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December 7, 2013

New Student Blogger: Andrew Minassi!


          Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Minassi and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering here at USC. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and like many others from here, I simply could not leave the amazing weather behind during my college career. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university with a great deal of school spirit, and I had found just that at USC (and the fact that my older brother attended USC may have also played a role in influencing my desire to join the Trojan family).

          Although I am from the suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, I am a city guy at heart. I love spending my free time in Downtown Los Angeles, catching a movie or going bowling at LA Live, exploring new restaurants, grabbing a macaroon or two from Bottega Louie, or giving in to my Starbucks addiction. I just love the hustle and bustle of pedestrians and beautiful skyscrapers of the city.

          However, being from a suburb on the coast, I have come to appreciate the natural beauty I am surrounded with. One of my favorite pastimes is hiking through the Palos Verdes cliffs and snap-chatting my friends casual “selfies” with some of the most incredible views in Southern California. While I do love technology and being connected to the world, I find that it is sometimes necessary to just unplug and enjoy everything around me.

          As a commuter student, I was afraid that I would have trouble finding my niche here at USC during my freshman year, especially when everyone else seemed to be grabbing a meal at the dining halls, hanging out with their floormates, or studying together in the early hours of the morning. However, that could not have been further from the truth. I was fortunate enough to get involved with the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) on campus during my fall semester, join a ton of amazing student organizations on campus, and most importantly, had the privilege of being an Orientation Advisor during the summer of 2013.

          I have to say that being an OA really did help me find my place within the University. I had finally felt a connection to the student body as well as the campus itself, and being able to work with various departments on campus gave me a sense of belonging; I felt like I was more than just a student taking courses.

          From the moment I became part of the Trojan family, I knew that my decision to attend USC was the best investment I could have possible made for myself. USC has opened the door to a countless number of opportunities, allowed me to meet amazing individuals, and taught me that Trojans do not settle for anything less than extraordinary. For these reasons, and many more, I am proud to call USC my home. I cannot wait to see what adventure awaits me next!


  1. Martin says:

    YOU COMMUTED?! OMG. That’s so hard! I’m glad you found your place at USC.

    I am afraid that I might have to commute if I were to go to USC…or some other local schools (which will not be named). However, reading your blog reassures me that if I do, it will be a lot better than it seems.

    Fight On!

  2. Maria says:

    Oh my goodness! I cannot wait to apply to USC because of this post!! You sound like such an amazing person and the school sounds like the best around. I might be a commuter as well and now I’m not worried about making friends!

  3. Laquisha says:

    I CANNOT WAIT TO APPLY TO USC! Thank you for sharing your awesome experience!! I really LOVE macaroons and taking selfless too 🙂 WE SHOULD BE BEST FRIENDS.

  4. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing! I just finished submitting my application and I really hope I can experience everything you have described!

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