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Category Archives: Staff Bloggers

November 4, 2016

Student Highlight: Out-of-State Student, Matt Solowan

For this month’s installation of Student Highlights we have Matt Solowan. So there’s a couple things I want to preface about Matt, and as his admission counselor, I feel the need to brag a little bit. Matt is from Long Island, NY with a double major and double minor (no that is not a mistake!). He is majoring in Economics and Italian, with minors in Dance and Web Technologies & Applications. On campus, Matt is involved in University Student Government (USG) on the Diversity Affairs Board and is Co-Director of Scholars Leading Scholars. Recently, Matt was accepted to study abroad in Milan taking economics classes at Università Bocconi. Oh, and did I mention that he’s graduating next year…meaning he is somehow accomplishing all this in 3 years?! It’s safe to say that Matt is amazing, so I hope you all enjoy hearing a little more about his perspective as an out-of-state student.

-Natalie Guevara

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November 3, 2016

Top 7 Things to Avoid in Your Application (Why 7? Why not?!)

Keep CalmSo the time has come for students to put pen to paper and write their Common App essays, respond to short answer questions, and discuss how they would contribute to campus life. That’s right…it’s time to edit and revise your college applications. For some of you, this is a moment you’ve been anticipating. Whether you are applying to a school you’ve had your eye on for a while or are still open minded, it’s inevitably a big moment in every student’s life. The moment you hit submit…

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October 13, 2016

Ms. BB Goes Back to School…as a Music Industry Major!

I feel like our choice in glasses accurately reflect our choice in majors... Quinn and me: I feel like our choice in glasses accurately reflect our choice in majors…

Though I LOVED studying English in college (it’s useful—I promise!), I’m a little curious about all of the other majors out there. What if I had chosen to study something entirely different? Would time and space be irrevocably altered?! Probably not, but at the very least I would have had a totally different college experience. I decided the only way to know was to “go back” to school…this time as a Music Industry major!

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October 10, 2016

Top 5 Things Admission Counselors Do On The Road

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During the fall of each school year, I travel…a lot.  I wake up early, catch flights across the country, and search the Hertz parking lot for rental cars with backup cameras.  During this time, I’m hardly ever at my desk, I’m meeting tons of awesome students, and learning about the cool and exciting things students are doing.  But when I’m not on an airplane or at the rental car counter, here’s what I’m probably doing…

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September 27, 2016

Student Highlight: USC Student Body President, Edwin Saucedo

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It’s Natalie Guevara and I’m excited to start working with our blog. While coming up with topic ideas, I thought of common questions we get from prospective students and one of my favorites is always: what’s it like to be a student at USC? And although I’m an alumna of the university and had my own great experiences…I really want you to hear from current students with a bigger range of majors/involvement/background/etc. So rather than hear about all the cool things I have to say (many of you get enough of that), I’ll find current students to tell you about their experiences. For our first installment, we have Edwin Saucedo, the Student Body President for the Undergraduate Student Government. He is originally from South Gate, CA and is set to graduate this coming May 2017. Check out what he had to say.

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September 20, 2016

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor: Recruiting Students in NYC

johnny_blogQuestion: Have you seen that movie, Admission with Tina Fey? Is your job really like that?

Yes, I’ve seen that movie. In fact, I watched it on a Virgin America flight a few years ago on my way to NYC for one of my recruitment trips (How meta is that?) Tina Fey plays an admission counselor from a highly selective university, and there’s a scene of her doing high school visits that made me giggle a little too hard in my aisle seat (ok, fine…it was a middle seat). Tina does several vocal warm-ups and psychs herself up before reciting the same exact presentation about her school several times a day. This week starts my first recruitment trip of the season in New York City, and I’ll be visiting four to five high schools a day to chat about the USC experience. Our applicant pool is large and diverse and my applicants’ understanding of USC and the college admission process will vary dramatically. Following are some of the places where you’ll find me meeting students this fall in the Big Apple!

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September 8, 2016

What to Avoid When You’re Applying (or how to conquer your senior fall)

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Senior year is tough! You’re in your hardest classes to date, you’re taking on more and more responsibilities, you’re hitting a milestone almost every week…and then we ask you to apply to college. 12th grade may never be easy, but you can certainly make it less hard. Though each student’s college process is unique, there are a handful of behaviors/mind sets that I have seen cause unnecessary stress time and time again. Some call them the Four Horseman of the Common Appocalypse (and by some I mean me), but they are all avoidable if you know how to recognize the signs!

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September 2, 2016

Top 10 Signs You’re a Trojan at Heart

Move in dayHi everyone and welcome back!! Can you believe that another school year is upon us??? It seems like we were just wrapping up last year’s admission cycle and now we’re getting ready to head out on the road again to visit all of you! We hope you enjoyed summer and found some time to relax.

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May 19, 2016

Dear Admitted Transfer Students…

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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.

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