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Archive for November, 2014

November 24, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: December 1

BSR-Ex-031Do you want to know the real reason why winter seems so short? No, it’s not because of all the sleep you get when snow locks you inside your house. It’s because it’s actually the shortest season, at 89 days. BUT, I’m going to pretend I didn’t just Google that so I can write the intro I planned in my head. Winter seems so short because there are so many special days! It begins on October 3, the day Aaron Samuels tells Cady Heron what day it is. Then, Halloween on October 31, followed by Thanksgiving, which happens to be on November 25 this year, and then there’s all the religious holidays, of which I celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24, Christmas on December 25, Day After Christmas (that’s a thing, right?) on December 26, and New Year’s Eve on December 31 and then New Year’s Day on January 1! Phew, that was a mouth full. BUT, there’s one more day I left out: December 1, the merit scholarship deadline for Undergraduate Admission at USC.

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November 12, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Bye Bye Reach Schools

There was a time in high school when I would look up a university’s cost of tuition and immediately discount it from my application list because of a price tag that seemed absolutely impossible to be able to afford. If it wasn’t tuition, the statistics about the average admitted student GPAs and test scores surely discouraged me. It seemed as though there was always something that would hold me back or give me a sense of unworthiness to even apply to such highly recognized colleges even if I really wanted to attend. Luckily, I was able to have people around me who told me otherwise and instead encouraged me to focus on just how unique I was.  

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November 7, 2014

What is the Point of an Application, Anyway?

cat on computer What is the point of a college application? If you’ve started working on your applications this may be a question you’ve asked yourself either out of reflection or perhaps frustration. We ask you for an application because we want to get to know you and get a sense of how you may thrive academically and personally at USC. We don’t have time to sit down and talk to every applicant one on one so we ask you to give us a variety of information to try and gain a sense of who you are. As you complete your applications, ask yourselves if the content reflects who you are, not just as a student but also as a person.

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November 3, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Who Are You Beyond Your GPA?

In high school everything I did had one purpose: get into my dream university. I studied for those (fun?) standardized tests with flash cards, tutors, and my personal favorite: the SAT for Dummies board game. If there was a volunteer event to build houses or clean local rivers: I was there. I didn’t know how to say “No” I just knew yes because to me, at that time, I thought I believed I was combination of a test score and a GPA.

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