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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…..
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……
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…..
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….
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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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
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….
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
If you are thinking about going to graduate school, I highly recommend taking some time to work in the industry that you expect to study in. For example, I have worked in the healthcare and hospital field before I was … Continue reading
I was lucky enough to attend the Price Guardian Awards Gala on September 26th. What an affair! Held at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel, guests were treated to a multi-course meal, musical performances, amazing networking, and the celebration of alumni. … Continue reading