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Archive for February, 2014

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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February 7, 2014



          It’s hard to believe that today is my last day as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC.
My colleagues can tell you that my favorite part of this position has been the student interaction, both during recruitment and through writing for this blog. Blogging has enabled me to publicly unpack some the the questions and concerns regarding the admission process, in addition to allowing me the opportunity to highlight amazing programs and attributes of this dynamic institution.

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February 6, 2014

BEING A GLOBAL CITIZEN: Q&A w/ Uche Mordi about the Alternative Spring Break Program


         It seems unreal to say but spring break is right around the corner for many of you. At USC, this is a time for a quick recharge to gear up for the last push towards the end of the academic year. Many choose to spend their time at home, stay on campus and have adventures in LA, or go on a trip outside of the city. For this blog, I interviewed USC senior student, Uche (pronounced “Òochay”) Mordi, and she discussed the process of choosing to go to Guatemala with USC’s Alternative Spring Break program. She is currently finishing up her last semester at USC and will graduate as an Economics major, Natural Science minor with a Pre-Pharmacy emphasis.

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February 5, 2014

Auditioning for a Talent Program? Learn More!


          The college application process is stressful. Rigorous courses, challenging standardized tests, interviews, etc. On top of that, our creative friends who wish to pursue a B.F.A. in Theater or a performance major at Thornton also have the additional pressure of a live audition. We had the chance to speak with Sergio Ramirez of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, who answered some audition-related questions.

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