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Internships are constantly a topic of discussion around campus. They provide real world experience in fields you may want to go into. Some are paid and some are not though the experience and network have always been the best value I have gotten from an internship. I was fortunate enough to get an internship as early as my second semester freshman year because of USC, through a class called Directed Governmental Leadership. Consequently, I had internships at Project Vote Smart and Gen Next for the next two years.
When the Coachella lineup was announced a few weeks ago, I expected nothing less than an enormous blow up of social media statuses. Don’t get me wrong, seeing the lineup did make me scream like a preteen girl at a Justin Bieber concert (too soon?). However, I totally underestimated that about ninety-nine percent of all these tweets and statuses were coming from all my friends at USC. Typical USC student behavior, I thought. Then I started to think of all the things USC students do, and the sort of traditions that Trojans pass down year after year. So I decided to compile a list of things that you practically should do in order to be a real USC student. So here we go.
Growing up, l had always been that girl who knew what she wanted to do every moment of the day. In high school, I participated in various clubs and student organizations I was passionate about, but was unsure as to where all these activities were taking me. I knew my future included attending a four-year university, but I did not know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, let alone study in college. My favorite academic subjects usually depended on the teachers that taught them, instead of the subject itself. Ironically, I left high school with my highest AP score in Calculus BC, even though I had never liked math. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that today is my last day as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC.
My colleagues can tell you that my favorite part of this position has been the student interaction, both during recruitment and through writing for this blog. Blogging has enabled me to publicly unpack some the the questions and concerns regarding the admission process, in addition to allowing me the opportunity to highlight amazing programs and attributes of this dynamic institution. Continue reading
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It seems unreal to say but spring break is right around the corner for many of you. At USC, this is a time for a quick recharge to gear up for the last push towards the end of the academic year. Many choose to spend their time at home, stay on campus and have adventures in LA, or go on a trip outside of the city. For this blog, I interviewed USC senior student, Uche (pronounced “Òochay”) Mordi, and she discussed the process of choosing to go to Guatemala with USC’s Alternative Spring Break program. She is currently finishing up her last semester at USC and will graduate as an Economics major, Natural Science minor with a Pre-Pharmacy emphasis.
The college application process is stressful. Rigorous courses, challenging standardized tests, interviews, etc. On top of that, our creative friends who wish to pursue a B.F.A. in Theater or a performance major at Thornton also have the additional pressure of a live audition. We had the chance to speak with Sergio Ramirez of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, who answered some audition-related questions. Continue reading
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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:
College is different from high school in that you’re entirely responsible for what you take away. Physically, of course, you hope to take away an expensive piece of paper, but by the time you walk away with your degree hopefully you’ll have confidence that you have something that sets you apart from the other 30-something percent of Americans who have a Bachelor’s degree.
It’s that time of the year again. January is not only the time when we make our final scholarship recommendations for the upcoming first-year class. It means February 1st is right around the corner, and that means the deadline for our transfer applicants is soon! The requirements this year are not any different from past years, with one major exception:
You’re a freshman right now (or about to be), and you are wondering what you can do to make your first year in college as awesome as possible while looking as fabulous as possible. You arrive on campus with expectations of what you want out of your college experience. Well, everyone’s time here at USC is different, and there simply is no single manner of “doing college right.” So, take all those preconceived notions of what you believe college life will be and throw them out of the window of the eighth floor of Pardee Tower. And just do you. Continue reading