April 22, 2014
STUDENT BLOG: My Admission Story
“Did you get in?”
I instantly knew he was asking about my USC admission decision. I ran out of my house, past my mom who was wondering why I was running since I never do, to my mailbox 100 yards away. I got the mail and found the big envelope and knew what was inside would change my future.
I was so excited I ran (yes I was that excited) back to my house yelling, “Mom! Mom! Look what came!” I handed her the rest of the mail that was completely irrelevant to me in that moment because all I cared about was that big envelope from the University of Southern California. My eyes welled up as I opened the package to see “Welcome to the Trojan Family” emblazoned on the front of the envelope with acceptance materials inside.
I narrowed down my final two choices to USC, my mother’s alma mater, and my father’s alma mater. I visited both over spring break and visited USC first. Explore USC sealed the deal. My mother can attest to the fact that I did not stop smiling all day. I was home. I took a campus tour, heard the band play the fight song, learned about potential majors and involvement opportunities, indulged in dorm food at Parkside, and saw myself at this university. I left Parking Structure X that day knowing where I would be spending my next four years.
I committed a few days later after visiting my father’s alma mater. I turned to him as I was driving home from the campus and broke the news, completely sure of my decision. The deposit was paid that night and showed my mother the confirmation. She embraced me and said,
“Welcome to the Trojan Family.”
USC has given me three amazing years, and I have one more left. I have grown immensely since high school. I have added majors and minors, and dropped some too. I have gotten more A’s than C’s, though the C’s taught me more. I have built personal and professional relationships that have taught me so much. Professors have challenged me and supported me in my development as a student and person.
Best of luck to all the newly admitted students on your decisions! Ask questions, learn about the campus, inquire about your field of study, and check out student involvement opportunities, so you know that when you commit you are 100% sure of the decision you are making. Then get ready to have four amazing years that will change and shape you to become a better person and student. As always, Fight On!
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