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GUEST BLOG: March is my Favorite Month

March 23, 2017

So much happens in March. Not only do we spend much of the month meeting with high school juniors during their spring breaks, but we’re also on the road ourselves, visiting high schools, as well as reading and discussing applications; which is why I’m writing today. You heard it here first: USC admission decisions are in the mail and most of our first-year applicants should receive an information packet or letter from us within the next 48-72 hours.

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What’s the Deal with TA’s?

March 16, 2017

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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Student Highlight: Merit Scholar, Hima Rajana

March 9, 2017

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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Guest Blog: Politics at USC and in Los Angeles

March 3, 2017

Presidential debate watch party, phone banking for Secretary Clinton, panel discussion on the role of the media in politics, and a Bernie Sanders rally–all in one week.  True, USC may be no historical hotbed of political protest like UC Berkeley and Los Angeles may be no Washington DC, but as a student, a wealth of political opportunities on and off campus lies at a finger’s touch.

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Alumni Perspective: The Trojan Family 2,600 Miles From Troy

February 23, 2017

Applying to USC began as a novel concept for me. Growing up in suburban Massachusetts it was highly likely that I would attend school in Boston. However, something deep inside me wanted to do something unique. I wanted to do something amazing, memorable, special and above all become part of something bigger than myself. I think that’s why I chose USC in my heart long before I did in my head.

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What’s Next for Transfer Applicants?

February 16, 2017

Congratulations, transfer applicants! You have all submitted your USC applications at this point and are likely a few weeks into your spring semester. After putting so much effort into getting your application materials together, your wheels may still be spinning a bit. Thankfully, you can pull back a little now, but here are some next steps for you to keep in mind as you settle into the spring:

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GUEST BLOG: SATurday Morning at USC

February 10, 2017

Why would two college educated professionals want to put themselves through the SAT Exam? That is a good question considering our 17 year old selves vowed never to take that exam ever again. The answer is simple: we want to be the best admission officers in America. To better understand our prospective freshmen, we took things to the next level and decided to spend a day (or half a day technically) in your shoes!

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Student Highlight: Transfer Student, Xavier Garcia

February 2, 2017

As our application deadline for Transfer applicants just passed, we wanted to hear from a Transfer student here at USC. This month we’re meeting Xavier Garcia a junior from Sacramento, California. He is a pre-med student majoring in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Public Health. His passion is studying the health disparity in low income communities by focusing on social determinants of health. He is also active in Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education, volunteers with Schools on Wheels to mentor and tutor homeless children in Los Angeles, as well as volunteers with Kicks with Kids. Xavier also speaks about the Norman Topping scholarship, a scholarship that I hold dear to my heart through my own involvement as an undergraduate student. The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is a scholarship (and an incredible resource on campus) available for first-year, transfer, and graduate applicants to apply. In fact, the Freshman application is coming up on February 21, 2017 and the Transfer applicant is due May 21, 2017 but for more information go to usc.edu/ntsaf.

-Natalie Guevara

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An Update on Updates

January 26, 2017

Last month I explored some ideas about how you could best use your time as you wait to hear back from USC. But I just wanted to update you all on something I thought of in the meantime…and that would be updates (and check-ins and communiques of all sorts)! The proverbial phone works both ways here: we may need to be in touch with you, and you may need to be in touch. Let’s explore the when and why of college applicant communications!

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GUEST BLOG: New Semester, Same Me

January 20, 2017

Hey guys! I hope everyone enjoyed their winter breaks! I know I loved having a month off to relax and sleep after a stressful but fulfilling first semester. I spent most of time watching Netflix and hanging out with my family, but what a great way to prepare myself for this semester. I’m finally done with all my major prerequisites, and am now getting into more ISE classes and ITP classes (will explain later). So, I’m dedicating this blog post to all the classes I’m taking, and kind of what they are about and how they correlate to my major, concentration, and minor!

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