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Category Archives: Los Angeles

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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April 12, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Vision and Voices – The Arts and Humanities Initiative at USC!


     This past week, I have been religiously calling 102.7 KISS FM to win tickets to the upcoming Dodgers game with a chance to meet-and-greet with Robin Thicke! I know this sounds really desperate, but the thing is, I have never won anything from a radio contest! I really thought that I would have a good chance, but some other dedicated radio listener won the tickets…

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March 29, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Spring Break Recap

Just a few weeks ago as Trojans were deep in the heart of midterm season, it appeared that spring break just could not arrive fast enough. As spring break is nearing its end, one simply cannot help but troll through an endless number of photos of how peers spent their spring breaks. From countless snap chats of students on an exotic vacation, on an alternative spring break, and working, one thing became clear: Trojans do not waste a second of their spring break. So, I sought out some amazing snaps and put together a photo stream of just how Trojans spent their time off.

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March 23, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Simplifying Your Campus Visit


Four years and a few months ago I embarked on a weeklong tour of colleges on the East Coast. This was my first time traveling, my first time in a big city, my first time using a crosswalk, and, consequently, my first time almost getting run over by a New York taxi—all with only my cousin in tow. The combination of navigating a new city and worrying about how to decide where to spend the next four years of my life made this trip extremely stressful. Here are a few tips to simplify a campus visit, from student to student.

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February 9, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: You’re Not A USC Student Until…


          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.

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December 7, 2013

New Student Blogger: Andrew Minassi!

          Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Minassi and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering here at USC. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and like many others from here, I simply could not leave the amazing weather behind during my college career. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university with a great deal of school spirit, and I had found just that at USC (and the fact that my older brother attended USC may have also played a role in influencing my desire to join the Trojan family).

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May 2, 2013

Jump-Start Your Career With USC Internships

     USC is a university with numerous research opportunities, a rich campus life and an interdisciplinary approach to education that allows students to pursue disparate academic interests. Ultimately, our hope is that these attributes will prepare students to be leaders and innovators and to contribute to the world after they graduate. Part of that preparation means giving students opportunities for internships; to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Through internships students are exposed to different occupations and gain real life experience.

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April 30, 2013

The Alumni Network: A Family Affair


          At USC, our alumni network is so strong… so tight-knit… so unique… that we even have a special name for it: The Trojan Family.

          You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Trojan Family, or at least some reference to it. Yet it’s hard to truly understand the ways in which the Trojan Family manifests itself without actually experiencing it first-hand. Here, I will do my best to give you a sense of what it is all about.

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February 27, 2013

I Love LA!

In the next couple months, recently admitted students, along with big waves of prospective students on their spring breaks, will be visiting our campus. Because Mid-March through April is our busiest time for visitors, guests should make their reservations early. I wanted to highlight some things about this beautiful city that I love. I have been living in Los Angeles for the last 9 years and there are still things I haven’t done, but this is a personal “Must See” list that I’ve compiled for LA visitors. I hope you enjoy!

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