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Category Archives: Los Angeles

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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December 7, 2013

New Student Blogger: Andrew Minassi!

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          Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Minassi and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering here at USC. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and like many others from here, I simply could not leave the amazing weather behind during my college career. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university with a great deal of school spirit, and I had found just that at USC (and the fact that my older brother attended USC may have also played a role in influencing my desire to join the Trojan family).

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May 2, 2013

Jump-Start Your Career With USC Internships

     USC is a university with numerous research opportunities, a rich campus life and an interdisciplinary approach to education that allows students to pursue disparate academic interests. Ultimately, our hope is that these attributes will prepare students to be leaders and innovators and to contribute to the world after they graduate. Part of that preparation means giving students opportunities for internships; to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Through internships students are exposed to different occupations and gain real life experience.

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April 30, 2013

The Alumni Network: A Family Affair

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          At USC, our alumni network is so strong… so tight-knit… so unique… that we even have a special name for it: The Trojan Family.

          You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Trojan Family, or at least some reference to it. Yet it’s hard to truly understand the ways in which the Trojan Family manifests itself without actually experiencing it first-hand. Here, I will do my best to give you a sense of what it is all about.

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February 27, 2013

I Love LA!


In the next couple months, recently admitted students, along with big waves of prospective students on their spring breaks, will be visiting our campus. Because Mid-March through April is our busiest time for visitors, guests should make their reservations early. I wanted to highlight some things about this beautiful city that I love. I have been living in Los Angeles for the last 9 years and there are still things I haven’t done, but this is a personal “Must See” list that I’ve compiled for LA visitors. I hope you enjoy!

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February 14, 2013

A Valentine’s Day Tale of Two Trojans

          Valentine’s Day is upon us, and what better what to celebrate than by sharing a love story that is near and dear to our hearts.

          It was Fall of 1986, and our esteemed Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan, was just a mere freshman studying Cinema at USC. Kirk lived on the “Cinema Interest” floor of the dorm, mostly inhabited by other film guys and only a few girls (in those days, the School of Cinematic Arts had a male majority). One of those girls was Julie- or “Bubbles” as her friends affectionately called her because of her big, bubbly personality.

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October 16, 2012

Space Shuttle Near Campus

USC’s campus experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event last month when the space shuttle Endeavour flew over campus on the top of an airplane. Now that the shuttle has completed its last flight, it has found a permanent home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park located directly across the street from USC!

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June 5, 2012

Comments Are Now Open!

It’s finally summer here at USC, which means our campus is quieter, the days are warmer, and our office is wrapping up making transfer decisions and gearing up and preparing for next year. Since we have a little more free time on our hands, we thought now would be a great opportunity to get to know our blog readers a bit better! We’ll be opening up the comments section on a few blog posts, starting with this one.

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