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Category Archives: Student Bloggers

September 27, 2016

Student Highlight: USC Student Body President, Edwin Saucedo

thumbnail_DSC_5318Hey All,

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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April 12, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: But USC was my Dream!!!

Katrina PhotoUSC has been my dream school since I was seven years old. As a child, game day was a big event in my household where my family and I would go all out… dressed in our best cardinal and gold from head to toe, ready to cheer on the Trojans! After my older sister was accepted into USC, my family anticipated that I would soon follow. I did well in high school, I was very involved, and most importantly, I was ready to be a Trojan.

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March 19, 2015

5 Questions Answered About Spring Admission

keavy photoIt’s the time of year that admission officers across the country are finishing reading applications and making sure everything is set in time to mail their notifications. At the other end, applicants are anxiously waiting by the mailbox or busily refreshing their email inboxes anticipating their decisions: Admit, Waitlist, or Deny. At USC things work a little differently. First of all, all decisions will be sent by postal mail. Secondly, we do not have a waitlist. That’s right, instead of wait listing students, we have opted to guarantee students a spot in the freshman class, but starting a semester later, in January 2016. We call it Spring Admission; admission to the spring term instead of the fall. Many times students admitted to the spring are surprised, maybe even a bit disappointed, and have a lot of questions about what it means. The most important thing is to remember it means that we want these students to come to USC, which is why we admitted them! One of our student bloggers, Madisen Keavy, was a spring admit for January 2014 and wanted to answer five questions she had when she was admitted to the spring semester.

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February 9, 2015

STUDENT BLOG: So You Want To Go Greek?

KeavyPost2 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.

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February 2, 2015

STUDENT BLOG: Friends from Coast to Coast

drewbeachIt’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.

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December 2, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Talk to Students

557345_4027174953110_1714567013_nLast 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!).

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November 24, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: December 1

BSR-Ex-031Do you want to know the real reason why winter seems so short? No, it’s not because of all the sleep you get when snow locks you inside your house. It’s because it’s actually the shortest season, at 89 days. BUT, I’m going to pretend I didn’t just Google that so I can write the intro I planned in my head. Winter seems so short because there are so many special days! It begins on October 3, the day Aaron Samuels tells Cady Heron what day it is. Then, Halloween on October 31, followed by Thanksgiving, which happens to be on November 25 this year, and then there’s all the religious holidays, of which I celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24, Christmas on December 25, Day After Christmas (that’s a thing, right?) on December 26, and New Year’s Eve on December 31 and then New Year’s Day on January 1! Phew, that was a mouth full. BUT, there’s one more day I left out: December 1, the merit scholarship deadline for Undergraduate Admission at USC.

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November 20, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: No Te Preocupes!

1461060_10202053288869119_1366154377_n“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!

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November 12, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Bye Bye Reach Schools

There was a time in high school when I would look up a university’s cost of tuition and immediately discount it from my application list because of a price tag that seemed absolutely impossible to be able to afford. If it wasn’t tuition, the statistics about the average admitted student GPAs and test scores surely discouraged me. It seemed as though there was always something that would hold me back or give me a sense of unworthiness to even apply to such highly recognized colleges even if I really wanted to attend. Luckily, I was able to have people around me who told me otherwise and instead encouraged me to focus on just how unique I was.  

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