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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…..
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….
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……
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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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
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
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
As I am about to finish my first semester at USC, I am thankful for what I have learned so far in the MPA program. My future goals and career aspirations are to lead a nonprofit organization that advocates for underserved communities, as well as run for elected office in Northern California.
Being at USC Price, I am first able to strengthen my knowledge of public administration in the classroom with two core classes: Public Administration; Society and Human Behavior in Public Organizations…. Continue reading
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
Posted in Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development, Dual Degree, Master of Health Administration, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy | Tagged adjusting, Moving to LA, networking, PELA, Planning and Development, Social Impact, Transition, trojan family