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June 22, 2017

Conferences: A True Underdog Story

Each June, the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission turns up in full force to the Western Association for College Admission Counseling conference (affectionately known as WACAC) . In addition to networking with high school and college counselors and CRUSHING IT in the dodgeball tournament, my coworkers and I were able to attend a variety of informational sessions. We are excited to apply what we learned to our work as admission counselors and thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about the topics covered. Take a look at what we learned and, if you’d like to hear more about any of these subjects, let us know in the comments section!

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June 20, 2017

The Trojan Family: Legacy Students Applying to USC

While visiting high schools and attending college fairs, the USC admission counselors often connect with members of the Trojan Family who have a daughter or son who is considering USC. These parents may wonder, “how much does legacy status really impact a student’s application?”

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May 18, 2017

The Trojan Family: Parent Engagement with Maria Riley

It’s a conflicted feeling. The culmination of years of patience and support, a parent’s daughter or son has achieved the remarkable feat of being accepted to college. Pride radiates in heavy doses as they glow with the knowledge that their child is on track to follow their dreams and take the next steps toward adulthood! But, while the prospect of one’s child attaining self-sufficiency (along with the maturity to finally do their own darn laundry) is surely a nice one, the thought of losing touch with their world can be devastating. At USC, however, we understand that releasing the reins is no easy task – that’s where Maria Riley comes in.

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May 11, 2017

Student Highlight: Graduating Student, Dru Chavez

At USC, graduation celebrations are in full swing now that students have completed their finals. Tomorrow, the Class of 2017 will become #USCGrads. In honor of these celebrations, we wanted to highlight a graduating senior as he reflects on his time at USC. Meet Dru Chavez, a native from San Pedro, CA. We’ll let him tell his own USC story, but you may have already met him on campus as one of our amazing tour guides. Best of luck to Dru as he heads to Boulder, CO to begin his job at Google. Fight On!

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May 4, 2017

Will My Courses Transfer?

If you look up the word “articulation,” you’ll find a good number of definitions…none of which explain what articulation means in the transfer admission process. So what are we talking about when we say articulation? And how does it affect you?

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April 28, 2017

GUEST BLOG: Dornsife Admission’s Decision Time

The National Candidate Reply Date of May 1st is coming up fast and students are making their final decisions. We know that choosing a college is rarely an individual decision, and one you’ll make with your family, friends, and teachers. For this blog, Lily shares her thoughts and advice with her younger brother as he goes through the decision-making process.

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April 13, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’d like you to think back to a year ago (back when you still believed that junior year was going to be the hardest…lol) and appreciate the vast distance you have covered. You have gone from figuring out what type of college might be a good fit and considering possible majors to actually applying to specific schools and programs. You have written essay upon essay, filled out form upon form, and you probably never want to meet another tour guide again (though you totally want to be one next year). I’ve got good news for you–the end is in sight!

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March 16, 2017

What’s the Deal with TA’s?

Ah, spring time! The lilies are blooming, the robins are singing, and many students are using their spring breaks to visit colleges. At nearly every one of the college information sessions you attend, you are likely to hear that ubiquitous phrase spoken with pride, “No courses are taught by TA’s!” This is a point commonly made by admissions representatives, so it made me wonder…what do TA’s actually do?? (And why are we supposed to dislike them?)

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March 9, 2017

Student Highlight: Merit Scholar, Hima Rajana

Over the past few weeks our office has hosted a group of newly admitted students who are being considered for a merit scholarship. We wanted to highlight Hima Rajana, a sophomore and scholarship recipient from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Computer Programming. This year, Hima is involved in the Trojan Scholars Society (TSS) as the Director of Service. Apart from TSS, Hima is involved with the USC Helenes, a spirit and service organization, serving as one of the official hostesses of the university. She is also a counselor with USC Troy Camp, a USC Dornsife Ambassador, a trip lead with Peaks and Professors, and a research assistant at the Brain and Creativity Center. In her free time, she enjoys conquering LA’s mountains, dreaming up endless combinations of sweet and savory oatmeal, and looking up photos of cute dogs.

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