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Archive for December, 2013

December 19, 2013

5 Most Common Questions at a Holiday Party and How to Deal With Them

         Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. These might be some of your favorite things this holiday season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be with the ones you love.

But you know what is NOT on my favorite list?

When the ones you love force you to go to holiday parties. Ugh.

Here are 5 situations/questions that you might come up against as a high school student during a holiday party and ways to deal with them.

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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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December 13, 2013

Mythbusters: From the Source!


          We know that there is a TON of information… err… rumors floating around on the school yard, on Facebook, and on those college message board sites, and we are here to help you get the factual information you are looking for. In this post, we hope to debunk some of those common myths about USC’s application procedure, and help you gain a better insight into how our process really works.

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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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December 5, 2013

What I Wish I Would’ve Known…

Clock          You may have heard the saying, “hindsight is 20/20”. We surveyed our current students to see what they wish they had known prior to applying to USC. Here is what they have to say:

Mary Waller (Junior from Chicago, IL): As you freak out about small details in your essay, and have regular panic attacks because you got mixed up about an essay topic or a deadline, just remember that you are (probably) not actually insane, and that everyone else is experiencing the same thing. Try to remember, instead, that you are awesome. That’s the part of you that admissions officers want to see, and if you don’t think that you’re awesome, how in the world are you going to convince an admissions officer that you are? Challenge yourself to be authentic.

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