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All posts by: Kenley Turville

November 13, 2014

No Shortcuts: Cuz ur not talkin to ur bff

IMG_1427Submitting a college application is a big step. I remember sitting at my computer reading the preview of my application over and over. And over and over again. I’m not kidding – I probably read it over 50 times to make sure everything looked ok.

I didn’t have a lot of direction in this processes. I didn’t have a college guidance counselor, and I was the first in my family to attend a four-year college. But I knew that I wanted to put my best foot forward and present myself in the most positive way possible. I made sure to highlight my greatest achievements and my strongest extracurricular activities. And in my essays I was sure to emphasize my interest in each institution. I was thoughtful about why each college or university was on my list, so that made it easier to communicate to those institutions as to why I wanted to attend each school.

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October 23, 2014

Look Beyond the Big Name

At this point during my senior year, I was still figuring out the list of schools to which I would apply. This was stressful! There are so many schools with so many variables: big, small,public, private, in-state, out-of-state, strong athletic programs, emphasis on arts. I quickly became overwhelmed.26372_1305025150874_7925135_n

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September 25, 2014

Senior Year Reflections

IMG_2901September 2005. What was on my mind: homecoming, football games, AP chemistry homework, dance company practice, and finding a lunch line that wasn’t too long. Thus began my senior year of high school at a large public school in Utah.

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August 14, 2014

Must-haves for Move-in

It is almost here. That thing you’ve been waiting for. Planning for years. It is finally here. move-in blogCollege! Move-in day is just around the corner, so you better start prepping now. For most of you, this will be your first time away from home, so there are items that you’ll need to pack that you haven’t had to think about. It is also important to remember that you’re moving into a small space. You don’t need to pack your entire life for college. There are a lot of items that you won’t need. College can be busy and hectic enough, so keep your belongings light and your dorm neat will keep you a happier, healthier student. Here are some of my favorites from my time in college:

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July 31, 2014

Important Financial Aid Information for Admitted Students

Completed Orientation? Check. Registered for your first semester of classes? Check. Paid the first semester’s student account bill? Ummm…
This month, students and families will receive their first bills from the university, so we’d like to share some tips and advice for managing your costs and making use of the resources the university has to offer.

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July 17, 2014

Relax, It’s Summer!

beach biking6:00am alarm, shower, eat breakfast, pack lunch, race out the door to catch the Expo line. Arrive at USC. Reply to emails. Review applications. Give a presentation. Meet with Admission Committee. Read more files. Listen to voicemails. Reply to more emails. Catch the train home. Head on a run. Shower. Crash in my bed.

High school students have a similar hectic schedule during the academic year. But replace review applications with attend class. And you’re practicing a sport or prepping a debate instead of attending an Admission Committee meeting. I am aware that the school year is busy, which is why it is important to take some time to relax.

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June 13, 2014

Top 10 Must-do’s for Rising Seniors

photo (21)Listen up, rising seniors! Summer will fly by, and the first day of school will be here before you know it! I’ve listed my top 10 suggestions for you to do over these next few months. Here we go!

1. Write a draft of your personal statement. I know, I know. This can be overwhelming. But once you get that first draft completed, it will (mostly) be smooth sailing from there. You’ll provide yourself with plenty of time to edit.

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May 22, 2014

Not-So-Lazy Summer Days

KWIL Great wallIt has been sizzling hot on campus, which can only mean one thing: summer is here! As a high school student, you have so many opportunities in the summer, not to mention three months without school! I spoke with a few colleagues around the office to see how they filled their favorite summers. Here is what they had to say:

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April 4, 2014

Admitted Student Events


    Over the last few months, our office reviewed many applications, and now it is time for our admitted students to decide whether or not USC is the place for you. In the coming weeks, we have many events to help students learn more about what it is like to be a student at USC. We’ve created a little breakdown about what each event entails, so that you can determine which is the best for you!

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January 23, 2014

Adventures of the SAT

SAT blog          Sam and Eric from the Office of Admission took the SAT test in December. Yes, that is correct. They willingly took the SAT. For fun! Hard to believe, I know. We speak often about the SAT and our Dean of Admission, Tim Brunold, suggested we take it to be able to relate to the students with whom we work. Sam and Eric accepted the challenge. I sat down with both of them to discuss how it went. This is what they had to say:

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