December 2, 2014
Last Monday I was walking by the Campus Center when I noticed a family staring at a campus map. They didn’t look like there were making much progress, so I walked over and asked what they were trying to find. “The Admissions Center,” the father informed me. I pointed him and his family towards the Campus Center and told them it was on the second floor. I was already heading that direction, so I walked with them for a bit, asking their son what he wanted to study (he was a junior in high school) and what he thought of USC. He commented on how big the university seems, to which I responded by telling him about how he could find a smaller community through clubs, which I talked about in another blog post. I wanted to keep talking to him, giving him advice, and sharing about how great USC is, but he and his family wanted to go to the Admissions Center and I had to realize that I’d left my bike and car keys on a bench (they were still there when I retraced my steps!).
November 20, 2014
“No te preocupes!” Spanish for, “don’t worry,” this phrase captures a deep rooted change in my personality that I owe largely to the opportunities USC has given me.
During high school and my freshman year of college, I was generally high-strung and judgmental. Endless AP classes, pressure to perform, and the competition to get into a high ranking university will do that to you! My first year at USC, I began to loosen up a bit, but was still too future-oriented. I made sure to have a spring semester internship at a political consulting term and took a practice LSAT over Christmas break. Who does that?
Not to say that I’m not still ambitious, but today I am much more laid back. My path to the future that I want and my image of what that future looks like have broadened and blurred. Present pressures and inhibition have relaxed. My priorities have changed. And I’m okay with that!
October 29, 2014
What do you value more: the resources of a large research university or the intimacy of a small school? When I was applying to colleges, I thought I had to choose, but even in my first year at USC I realized that it was completely possible to have both.