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Category Archives: Applying to USC

February 14, 2019

Sign Me Up! Introducing Even More USC Clubs and Organizations

As a follow-up to a blog post that was published this past fall, the Office of Admission wanted to spotlight even more of the amazing clubs and organizations that comprise campus life here at USC. Check out these diverse on-campus opportunities along with many, many more that enable Trojans to get involved, develop leadership skills and make an impact on the USC community.

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January 31, 2019

(Way Back) In My Day…

This year we have decided to get personal with you and share about our experiences applying to college.  I get a ton of questions, when I am talking to applicants, about my student experience at USC.  Except here’s the thing, I have never been a student at USC (hear the audible gasp.)  I know, I know…I just work here.  While I can’t speak from personal experience about student life at USC, I can talk to you about applying to college.  My colleagues and I in the Office of Admission all have our “college application story” and we love to reminisce about those times.  I mean look at what we do for a living…it’s who we are.  A tale of how many schools we applied to, our “dream school,” and in my case, how many college admission counselors we stalked (are you still out there Chris Lucier?)  Please keep in mind as we roll out this series of “In My Day” posts, that this may be a “do as I say, not as I do” type of story.  I regularly counsel students on the college admission process and as the words are coming out of my mouth, I think to myself “this is exactly the opposite of what I actually did.”  Hindsight is 20/20, right?

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January 24, 2019

Why We Love SCelf-Care (and You Should Too!)

My own wellness and self-care journey is, like most people, a work in progress. In my previous role as a school counselor, one of the major expectations of my work with students and families included developing prevention and intervention strategies that worked for them. In the process of helping others, I too had to balance the multilayered demands of the profession through developing my own prevention and intervention plans for self-care. By day, I taught students different breathing techniques to calm their bodies, to practice strategies for emotional control, and to recognize feelings. By night, I was putting my own teachings to the test. These are still strategies I continue to practice in my role as Assistant Director of Admission through both recruitment and file review seasons. During my work travels, I make it a goal to drink a lot of water, get enough sleep and spend some time outside exploring my territory whether it means hiking the gorge in Niagara Falls or watching the sunset in Monterrey (shout out to Upstate NY and Santa Clara). When I’m feeling off-kilter, I organize my things, make to-do lists and have real conversations with people I love and trust. And on Sundays– I face mask.

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January 10, 2019

Counting Down to January 15th

You’re almost there! Just five more days for you to submit your application to USC!

Whether you’re currently tangled up in one of our short answer essays or are zenfully waiting for last minute inspiration/panic to arrive, we figured you could do with a little motivation! In honor of the last five days before our freshman application deadline, here are five reasons to apply to USC…

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December 13, 2018

Landing Your Dream Job: Resources from the USC Career Center

This week’s blog comes to us from the USC Career Center, which serves more than 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students that attend USC, along with our Trojan Family of nearly 350,000 alumni around the world. This blog will provide an overview of the many career-based services that are available to students of all majors and professional interests.

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November 29, 2018

A Day in the Life of an OT Major

If you follow us on Instagram (you should, we’re pretty awesome) @USCAdmission, then you may have seen some stories this week from students studying Occupational Therapy (OT) at USC.  What is OT you ask? Well, occupational therapists help people live meaningful, healthy and productive lives through both physical and emotional therapy.  USC offers an accelerated 5-year program for students interested in becoming occupational therapists.  Watch this video to hear from Megan, a student in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program, share about her daily life in the occupational therapy major at USC.

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November 15, 2018

USC Helenes Watch Hecuba and Tommy

It’s Conquest week at USC, and the campus is gearing up for one of the most anticipated football games of the season! People are playing Tusk on repeat and getting ready for the big Conquest concert on Thursday!

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November 8, 2018

Discover USC!

We’re getting excited! Sunday, November 18th we will host our on-campus Discover USC program.  This open house is jam-packed with activities for prospective students and families to learn more about what USC has to offer and figure out if USC is a good fit for them. We offer everything from tours to student life panels and even more in between! This is your day to discover, however, and we want to make sure you’re able to maximize your time. Perhaps you would like to attend…

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