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Category Archives: On Campus

April 25, 2013

USC: A Global Experience


          USC prides itself on being a “Global University,” but what exactly does that mean? For starters, we have more international students than any private institution in the country (15% in last year’s freshman class!). We believe that having students from different countries around the globe contributes to a positive learning environment by allowing for various viewpoints and opinions to be highlighted in the classroom.

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April 25, 2013

Introducing…India Bulkeley

     Hello everyone! My name is India Bulkeley and I’m a sophomore from New York City. At USC, I am majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Photography & Social Change and am planning on adding an additional minor in Consumer Behavior.

     When I’m not in the classroom or studying in Leavey Library, I’m involved in a variety of different organizations on campus. First, I am a mentor in the organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E), which educates 8th grade girls in four local middle schools on topics such as healthy relationships, nutrition, safe sex, etc. I also have two jobs on campus: I work as an Admission Intern in both the Admission Center and the Dornsife Office of Admission. As an intern, I have been able to act as a liaison between prospective students, families, visitors and the University. I also have worked as a photographer for both The Daily Trojan and El Rodeo (USC’s yearbook) and have played on the USC Club Squash Team.

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March 30, 2013

Introducing….Larissa Purnell

          Hello everybody! My name is Larissa Purnell, although some of my friends like to call me “Smiley,” “LarLar” or my personal favorite, “Smileylarlar”.  No, I’m not joking about people calling me by that name. I only have myself to blame for these nicknames because I’ve always hoped to be the person who will brighten someone’s day with a smile. In all actuality, the smile sticks because of all the opportunities I’ve been blessed to experience in my life. What I’ve accomplished today alone would be a perfect example of the types of opportunities I’m talking about!

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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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January 30, 2013

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait…Hopefully

So it’s been a while since you’ve submitted your last college application. The stress and anxiety you felt from meeting deadlines, submitting test scores, following up on letters of recommendation, are all gone. You may have a few free weekends in the future where you can actually relax. But then again, there is still that one nagging question, the one that keeps you up at night: What colleges are going to accept me?

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January 8, 2013

New Year, New Bloggers

Everyone  here in the admission office is looking forward to what the new year has in store. One change that is already upon us is some new voices on the admission blog. Meredith Schweitzer Britt will stay on as our veteran blogger, but as you may have read in the previous post, Corey Marquetti will be moving on to other responsibilities in our office.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves:
Courtney Wilk: Hi! My name is Courtney, and

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December 20, 2012

Visiting Campus over the Holiday Break? No problem!

I spent part of my Monday morning at USC’s bookstore while our file review system was temporarily down.  In the midst of finding the exact size and item that I was looking to buy as a Christmas gift for a family member, I took a moment to pause and look around—the bookstore was incredibly busy!  I wondered what was going on and realized that not only are finals winding down this week, but students are preparing to go back home for the holiday break and were also doing some last-minute gift shopping. 

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November 13, 2012

Discover USC Open House

In just a few days, our campus will be hosting the annual Discover USC Open House on Sunday, November 18.  This large all-day event is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to explore campus.  Campus tours will be available throughout the day, in addition to various sessions covering topics such as academic programs, campus life, the admission process and financial aid.  Whether it’s your first time visiting campus or your 20th visit, Discover USC is a wonderful chance to interact with our staff, faculty and current students and to get to know the various academic departments on a deeper level.

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October 23, 2012

Family Weekend

This past weekend, USC hosted its annual Family Weekend to welcome parents and families of current students to campus. Guests were able to attend classes with their student, hear from President Nikias, cheer on the Trojan football team, and take part in many other events throughout the weekend.

One special program showcased a conversation with Gary Tuchman, a CNN National Correspondent. We are fortunate to have him provide his perspective on being a proud parent of two USC students as a guest blog contributor this week.  Keep reading to hear a USC parent’s perspective.

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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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