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Category Archives: Student Bloggers

July 26, 2018

Student Highlight: Pursuing a Progressive Degree at USC

This week’s student blog comes from Nisha Malhotra, a rising senior at USC from Glendale, CA. Nisha is majoring in Narrative Studies with a double-minor in Cinematic Arts and Screenwriting. She is involved in various organizations across campus, including being a writer for the TrojanVision show, “The Breakdown,” a member of the Women’s Leadership Society, and a tour guide in the Admission Center. Nisha was recently accepted to a progressive degree program here at USC and is sharing her journey through this process in her blog.

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June 28, 2018

So You Want to be a Doctor?


As I was cleaning out my apartment to move across town to start medical school, I came across my first notebook from general chemistry. Sifting through the pages, I’m brought back to the long nights in Fluor’s 7th floor lounge studying for midterms and finals, emailing professors for research, running late to club meetings, and waking up early Saturday mornings to volunteer at California Hospital in that forest green polo that singled out you out as the “pre-med.” In light of all this, it’s no surprise that if you type “pre-med” lifestyle into Google, the results are filled with countless guides on “surviving” pre-med. I want to do something different: I want to show you how pre-med can be a time of exploration.

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March 1, 2018

Major Mondays: Studying Gerontology

Yes, we know we are posting this on a Thursday–but what can we do?! “Major Thursdays” just doesn’t have the same ring. Below is a blog from Sarah Wong, a senior at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Read on to learn more about one of our unique and beloved programs!

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September 27, 2016

Student Highlight: USC Student Body President, Edwin Saucedo

thumbnail_DSC_5318Hey All,

It’s Natalie Guevara and I’m excited to start working with our blog. While coming up with topic ideas, I thought of common questions we get from prospective students and one of my favorites is always: what’s it like to be a student at USC? And although I’m an alumna of the university and had my own great experiences…I really want you to hear from current students with a bigger range of majors/involvement/background/etc. So rather than hear about all the cool things I have to say (many of you get enough of that), I’ll find current students to tell you about their experiences. For our first installment, we have Edwin Saucedo, the Student Body President for the Undergraduate Student Government. He is originally from South Gate, CA and is set to graduate this coming May 2017. Check out what he had to say.

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April 12, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: But USC was my Dream!!!

Katrina PhotoUSC has been my dream school since I was seven years old. As a child, game day was a big event in my household where my family and I would go all out… dressed in our best cardinal and gold from head to toe, ready to cheer on the Trojans! After my older sister was accepted into USC, my family anticipated that I would soon follow. I did well in high school, I was very involved, and most importantly, I was ready to be a Trojan.

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March 19, 2015

5 Questions Answered About Spring Admission

keavy photoIt’s the time of year that admission officers across the country are finishing reading applications and making sure everything is set in time to mail their notifications. At the other end, applicants are anxiously waiting by the mailbox or busily refreshing their email inboxes anticipating their decisions: Admit, Waitlist, or Deny. At USC things work a little differently. First of all, all decisions will be sent by postal mail. Secondly, we do not have a waitlist. That’s right, instead of wait listing students, we have opted to guarantee students a spot in the freshman class, but starting a semester later, in January 2016. We call it Spring Admission; admission to the spring term instead of the fall. Many times students admitted to the spring are surprised, maybe even a bit disappointed, and have a lot of questions about what it means. The most important thing is to remember it means that we want these students to come to USC, which is why we admitted them! One of our student bloggers, Madisen Keavy, was a spring admit for January 2014 and wanted to answer five questions she had when she was admitted to the spring semester.

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February 9, 2015

STUDENT BLOG: So You Want To Go Greek?

KeavyPost2 Academics, internships, athletic teams, performance groups, research, student organizations, and leadership groups–all have one glaring commonality, they create communities. Within the larger USC student body, we’re all given opportunities to meet and network with students beyond our majors, minors, and areas of academic interest. I’ve done this through Trojan Vision and the Admission Center, but surprisingly I found yet another community when I chose to join the Greek Community.

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February 2, 2015

STUDENT BLOG: Friends from Coast to Coast

drewbeachIt’s a new semester! Some new faces, some old ones, but definitely not the same faces I saw everyday for 17 years back at home. When I visited my parents in Hong Kong over break, they asked me if I stayed in touch with anyone from my childhood. Um, of course? It’s not that hard keeping in touch with friends from home while you’re at school, especially since almost everyone has a Facebook, Instagram, or at least a cell phone! Or so I thought. When I went back to my hometown of Summit, NJ for a few days, I learned that maintaining old friendships is harder than it seems. But it doesn’t have to be.

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December 2, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Talk to Students

557345_4027174953110_1714567013_nLast Monday I was walking by the Campus Center when I noticed a family staring at a campus map. They didn’t look like there were making much progress, so I walked over and asked what they were trying to find. “The Admissions Center,” the father informed me. I pointed him and his family towards the Campus Center and told them it was on the second floor. I was already heading that direction, so I walked with them for a bit, asking their son what he wanted to study (he was a junior in high school) and what he thought of USC. He commented on how big the university seems, to which I responded by telling him about how he could find a smaller community through clubs, which I talked about in another blog post. I wanted to keep talking to him, giving him advice, and sharing about how great USC is, but he and his family wanted to go to the Admissions Center and I had to realize that I’d left my bike and car keys on a bench (they were still there when I retraced my steps!).

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