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Category Archives: Prospective student

July 11, 2019

How I Talk to My Family About College

I’ve been working in the world of college admissions for about 5 years now (four years and eleven months exactly…but who’s counting?)  It’s a great start and the beginning of what I hope to be a long and flourishing career.  My family thinks I have a pretty cool and exciting job…especially my sister-in-law whose son is a junior in high school. My family members frequently ask me about how to get into college.  Many of them assume there is a determining factor in a student’s application that tips the scales in their favor.  Unfortunately, I can’t give them the “secret” to admission, because in reality, there is no precise pathway into a highly selective college.  What I can do is answer all of those terrifying “what if” questions with what I hope are some reassuring and calming truths.

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June 28, 2019

In My Day….Kelsey Bradshaw Edition

During spring break, my junior year of high school, I took a road trip to California to visit a bunch of colleges. We visited all sorts of different schools – big, small, urban, rural, public private, etc… I started to notice I would perk up when colleges mentioned certain topics, like involvement, student/faculty interactions, and opportunities outside the classroom. Being on a college campus, comparing totally different schools, and getting a better feel for what I was looking for was so valuable in helping me narrow my focus.

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May 23, 2019

Re-Post: The Skinny on Spring Grade Requests

Our notification deadline for transfer applicants is May 31st, and while most students will find out whether or not they have been admitted by that date, many applicants will receive spring grade requests. There’s a lot of speculation as to why we request spring grades (and let’s be honest, online forums are not the place to get accurate information), so let’s get to the heart of it. Why might we want to see how you did this semester?

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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 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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December 7, 2018

Native American Student Experiences at USC

Although USC has been steadily developing more resources for recruiting and supporting Native American students on campus, there is actually a long history of Native students at USC. I recently sat down with Karras Wilson (Quechan/Cocopah), Director of Native American Students Outreach and Recruitment, and Vanessa Gomez Brake, Associate Dean of Religious Life and we spoke about that legacy and history on our campus. As an example, Karras mentioned one of our most notable Native alumni, Joseph Medicine Crow, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009. Joseph Medicine Crow was an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow Tribe. Mr. Medicine Crow received his Master’s Degree in Anthropology and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from USC in 2003.

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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 22, 2018

Let Us Give Thanks

All of my favorite activities happen on Thanksgiving: spending time with your nearest and dearest, eating more than would be considered decent or even civilized by most, pretending to actually like football so you can get out of doing dishes, and—most importantly—taking time to reflect on what you are thankful for.

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