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Category Archives: Student Bloggers

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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December 10, 2013

New Student Blogger: Cole Jones

          Hi, my name’s Cole and four months ago I started my senior year at USC. In less than one month I’m going to revisit my roots for a week during winter break, which makes that seem even more unreal because Alvin, Illinois couldn’t be more opposite from LA: population 316, no traffic light, and a nearby school mascot named the “Cornjerkers.” This is decidedly not Chicago.
         This is also part of the reason why coming to USC was terrifying. I felt ill equipped both academically and mentally to even apply to some of the schools that I did, let alone move more than 2,000 miles away. At orientation I met people whose entire family had attended USC and people who were so emphatic about what they wanted to do in college and in life.

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December 7, 2013

New Student Blogger: Andrew Minassi!

          Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Minassi and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering here at USC. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and like many others from here, I simply could not leave the amazing weather behind during my college career. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university with a great deal of school spirit, and I had found just that at USC (and the fact that my older brother attended USC may have also played a role in influencing my desire to join the Trojan family).

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May 23, 2013

5 Ways to Make the Most of your Time at USC

Destination Photography Project      Hi everyone! This will be the last student blog of the academic year. Your admission staff will continue to blog throughout the summer, but the students will take the summer off from blogging. Until then please enjoy the following blog by Cricket Oles!
———————————————————————————————————————————————–     These past couple of weeks, I have seen the inside of a library more than I have seen my One Direction poster that hangs over my bed. In other words, my schoolwork really picked up this past month. I, like many others,  always considered myself a good student. I knew to study well before exams and to not put papers off until the last minute. When I first came to USC, however, I soon realized that college is very different from high school. Not only is the level of coursework different, but there is also more independence and a level of personal responsibility to  balance work, activities, and a desire to have a somewhat fun social life.

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May 6, 2013

When In China

     Nihao! (Hello!) I can’t tell you how excited I am to share my Global Leadership Program (GLP) experience in China with you!

     To give you a brief summary on GLP, it is an invitational year-long class for freshman Marshall business students that incorporates guest lectures from notable business professionals who graduated from USC, as well as Chinese culture and history lessons to prepare students for a week-long trip to Shanghai and/or Beijing for spring break. Aside from sightseeing and bonding with classmates, students have the opportunity to get the inside look at various thriving companies in China and learn more about what it takes to be successful in business as the world rapidly globalizes.

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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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April 16, 2013

My Favorite Student Organization: Engineers Without Borders

     Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a nonprofit organization that implements sustainable engineering projects around the world. The EWB chapter at USC was founded in 2006 and consists of USC students and engineering professionals who  have worked on designing a water purification system for a small village in Honduras called La Estanzuela. This community consists of about 300 people that had been lacking access to clean water. They had no other choice but to collect contaminated river water, which was a lengthy hike away. Consuming this water caused many diseases and prevented proper hydration.

     Through Engineers Without Borders, I was able to travel to Honduras for nine days over winter vacation. As students, we designed and built a water pump delivery system to fill a 10,000- gallon tank, which is now connected to many of the homes in this village.

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April 12, 2013

Spring (Admission) is in the Air

         This past week was Spring Break and while many of my friends were abroad either with family, friends or other students on a service trip, I chose to go home and rest up (read: lay on my couch with my dog). It gave me a lot of time for some introspection. I realized that next week marks two years since receiving my acceptance letter to USC. I’ll never forget nearly jumping out of my car to grab the giant envelope on the brick steps in front of my house (it was obviously too large to fit inside the mailbox). I immediately called my grandfather (a former Trojan) and could hear the pride and joy in his voice. I finally opened the letter and almost missed the subtle line stating that I was admitted for Spring of 2011.

         “Did you check the wrong box when you applied?” my best friend teased.

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April 4, 2013

Introducing…Chris Guanzon!

          My name is Chris and I’m a senior at USC. My time at USC is quickly coming to an end, but the past four years have been an amazing experience.

         I have an uncontrollable passion for composing the moving image: there is something about the camera that entices me. Holding the camera in my hand allows me to show others what I want them to see and what I am imagining. I love experimenting when it comes to cinematography. I am a technical artist that paints with light and movement!
         Critical Studies students in the School of Cinematic Arts don’t focus too much on production and the hands-on curriculum.  At first, being admitted into this program was a letdown for a person who wanted to do production after college. However, my mindset quickly changed when I took a few classes and realized that Critical Studies was the best major for me.

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