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Category Archives: On Campus

June 20, 2013

USCareer Center

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          When you come to USC, you will have access to many resources that will help you along both your academic and professional journey. Amongst these resources is USC’s centralized Career Center, where students have access to career counselors who will assist and guide them in a variety of ways.

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May 23, 2013

5 Ways to Make the Most of your Time at USC

Destination Photography Project      Hi everyone! This will be the last student blog of the academic year. Your admission staff will continue to blog throughout the summer, but the students will take the summer off from blogging. Until then please enjoy the following blog by Cricket Oles!
———————————————————————————————————————————————–     These past couple of weeks, I have seen the inside of a library more than I have seen my One Direction poster that hangs over my bed. In other words, my schoolwork really picked up this past month. I, like many others,  always considered myself a good student. I knew to study well before exams and to not put papers off until the last minute. When I first came to USC, however, I soon realized that college is very different from high school. Not only is the level of coursework different, but there is also more independence and a level of personal responsibility to  balance work, activities, and a desire to have a somewhat fun social life.

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May 16, 2013

The International Community of USC

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          Here at USC, we pride ourselves on being reflective of the diverse metropolis that houses us: Los Angeles. When you come to USC, you will be surrounded by students and faculty members alike from all over the country and from all across the globe. In fact, there is no ethnic majority at USC, and ten percent of last year’s freshman class was made up of international students.

          Within the United States, the most represented geographic areas at USC are California, Texas, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Washington. Outside of the U.S., the most represented areas are China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Canada, Taiwan, India, and Mexico.

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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

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          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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April 25, 2013

USC: A Global Experience

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          USC prides itself on being a “Global University,” but what exactly does that mean? For starters, we have more international students than any private institution in the country (15% in last year’s freshman class!). We believe that having students from different countries around the globe contributes to a positive learning environment by allowing for various viewpoints and opinions to be highlighted in the classroom.

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April 25, 2013

Introducing…India Bulkeley

     Hello everyone! My name is India Bulkeley and I’m a sophomore from New York City. At USC, I am majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Photography & Social Change and am planning on adding an additional minor in Consumer Behavior.

     When I’m not in the classroom or studying in Leavey Library, I’m involved in a variety of different organizations on campus. First, I am a mentor in the organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (W.Y.S.E), which educates 8th grade girls in four local middle schools on topics such as healthy relationships, nutrition, safe sex, etc. I also have two jobs on campus: I work as an Admission Intern in both the Admission Center and the Dornsife Office of Admission. As an intern, I have been able to act as a liaison between prospective students, families, visitors and the University. I also have worked as a photographer for both The Daily Trojan and El Rodeo (USC’s yearbook) and have played on the USC Club Squash Team.

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March 30, 2013

Introducing….Larissa Purnell

          Hello everybody! My name is Larissa Purnell, although some of my friends like to call me “Smiley,” “LarLar” or my personal favorite, “Smileylarlar”.  No, I’m not joking about people calling me by that name. I only have myself to blame for these nicknames because I’ve always hoped to be the person who will brighten someone’s day with a smile. In all actuality, the smile sticks because of all the opportunities I’ve been blessed to experience in my life. What I’ve accomplished today alone would be a perfect example of the types of opportunities I’m talking about!

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February 14, 2013

A Valentine’s Day Tale of Two Trojans

          Valentine’s Day is upon us, and what better what to celebrate than by sharing a love story that is near and dear to our hearts.

          It was Fall of 1986, and our esteemed Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan, was just a mere freshman studying Cinema at USC. Kirk lived on the “Cinema Interest” floor of the dorm, mostly inhabited by other film guys and only a few girls (in those days, the School of Cinematic Arts had a male majority). One of those girls was Julie- or “Bubbles” as her friends affectionately called her because of her big, bubbly personality.

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January 30, 2013

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait…Hopefully


So it’s been a while since you’ve submitted your last college application. The stress and anxiety you felt from meeting deadlines, submitting test scores, following up on letters of recommendation, are all gone. You may have a few free weekends in the future where you can actually relax. But then again, there is still that one nagging question, the one that keeps you up at night: What colleges are going to accept me?

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