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USC Price Student Organizations – by Chris Purcell, MPL ’17

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The number of ways to become involved with USC was one of the main reasons why I chose to attend Price as an urban planning graduate student. Attending the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy admit day allowed me to learn about the different student organizations and communities that were open to incoming students. It was there that I learned about the student organization Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD), and I knew right away that I wanted to join as a member.

ASPD acts as one of the main urban planning graduate student associations at USC and puts on a number of events throughout the school year….

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I Survived!: Recap of My First Semester at Price – By Olivia Joncich, MPL ’17

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Despite what many of my friends from my time as an undergraduate at UCLA have dubbed “crossing over to the dark side,” attending USC for graduate school is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. In just one semester, I’ve met some of the kindest, most amazing people I could imagine, started an internship that has already proven to be incredibly valuable, and completely altered and inspired my perspective on urban planning. Any and all apprehension I once had regarding my decision to come to Price to complete my Master of Planning degree has been entirely replaced by pride in my school and optimism for what is to come……

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Alternative Winter Break- India – by Fiahna Cabana, MPA ‘17

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In between balancing two-part time jobs, getting involved in student organizations, and of course, football season—my first semester of grad school was more than I had bargained for. But nonetheless, the best decision I’ve made at this point in my career.

Prior coming into grad school I was concerned with not only how will I get involved at the Price School, but how can I also participate in the greater USC community. This led me to an opportunity through the Alternative Break (AB) program at the Center for Service Programs (under Campus Activities). This is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage in service learning and volunteerism in communities outside of the Los Angeles area…..

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What Can You Do With An MPP? – by Rachel Huguet, MPP ’17

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One semester into my Master of Public Policy at USC and I’ve become accustomed to the question: “But what are you going to do with an MPP?” The confusion is understandable – unlike someone studying engineering or physical therapy, I’m not going to be a public policy.

Personally, I chose MPP because I am interested in using the quantitative skills gained through my courses in statistics and economics to evaluate new, innovative solutions to social problems. I’ll most likely find myself working at a nonprofit or foundation, helping them strategically invest their limited resources. I plan to get a certificate from the highly ranked Marshall School of Business, at no extra cost to me, to further round out my resume….

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My Graduate Student Life at Price – by Kuaikuai Wei, MPA ’16

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When I first came to US last year, everything was new and fresh to me. I was very nervous about my life at USC. Could I get along well with my new friends? Could I adapt quickly to American higher education? One of my American friends told me, “just be brave and take opportunities. You’ll be fine.” Throughout my first year in USC I kept thinking positively and tried new things to learn about myself and explore US. I value my experience here and want to share it with prospective graduate students….

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Football Season! – by Katie Bradley, BS PPD ’18

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Win or lose, football is always a highlight of my fall semester. There are many different opportunities for students to get involved in game day, whether it be tailgating, sitting in the student section, traveling to away games, or watching from the field. Here is a look at some of my highlights of the 2015 football season.

Season Opener: Arkansas State and Idaho

There is no better way to start off football season than with three consecutive home games, which is exactly how the 2015 season started at USC. For these games I was a member of Traveler Crew, the group that clears the field for our beloved mascot Traveler to run after every touchdown run. This gave me an all access field pass and an incredible perspective on USC football. I watched the players run through the tunnel at the start of the game, and I watched beloved defensive back, Su’a Cravens, catch an interception 5 feet away from me… Continue reading

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Why I Love Los Angeles – by Chris Purcell, MPL ’17

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Because Los Angeles is such a large city, it has the ability to offer endless opportunities and experiences for its residents and visitors alike. From its sunny beaches to its world-class museums and art galleries, there is always something new to see and do! I’ve since come to discover a few unique characteristics about LA that I love, which have made me realize that I never want to leave this city….

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10 Tips From the Admissions Office For the Application Deadline

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Depending on where you are in your life (current student, working professional, career change), applying to graduate school can be a daunting process: everything from preparing for the GRE, to catering your statement of purpose to your program of interest and obtaining strong letters of recommendation. There are many ways to approach the application process and convey that you are the good fit for the program.

Below are 10 effective tips for submitting a strong application to the USC Price School…
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Networking at Price – by Rhea Mac, MPP ’16

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I have an eternal love affair with my beautiful city of Los Angeles and the various gems it bestows upon me. Amongst the most beautiful of these gems is the Univeristy of Southern California and one of its schools that I call home – The Sol Price School of Public Policy (affectionately referred to as Price). I can’t say enough about why I love Price… Continue reading

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Why I Chose USC Price – Vivek Patel, MHA ’16

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My decision to choose USC Price turned out to be much simpler than I had imagined. As a recent undergraduate at UC San Diego who had a desire to pursue a postgraduate degree in healthcare management, I wanted to stay in Southern California to build a stronger local network and I wanted to attend a school that offered ample professional development opportunities. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but looking back at the decision a year later I believe I made the right choice to pursue an MHA.

Professional development here at USC is fantastic; you will have a plethora of opportunities to meet prominent professionals through networking events and such… Continue reading

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