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September 13, 2012

Learning More About USC


         There is a lot to know about USC.  As admission counselors we are charged with learning about150 majors and 150 minors across 14 departments. Each summer we dedicate time to visit with representatives, professors and current students from our academic departments to be brought up to speed on the new and exciting things happening on campus.

         We began our quest for information at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where we were greeted with both gourmet cookies (our colleagues at Annenberg know we have a sweet tooth) and a presentation about some of the amazing opportunities Annenberg students had over the past year. I was particularly impressed to learn that 21 of our Journalism students had the opportunity to intern at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

         Our next stop was the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences where we met with Vice Dean Steve Lamy who spoke about problem-based learning opportunities like Problems without Passports and Maymester, as well as the wide range of undergraduate research opportunities.  It was exciting to hear about Dr. Lamy’s Problems without Passports trip to the Arctic. He took a group of 18 USC students, including nine freshmen, to learn more about the region and the effects of global warming. The trip started in  Stockholm where students  studied peace research, met with the chair of the Arctic Council, the Russian Ambassador of Sweden and then with Green Peace Ambassadors.  The trip ended in St. Petersburg where they spent the Fourth of July on the Gulf of Finland meeting with top scientists.  What an opportunity!

         Our visit to the Viterbi School of Engineering included an impressive student panel.   We met a student that has dedicated his spare time to working in the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab. The ultimate goal of the Rocket Propulsion Lab is to be the first group of college students to launch a rocket into space, and they are getting pretty close!  In true USC fashion, the lab is open to ALL USC students, not just to students studying engineering.

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