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November 24, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: December 1

BSR-Ex-031Do you want to know the real reason why winter seems so short? No, it’s not because of all the sleep you get when snow locks you inside your house. It’s because it’s actually the shortest season, at 89 days. BUT, I’m going to pretend I didn’t just Google that so I can write the intro I planned in my head. Winter seems so short because there are so many special days! It begins on October 3, the day Aaron Samuels tells Cady Heron what day it is. Then, Halloween on October 31, followed by Thanksgiving, which happens to be on November 25 this year, and then there’s all the religious holidays, of which I celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24, Christmas on December 25, Day After Christmas (that’s a thing, right?) on December 26, and New Year’s Eve on December 31 and then New Year’s Day on January 1! Phew, that was a mouth full. BUT, there’s one more day I left out: December 1, the merit scholarship deadline for Undergraduate Admission at USC.

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November 20, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: No Te Preocupes!

1461060_10202053288869119_1366154377_n“No te preocupes!” Spanish for, “don’t worry,” this phrase captures a deep rooted change in my personality that I owe largely to the opportunities USC has given me.

During high school and my freshman year of college, I was generally high-strung and judgmental. Endless AP classes, pressure to perform, and the competition to get into a high ranking university will do that to you! My first year at USC, I began to loosen up a bit, but was still too future-oriented. I made sure to have a spring semester internship at a political consulting term and took a practice LSAT over Christmas break. Who does that?

Not to say that I’m not still ambitious, but today I am much more laid back. My path to the future that I want and my image of what that future looks like have broadened and blurred. Present pressures and inhibition have relaxed. My priorities have changed. And I’m okay with that!

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November 12, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Bye Bye Reach Schools

There was a time in high school when I would look up a university’s cost of tuition and immediately discount it from my application list because of a price tag that seemed absolutely impossible to be able to afford. If it wasn’t tuition, the statistics about the average admitted student GPAs and test scores surely discouraged me. It seemed as though there was always something that would hold me back or give me a sense of unworthiness to even apply to such highly recognized colleges even if I really wanted to attend. Luckily, I was able to have people around me who told me otherwise and instead encouraged me to focus on just how unique I was.  

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November 3, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: Who Are You Beyond Your GPA?

In high school everything I did had one purpose: get into my dream university. I studied for those (fun?) standardized tests with flash cards, tutors, and my personal favorite: the SAT for Dummies board game. If there was a volunteer event to build houses or clean local rivers: I was there. I didn’t know how to say “No” I just knew yes because to me, at that time, I thought I believed I was combination of a test score and a GPA.

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October 6, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New blogger, Kaijona Wade

KaijonaintropostHello everyone! My name is Kaijona (I go by KJ) and I’m really excited to be joining USC’s Admission Blog Team. I was born in Washington (not D.C.) in Tacoma which is about 25 minutes away from Seattle. I came to USC as a Business Administration major and have since added a minor in Global Communication where I take classes in both the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and the Dornsife College. My ultimate career goal is to found and be the CEO of a multinational entertainment corporation, focusing on talent acquisition and music production.

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October 2, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Lypheng Kim

IMG_2300Hey y’all! My name is Lypheng Kim. It’s pronounced Lee-Peng. I am currently a freshman pursuing a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences. I am all the way from Philadelphia, so Los Angeles is a big city for me.

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September 22, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Madisen Keavy

MadiIntroPostI’m Madisen and I am so excited to be joining the USC Admission Blog, where hopefully, you’ll come for a personal insight into what it’s like to be a Trojan! I’m a junior (where has the time gone?!) studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism, with a minor in Communication and the Entertainment Industry. Basically, I like to say I’m getting a degree in talking and in writing. My hometown is Visalia, California. Many don’t realize between two metropolitan areas of this great state sits the Central Valley. Since starting USC, I’ve traded open fields for city skylines and I couldn’t be happier to feel more like a SoCal native every day!

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September 19, 2014

New year, new look, new content!

Hey Internet! Some changes are a-comin’ to the USC Admission blog. We will soon be debuting a bit of an updated look but the biggest change will be our shift in content. Kenley, Sanjeev and I (Sam) are going to start writing more about our college search, application and selection process to reflect on what it was like for us but more importantly how we think it might relate to you and what you’re going through now. We also have some new student bloggers joining our team who will also be reflecting on their journey to USC and also sharing their experiences and helping to guide you.

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September 15, 2014

STUDENT BLOG: New Blogger, Drew Schwendiman


Hey guys! My name is Andrew Schwendiman but please just call me Drew. Andrew is too formal and my parents only call me that when they’re mad at me (which is almost never…). Anyways, I was born in Chicago but raised in New Jersey. No, I never watched the Jersey Shore and I barely watched the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but please try to test me on pop culture.

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