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Category Archives: Student Bloggers

April 4, 2013

Introducing…Chris Guanzon!

          My name is Chris and I’m a senior at USC. My time at USC is quickly coming to an end, but the past four years have been an amazing experience.

         I have an uncontrollable passion for composing the moving image: there is something about the camera that entices me. Holding the camera in my hand allows me to show others what I want them to see and what I am imagining. I love experimenting when it comes to cinematography. I am a technical artist that paints with light and movement!
         Critical Studies students in the School of Cinematic Arts don’t focus too much on production and the hands-on curriculum.  At first, being admitted into this program was a letdown for a person who wanted to do production after college. However, my mindset quickly changed when I took a few classes and realized that Critical Studies was the best major for me.

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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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March 25, 2013

Introducing… Cricket Oles

          My name is Cricket, and I’m an explorer. I came to USC as a curious freshman, anxious to immerse myself in the history, culture, and academia at USC as well as in the culturally diverse city of Los Angeles.          I’m currently a junior majoring in Economics and International Relations. It’s the perfect mix for me as I get to explore a lot of current events through a critical lens. I’m a closet nerd and could talk about school all day long, but I won’t bog you down too much! During my sophomore year, I was hired as a tour guide in the Admission Center and was an Orientation Advisor (OA) the following summer. I consider both groups my smaller Trojan Family within the larger family. I love giving tours to prospective students as well as admitted students and guests because it allows me to share a piece of my life with them while also reminding myself why I picked USC.

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March 21, 2013

Introducing…Grant Derderian

          Hello! My name is Grant Derderian and I’m a freshman here at USC studying computer science and business administration within our Viterbi School of Engineering. I’m originally from Pasadena, California — about 30 minutes away from USC’s campus — where I attended high school at The Waverly School.
         I like to keep myself busy on campus, and aside from classes, I am proud to be a Tour Guide at the USC Admission Center. I get to welcome prospective students and guests to campus and show them what it’s like to be a student at USC. I really love this job because it’s a great way to share my love of the Trojan Family to everyone who visits campus.

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March 13, 2013

Introducing…Jackie Molina


         Hi! My name is Jackie Molina and I’m a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering here at USC. I’m originally from Pasadena, California, which is only about 15 miles away from campus.
         At USC, I’ve been very lucky to be involved in a variety of organizations outside of the classroom. First, I’m a tour guide for the USC Admission Center, which means that I speak to prospective students and their families about USC while I show them around campus. I’m also in a Panhellenic Sorority and involved in a club called Engineers Without Borders. Just recently, I have joined a research project in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory.

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March 11, 2013

Let’s Hear From Some Students!


            As you may have already noticed, we now have a section on our blog called “Blogs by Students.” We decided it would be nice for both prospective and newly admitted students to hear from current students about their experience at USC.

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April 26, 2012

Why USC? Part I

We recently asked over 700 current USC students why they ultimately chose to attend USC for their undergraduate education. We received an overwhelming response and wanted to highlight some of them here for you. As the May 1st National Candidates Reply Date approaches, we hope some of these students’ experiences and perspectives will help you make your decision. Who better to tell you why USC than our current students?

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March 16, 2012

Spring Break!

One of the things I love about USC is all of the amazing travel opportunities offered by different organizations on campus. This past winter break I was able to participate in the Alternative Break Program in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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