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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.

On campus, I’m a part of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity where I was also able to join AZ Consulting, a division of Alpha Kappa Psi, as a consultant. In addition, I’m involved with KXSC, USC’s radio station where I plan to be hosting my own show. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with the Marshall Outreach and Volunteer Entrepreneurs as well as expanding my eclectic music collection.

As an Admission blogger I hope to provide prospective students with information that isn’t necessarily talked about during orientation. Going through USC you’ll stumble upon a lot of things that you’ll have to figure out as you go or might figure out too late. I hope that through my blogs I can engage my readers in good conversation about any interests or questions they may have from the application process, to selecting a school, to student life itself. I also hope to calm any nerves that students from out of state may have about moving away from home.


  1. Rebecca Flores says:

    Hello! I’m a senior in high school this year in Texas. I was wondering if you could give me any advice about moving far away from home. Also, I just finished applying for USC. I was wondering if I have to apply for the cinematic arts program when I apply as well in order for my application to be fully fulfilled.

    • kaijonaw says:

      Hi Rebecca! Thanks for reaching out. As far as advice about moving away from home, one of the things that really helped me was planning out my options of how to get involved. I recommend checking out the list of all of USC’s registered clubs and organizations and hopefully you’ll come across some that you’re interested in joining! I can truly say that USC always has something going on and what made the time pass by for me my freshman year was pledging my business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, where I ended up making some of my best friends as well as growing professionally. Look into some of your options to get involved, and rest assured that in case of an emergency, Texas is not too far away and the Trojan family has got your back 🙂

      For how to apply for the Cinematic Arts program, I would take a look at this page: https://cinema.usc.edu/admissions/apply.cfm which lays out all the details about applying and there’s also contact information if you want to speak with an Admissions Officer from the Cinematic Arts School directly.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Jessica Triche says:

    Hi, KJ! My name is Jessica and I’ll be applying to USC next year for the fall of 2016. For the purposes of planning early, I am curious as to how USC calculates GPA. Are AP/Honors classes weighted more? Thank you.

    • KJ Wade says:

      Hi, Jessica! I would encourage you to reach out to your territory manager to get a more in depth answer to this question. In my opinion, of course I believe any university wants to see that students who have the option of taking AP/Honors courses do so, because they want to see that you challenged yourself. Hopefully that somewhat answers your question!

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