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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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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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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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USC DC Health Policy Forum – By Vivek Patel, MHA ’16

Posted on by Derek Robinson

At the beginning of February, I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to learn more about health policy for the upcoming year. First of its kind, the USC DC Health Policy Forum was initiated to expand students’ knowledge of health policy making (or lack thereof, given the current political environment) and to appreciate the intricacies—trade groups, academics, congressional committees, executive branch, etc—of passing health reform. While the forum was primarily targeted to EMHAs and alumni, being the one of two current MHA students did not hold me back.

The day and a half seminar was filled with diverse, experienced speakers. Some of the institutions represented were the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Academy of Medicine, Federation of American Hospitals, and the American Medical Association, among others….

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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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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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10 Tips From the Admissions Office For the Application Deadline

Posted on by Derek Robinson

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

Posted on by Sarah Esquivel

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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