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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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November 20, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: No Te Preocupes!

1461060_10202053288869119_1366154377_n“No te preocupes!” Spanish for, “don’t worry,” this phrase captures a deep rooted change in my personality that I owe largely to the opportunities USC has given me.

During high school and my freshman year of college, I was generally high-strung and judgmental. Endless AP classes, pressure to perform, and the competition to get into a high ranking university will do that to you! My first year at USC, I began to loosen up a bit, but was still too future-oriented. I made sure to have a spring semester internship at a political consulting term and took a practice LSAT over Christmas break. Who does that?

Not to say that I’m not still ambitious, but today I am much more laid back. My path to the future that I want and my image of what that future looks like have broadened and blurred. Present pressures and inhibition have relaxed. My priorities have changed. And I’m okay with that!

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July 17, 2014

Relax, It’s Summer!

beach biking6:00am alarm, shower, eat breakfast, pack lunch, race out the door to catch the Expo line. Arrive at USC. Reply to emails. Review applications. Give a presentation. Meet with Admission Committee. Read more files. Listen to voicemails. Reply to more emails. Catch the train home. Head on a run. Shower. Crash in my bed.

High school students have a similar hectic schedule during the academic year. But replace review applications with attend class. And you’re practicing a sport or prepping a debate instead of attending an Admission Committee meeting. I am aware that the school year is busy, which is why it is important to take some time to relax.

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April 12, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Vision and Voices – The Arts and Humanities Initiative at USC!

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     This past week, I have been religiously calling 102.7 KISS FM to win tickets to the upcoming Dodgers game with a chance to meet-and-greet with Robin Thicke! I know this sounds really desperate, but the thing is, I have never won anything from a radio contest! I really thought that I would have a good chance, but some other dedicated radio listener won the tickets…

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March 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Spring Break Recap

Just a few weeks ago as Trojans were deep in the heart of midterm season, it appeared that spring break just could not arrive fast enough. As spring break is nearing its end, one simply cannot help but troll through an endless number of photos of how peers spent their spring breaks. From countless snap chats of students on an exotic vacation, on an alternative spring break, and working, one thing became clear: Trojans do not waste a second of their spring break. So, I sought out some amazing snaps and put together a photo stream of just how Trojans spent their time off.

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March 23, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Simplifying Your Campus Visit

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Four years and a few months ago I embarked on a weeklong tour of colleges on the East Coast. This was my first time traveling, my first time in a big city, my first time using a crosswalk, and, consequently, my first time almost getting run over by a New York taxi—all with only my cousin in tow. The combination of navigating a new city and worrying about how to decide where to spend the next four years of my life made this trip extremely stressful. Here are a few tips to simplify a campus visit, from student to student.

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February 9, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: You’re Not A USC Student Until…

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          When the Coachella lineup was announced a few weeks ago, I expected nothing less than an enormous blow up of social media statuses. Don’t get me wrong, seeing the lineup did make me scream like a preteen girl at a Justin Bieber concert (too soon?). However, I totally underestimated that about ninety-nine percent of all these tweets and statuses were coming from all my friends at USC. Typical USC student behavior, I thought. Then I started to think of all the things USC students do, and the sort of traditions that Trojans pass down year after year. So I decided to compile a list of things that you practically should do in order to be a real USC student. So here we go.

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