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May 1, 2014

Get Oriented With USC

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May 1st is here. You’re committed. We’re so excited. You’re relieved. HOORAY! Time for the next step.

Sign up for USC Orientation!

     USC Orientation Programs helps re-confirm the commitment you may have made by today; the May 1st Commitment Deadline. On the practical side it’s important because you’ll be able to register for your classes, learn where things are on campus, and get situated. However, you will also come to our campus and make new friends, even future BFF’s. You will learn the fight song. You’ll finally get the hang of throwing up the “V for Victory” sign. (Unless you grew up in one of those families who knew how to do this before learning how to hold a bottle, as an infant) All exciting things!

     Many of our staff members are Trojan alums and went through Orientation fairly recent enough to remember their experiences. Read their quotes below as they reminisce about their very first memories as a Trojan during their orientation.

“USC Orientation was pretty awesome. My OA was an incredible resource and gave a lot of great advice about life as a USC student. Also, I met some of my future sorority sisters at Orientation. Definitely memories that I will always cherish.”
-Jessica Frey, Class of 2013

“The best part of Orientation was the Spirit Rally! Hearing the band play, learning all the traditions, and being surrounded by my fellow Trojans was a memory I won’t forget for a long time.”

-Neelam Savla, Class of 2012

“To be honest, it’s hard for me to remember my orientation. Partially because I graduated from USC in 2011 and my orientation was in 2007(I need to start some memory exercises). What I do remember was during Welcome Week and the beginning of USC, I didn’t feel lost or like I didn’t know where I belonged. I think that’s a reflection of my Orientation experience and how it prepared me to step on campus in the fall and feel at ease. One memory that stands out and is clear from my orientation was registering for classes. My academic advisor at the time, who ended up being one of my bosses as I started working in the department later, helped me through it all so that when I walked out of the office, I felt nothing but excited about starting school, the classes I was taking and being a Trojan.”
-Kendall Williams, Class of 2011

“My fondest memory of USC Orientation was heading down the road with a couple of new acquaintances and going to Del Taco for a midday snack. I met some students that became some of my first friends at USC. It was also my first—and last—trip to Del Taco. (Go eat some Chano’s instead).”
-Eric Gebert, Class of 2010

“From the band to the fight song to the So Cal Spell Out, I loved learning about Trojan Traditions.”
-Bryan Hudson, Class of 2013

“I remember eating in the dining halls for the first time with my best friend and realizing, after 3 delicious slices of pie, that the freshman 15 would be very, very real.”
-Tyler-Rose Veguez, Class of 2012

“I went to Orientation 4 times (well, 4 summers) once as an incoming freshman and three times as a student staff member. It was always great to see people go from knowing no one to finding best friends in that short two-day timespan. They might be friends you keep forever or friends just for the couple days you’re on campus, but either way, they help you know that you’ll find great people at USC and you can find your niche once you move in.”
-Noel Viramontes, Class of 2009

“Orientation was the moment everything really clicked. I finally had the chance to sit down and talk with not only current USC students, but my own freshman classmates in depth. Though we might have come from different parts of the world and had different majors, we still had much in common. These unique and fascinating people made me excited to live, learn, and grow at USC the next four years.”
-Clay Busia, Class of 2013

IMPORTANT NOTE: It does not matter what orientation session you sign up for. You will have the same access to the classes you need if you attend the earlier or later sessions.

     Many of you have already signed up and reserved a spot for orientation. Awesome! Until your session, feel free to explore the USC Orientation Programs website. If you are eager to find more information about student clubs and organizations on campus, go to the USC Student Affairs website. Your time as a Trojan will be here before you know it!

     Hey current Trojans and alums, do you remember any fun memories you had at Orientation?

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