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All posts by: Sanjeev Chahal

March 3, 2015

Photo Diary

March is a pretty awesome month. Spring is right around the corner, we are wrapping up decisions on thousands of applicants and it’s my birthday month! We know it’s tough waiting to hear back from us and we’ve written about how to stay busy during this time. While you all are waiting for us to send out final decisions, we are putting in long hours to get everything out to you on time.

Here’s a photo diary of us capturing some candid moments in between all that hard work:





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January 22, 2015


101686-i-dont-know-girl-meme-Imgur-vJYp    What are you going to be when you grow up? What do you want to study in college? What job are you going to get after you graduate? These are the types of questions that you may be hearing from many different people in your life. Is it stressing you out? I know for darn sure it was the most stressful part about the college process when I was in the thick of it. Now, the people who are asking these questions mean well, even if it feels like they are all up in your business sometimes. I understand that you have to walk that fine line between understanding that and making sure you are able to express your own voice.

Are you not sure what you are going to be when you grow up? Are you not sure what you want to study in college? Are you not sure what you are going to do after you graduate college? Now, read carefully….IT IS OKAY! If you are not sure about the future, do not worry. You do not have to know what you want to be when you grow up yet. You do not have to decide on what to study in college yet. You do not have to focus on what is going to happen after you graduate from college yet. While these questions have good intentions, they shift your focus on the end result rather than the journey. Going to college is all about the growth that you experience during the journey.

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December 18, 2014

Are We Having A Moment Or Nah?

65521820_697334_445267490_nYou’ve written the personal statements, hunted down that letter of recommendation, kissed the computer screen for good luck, and finally submitted that college application! Yay! Now what? Get a chair and go sit next to your mailbox until April. Get to know your mail carrier and try to bribe them with all of the leftover Halloween candy you still have stashed away. Alright, can we not? You can do plenty of things to keep yourself occupied while you wait for those decisions.
Applying to colleges is no simple task. It’s actually pretty challenging and can be draining. We get that and we understand that you have been working extra hard. Once the application is submitted, let us do our thang and get to know who you are. It does take us a while to get through the many applications we receive. Since we do read every single one, you’ll be hearing from us around April 1st. There’s a lot you can do between now and then. I know you’re already thinking about the financial aid applications, so I won’t go into that right now. I will go into reminding you that you’re a senior in high school! It’s time to start enjoying your last year in high school and getting back to the things that you put on the back burner for those college apps.

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November 20, 2014

Me Time?

IMAG2214You’re stressed, over worked and just want to sleep in. It’s the time of year where your calendar is jam packed with everything from school work to the college application deadlines that you’ve been dreading. We want you to work hard to manage your time and meet all deadlines. However, sometimes you may need to focus on “me time.”

You’re probably wondering what “me time” is. Well, it’s a personal time you set aside to regroup, refocus, and relax all by yourself. “I have no time for myself, Sanjeev! Colleges won’t accept me if they know I was being lazy!” Just breathe, you’ll be fine. Numerous, very official studies have shown that taking time for yourself to do something you enjoy can help make you more productive in all of your tasks. I’m an unofficial researcher on this topic, so I’ve done many studies on me time to see if it really helps and the results show that it does!

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October 30, 2014

Time To Get Personal

photoYou’ve heard it a million times. BE YOURSELF! Three syllables, two words, one big impact.
Applying to a university is much more than the GPA, SAT, LOL, etc. It’s about understanding that we want to get to know you in the process. Your grades and scores can only tell us so much and our process doesn’t rely on those two factors, we care about who

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October 21, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Katherine Grabar

IMG_1752Hi all! I’m Katherine, back for a second (and final!) year blogging for USC Admissions. I am a senior trying to figure out what’s next after graduation double majoring in Political Science and Law, History, and Culture. I plan on taking my degree to Washington DC for law school in the fall. I fell in love with Washington DC this summer while there interning for the Department of Justice just like I fell in love with USC almost four years ago now.

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October 13, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Steven Weier

IMG_3207 copy (1)Hi! Having only come to Los Angeles to attend USC, I have grown more and more proud each year to be able to say that I am from the beautiful state of Washington! What am I doing here? The boring, short, first-week-of-every-semester answer is that I’m a junior studying Political Science and Economics and planning to attend law school. But really, there is so much more to the story!

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October 10, 2014

I.n.d.e.p.e.n.d.e.n.t. (The College Research Process)

FullSizeRender The bell would ring and it would be a mad dash to the next class. Along the way, you would hear plans for the upcoming weekend, conversations about how hard the homework was, and of course about the drama on that week’s episode of Laguna Beach. My high school was a place like many others. I went to a large, public, urban high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. There were many rich conversations that took place within the hallways, but the topic of college was something that I rarely heard. I didn’t even know what a major really was until I started doing my own research on college.

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August 21, 2014

Reinvention 101

Besides packing your things and picking out what you’re going to wear on the first day of college, you have a lot to think about. About 98% of freshmen do live on campus and they have a blast! One of the many benefits to living on campus is being able to connect with someone on a personal level by living with them. Having the opportunity to get to know someone from a different background is a huge part of the college experience. It is also a chance for you to start fresh, be the person who you’ve always wanted to be, and blossom into that beautiful butterfly. You know, all of the clichés that we tell you not to write about in your college essay.

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July 31, 2014

Opening in 5,6,7,8…

Things are moving and shaking at USC. No, I’m not talking about me listening to Britney Spears. USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is gearing up for a spectacular launch. It’s the first new school to be opened at USC in 40 years! I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Aubert-Santelli at the Kaufman School of Dance and she gave me the low down about what’s going on at the newest dance school on the block.

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