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Archive for April, 2013

April 30, 2013

The Alumni Network: A Family Affair


          At USC, our alumni network is so strong… so tight-knit… so unique… that we even have a special name for it: The Trojan Family.

          You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Trojan Family, or at least some reference to it. Yet it’s hard to truly understand the ways in which the Trojan Family manifests itself without actually experiencing it first-hand. Here, I will do my best to give you a sense of what it is all about.
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April 25, 2013

USC: A Global Experience


          USC prides itself on being a “Global University,” but what exactly does that mean? For starters, we have more international students than any private institution in the country (15% in last year’s freshman class!). We believe that having students from different countries around the globe contributes to a positive learning environment by allowing for various viewpoints and opinions to be highlighted in the classroom.

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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 11, 2013

Your (Financial Aid) Questions: Answered!

          It’s been great to hear from so many excited admitted students, but we know that many families still have lingering financial aid questions. We thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the common questions we have received and have the Office of Financial Aid respond. Please see the post below for answers to common questions you may have about financial aid at USC:

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April 10, 2013

Next Steps for Admitted Students

April is a busy month for an admission counselor, but it’s a different type of busy than recruiting on the road or reading applications.  At USC, we are meeting and greeting admitted first-year students and their families at 15 different on-campus events, in addition to dozens of off-campus receptions in cities around the U.S. and abroad!  On top of that, we’re all anxiously checking to see which students have decided to commit to enroll at USC.  The ball really is in your court now.

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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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April 3, 2013

I’m a Spring Admit! Now What?

The wait is finally over!  You received the long-awaited thick envelope from USC with your admission decision inside and opened it excitedly to see you were admitted to the spring term.  I’m sure many of you thought, “What exactly is a spring admit, anyway?”

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