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March 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Spring Break Recap

Just a few weeks ago as Trojans were deep in the heart of midterm season, it appeared that spring break just could not arrive fast enough. As spring break is nearing its end, one simply cannot help but troll through an endless number of photos of how peers spent their spring breaks. From countless snap chats of students on an exotic vacation, on an alternative spring break, and working, one thing became clear: Trojans do not waste a second of their spring break. So, I sought out some amazing snaps and put together a photo stream of just how Trojans spent their time off.

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March 27, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Benefits of Taking the AP/IB Test: A Student’s Perspective


It’s that time of year. The college decisions are coming in; USC’s come out this week! You may have already been accepted by a few, knowing your future is secure and yes you are going to college! Congratulations! Still, what many of my high school senior friends forget is that getting in is not the end of the story. One of the many things still left to do is taking and passing your AP and IB exams.
          Some of you may be thinking, “Seriously, it’s senior year, the last thing I want to do is take another exam.” From my own personal experience and knowledge of USC course curriculum, an AP test that takes a few hours can save you a semester of heartache.

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March 23, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Simplifying Your Campus Visit


Four years and a few months ago I embarked on a weeklong tour of colleges on the East Coast. This was my first time traveling, my first time in a big city, my first time using a crosswalk, and, consequently, my first time almost getting run over by a New York taxi—all with only my cousin in tow. The combination of navigating a new city and worrying about how to decide where to spend the next four years of my life made this trip extremely stressful. Here are a few tips to simplify a campus visit, from student to student.

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February 18, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Your Future is in Your Hands

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         Internships are constantly a topic of discussion around campus. They provide real world experience in fields you may want to go into. Some are paid and some are not though the experience and network have always been the best value I have gotten from an internship. I was fortunate enough to get an internship as early as my second semester freshman year because of USC, through a class called Directed Governmental Leadership. Consequently, I had internships at Project Vote Smart and Gen Next for the next two years.

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February 9, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: You’re Not A USC Student Until…


          When the Coachella lineup was announced a few weeks ago, I expected nothing less than an enormous blow up of social media statuses. Don’t get me wrong, seeing the lineup did make me scream like a preteen girl at a Justin Bieber concert (too soon?). However, I totally underestimated that about ninety-nine percent of all these tweets and statuses were coming from all my friends at USC. Typical USC student behavior, I thought. Then I started to think of all the things USC students do, and the sort of traditions that Trojans pass down year after year. So I decided to compile a list of things that you practically should do in order to be a real USC student. So here we go.

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February 8, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: The Perks of Being Undecided from a Decisive Student


          Growing up, l had always been that girl who knew what she wanted to do every moment of the day. In high school, I participated in various clubs and student organizations I was passionate about, but was unsure as to where all these activities were taking me. I knew my future included attending a four-year university, but I did not know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, let alone study in college. My favorite academic subjects usually depended on the teachers that taught them, instead of the subject itself. Ironically, I left high school with my highest AP score in Calculus BC, even though I had never liked math.

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January 21, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: My Graduation “Bucket List”

         College is different from high school in that you’re entirely responsible for what you take away. Physically, of course, you hope to take away an expensive piece of paper, but by the time you walk away with your degree hopefully you’ll have confidence that you have something that sets you apart from the other 30-something percent of Americans who have a Bachelor’s degree.

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January 8, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: What I Wish I Would Have Known Freshman Year

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          You’re a freshman right now (or about to be), and you are wondering what you can do to make your first year in college as awesome as possible while looking as fabulous as possible. You arrive on campus with expectations of what you want out of your college experience. Well, everyone’s time here at USC is different, and there simply is no single manner of “doing college right.” So, take all those preconceived notions of what you believe college life will be and throw them out of the window of the eighth floor of Pardee Tower.  And just do you.

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December 17, 2013

And Finally… New Student Blogger Katherine Grabar!


          Hi there! My name is Katherine Grabar. I am a junior at USC, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Critical Approaches to Leadership. I come from a “house divided” in Coto de Caza, California where my mother graduated from USC and my father graduated from UCLA. However, I had more than just my mother rooting for me to attend USC– her brother (my uncle) came here as well, and my great-great uncle played football for the Trojans back in the 1930s. When I gained admittance to both USC and UCLA, the choice was tough at first, but I quickly realized that USC was the right place for me. I chose USC for the close-knit feel I got on campus, the pride students had in being students at USC, the Trojan Family, and the feeling of home the campus gave.

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December 14, 2013

New Student Blogger: Aleek Sherikian

         Hello there! My name is Aleek Sherikian and this is my first time writing a blog post for USC’s Undergraduate Admissions Blog. I hope that you enjoy it!

         USC has been my home for the past three years and I am pretty sure it will feel like home for the rest of my life. As a senior at USC I feel a great sense of pride, not only because I attend an amazing university, but also because USC has given me the tools to succeed while in school and after I graduate. There are a few more months left until graduation (153 days to be exact!) and I am excited to see what the future has in store for me.

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