Category Archives: On Campus
May 19, 2016
Many transfer students are beginning to hear from us with decisions. If you haven’t already, don’t panic. We will contact everyone by June 1st with either a request for spring grades or a decision. Which basically means more waiting…sorry. For those of you have already been admitted, or are wondering what the next steps will be if you are admitted, this blog’s for you.
April 27, 2016
Howdy! 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.
February 16, 2016
Check out a current student’s experience at Explore USC! Ashley Sacks is a freshman at USC and is excited to share her experiences with all of you!
January 19, 2016
Say hi to Eric! He’s on Contact today and loves warm hugs.
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:
February 9, 2015
Academics, internships, athletic teams, performance groups, research, student organizations, and leadership groups–all have one glaring commonality, they create communities. Within the larger USC student body, we’re all given opportunities to meet and network with students beyond our majors, minors, and areas of academic interest. I’ve done this through Trojan Vision and the Admission Center, but surprisingly I found yet another community when I chose to join the Greek Community.
February 2, 2015
It’s a new semester! Some new faces, some old ones, but definitely not the same faces I saw everyday for 17 years back at home. When I visited my parents in Hong Kong over break, they asked me if I stayed in touch with anyone from my childhood. Um, of course? It’s not that hard keeping in touch with friends from home while you’re at school, especially since almost everyone has a Facebook, Instagram, or at least a cell phone! Or so I thought. When I went back to my hometown of Summit, NJ for a few days, I learned that maintaining old friendships is harder than it seems. But it doesn’t have to be.
December 2, 2014
Last Monday I was walking by the Campus Center when I noticed a family staring at a campus map. They didn’t look like there were making much progress, so I walked over and asked what they were trying to find. “The Admissions Center,” the father informed me. I pointed him and his family towards the Campus Center and told them it was on the second floor. I was already heading that direction, so I walked with them for a bit, asking their son what he wanted to study (he was a junior in high school) and what he thought of USC. He commented on how big the university seems, to which I responded by telling him about how he could find a smaller community through clubs, which I talked about in another blog post. I wanted to keep talking to him, giving him advice, and sharing about how great USC is, but he and his family wanted to go to the Admissions Center and I had to realize that I’d left my bike and car keys on a bench (they were still there when I retraced my steps!).
November 20, 2014
“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!
October 23, 2014
At this point during my senior year, I was still figuring out the list of schools to which I would apply. This was stressful! There are so many schools with so many variables: big, small,public, private, in-state, out-of-state, strong athletic programs, emphasis on arts. I quickly became overwhelmed.