjeev! Colleges won’t accept me if they know I was being lazy!” Just breathe, you’ll be fine. Numerous, very official studies have shown that taking time for yourself to do something you enjoy can help make you more productive in all of your tasks. I’m an unofficial researcher on this topic, so I’ve done many studies on me time to see if it really helps and the results show that it does!

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