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Tips for Undergraduate Applicants – by Kylie Sedgwick PPD ’18

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There’s nothing quite like the flurry of activity that comes at the height of college application season. You’re probably booked solid with school, extracurriculars, personal life, and on top of that trying to make really big decisions about where you want your education to go from here. It’s a stressful time that comes with a lot of personal growth and introspection.

Now, I am by no means an admission counselor or academic advisor, but I do care about you and your well being throughout this lengthy process. I hope these tips help ease your worries and power you through the application process.You probably know all the basic tips for applications, so this is a slightly different approach. Below is a list of tips that I believe will not only help your application, but will help you feel better about the process overall.

1. Be Yourself – in your essays, you really want to try and find your voice and be true to your own story…..

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PTTOW New York- My Experience – By Sean Navi PPD ’16

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I rarely write anything on Facebook, but thought this would be a great way to share my story and vision with as many people as I possibly can. After my time in New York and PTTOW’s most recent event, I realized we all need to give back more than we currently are to the world we live and breath in. To everyone in my generation, us millennials, we are the key to making a better world for our generation, past generations, and future generations. A lot of us are truly blessed and lucky to have the comfortable lives we have, but rarely do we think and consider about how to help others in need.

As we grow and begin to solidify our future not only in the work force but as human beings, we should all find ways in developing a better world as a whole. Everyone is different, not everyone agrees with one another, and that is fine, we are human. But something we all have is a heart. Love. Love is a big word, what does love mean?…

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My Decision to Attend USC and Price School – by Alvin Neo, BS RED ’19

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Now is the time of year that college decisions are being released and prospective high school seniors are contemplating and debating their choices. Choosing the right college will be a huge struggle in the coming weeks as the May 1st deadline slowly creeps up and up. I would like to just give a perspective on my decision on why I chose USC and the Price School as I applied and debated my decisions.

I was ecstatic when I received my USC acceptance letter electronically. Though USC will send out a paper copy to your mailing address, at the time, I was in transit in Hong Kong on my way to Malaysia. I screamed and cheered in the bustling airport, repeatedly telling my parents that I have been accepted to USC. At the time, I never really figured out why I was so ecstatic. Sure, I supported USC football for the past 10 years but that was it in terms of my involvement and support for USC. It seemed like I had an innate desire, appreciation for USC and after 2 months here at USC, I have already been calling USC “home.” Now, I will be sidetracking if I started talking about all the excitement and opportunities that I have had at USC and instead will leave that story for a post later this week…..

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Tips for New Undergrads – by Yana Tonezer, BS PPD ’18

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Being a first year undergrad student is the most overwhelming, yet exciting time of your life. Campus is always buzzing with fun events, whether it is a career fair, a football game, or anything else. During my freshman year, adjusting to such a lively campus was challenging, but also an unforgettable experience. Three important pieces of advice I learned along the way really helped me have an incredible first year at USC:

1. Try new things!….. Continue reading

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Why I Chose Price – by Arye Abraham, BS PPD ’17

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Born and raised in the vibrant and dynamic city of Los Angeles, I found myself constantly eyeing the notion of attending USC for my undergraduate education. USC was always THAT school to me; it had the glamour, the allure and that special mystique. It had the storied powerhouse football team, along with the exemplary one of a kind academic programs and the sought-after private education that caters to each and every students needs.

At the young age of eight in January of 2006, I was in attendance at the USC vs. Texas national championship game where Vince Young crushed every Trojan’s heart across the nation after the sideline scramble which lead to a rushing touchdown that ended up deciding the game. That experience only motivated me more so to become a USC Trojan and represent the university in the absolute finest manner… Continue reading

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What I Love About Los Angeles – by Taara Prasad, BS PPD ’17

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I grew up mostly in Northern California, so I didn’t think moving to Southern California for school would be much of a culture shock. But, much to my surprise, I was in for a change. The weather is much warmer here. The industry plays an enormous role in this city. And Los Angeles is much more spread out than San Francisco.

My first semester freshman year, I was hesitant as any college freshman would be. Being a fan of cooler weather, not having much interaction with the theater program, and not having a car, I was definitely nervous before coming to school. But from the point I stepped onto campus during move-in day, and until now, my sophomore year, I have found that Los Angeles has so many opportunities here that make it the perfect place to go to school!…
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Suggested Tips from a Price Ambassador

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Moving to Los Angeles, the City of Angels! Some daunting things can happen moving from one coast to another. Things you worry about include housing, roommates, transportation, furnishings, and more! I made the move from Florida to Los Angeles with … Continue reading

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Growing up and Staying in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is my hometown and I am proud of all the ways it is growing and evolving. I’m constantly finding new places to explore and discover. One part of Los Angeles that has been particularly fun to watch evolve … Continue reading

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Finding a New Home in Los Angeles

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When I first moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta, I knew it was going to be a major transition, but also a great learning experience. As an urban planning student, I knew that living in Los Angeles would in itself … Continue reading

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Say “Yes” to New Experiences

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When I was an undergraduate student, one of the best pieces of advice that I have ever received from a guest speaker in one of my classes was to say “yes” to new experiences. One of the caveats from her … Continue reading

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