So, I know most of you are starting to consider what school you are interested in attending in the fall. I thought that I help explain why I decided to come to USC over all the other schools that I was considering. Maybe by telling you why I chose USC, you will see why this is the best place in the world!!!
So by the end of March/beginning of April, all of the college acceptance/denial letters were mailed out to me, and I started considering where I wanted to spend my next four years as an undergraduate. I originally applied to USC because a friend of mine mentioned the school and when I did a little bit of research, I found out that it had a great engineering school and had a serious focus on research. However, other schools I was looking at also had a lot of the same attributes that USC had, so I needed to do more research on USC.
The first thing I discovered was that the University of Southern California was very personable and helpful. I felt like I was an important person when I visited there and I did not feel like just a number. The Viterbi school did a great job of reaching out to me as a prospective student and answering any questions that I had. Ironically, the main reason I decided to become a Viterbi Student Ambassador (VSA) was that I was really impressed with how the VSA’s were so welcoming and helpful, and I felt as though it would be very enjoyable to do the same thing: helping high school students see what a great school this is. Overall, USC does a great job of making its students a priority and connecting with them.
The second thing I found about USC was its research. Although I knew that USC was a research institution, I did not know that undergraduates were actually participating in this research. I was amazed to learn that undergraduate students all over campus (not just in the engineering school) were involved in doing research, and it was not extremely difficult to get a position working in a lab.
Then, one of the more fun, nonacademic things I found out about at USC was the “Spirit of Troy” – the USC Trojan Marching Band. I actually knew about them way before I applied, but upon being accepted to USC, I started to look into joining the band and I was extremely excited about what I found out about the band. Being able to go on trips all around the country to different football games and getting to be on gigs where I would perform around L.A. sounded amazing to me. Also, being a trombone player, I was excited that the band had a more brassy sound.
Finally, the last factor that went into my decision in coming to USC was the amazing location of the university. The university is located in a perfect location in downtown Los Angeles to access many different places. A mile away from campus is L.A. Live, which is where the professional basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers – my favorite team for as long as I can remember – plays in the Staples Center. To the west is Santa Monica (the beach!!) and to the north is Downtown, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Pasadena. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse and exciting places in the world and is perfect for a young person. USC is perfectly placed in the center of it all!
After visiting the campus once more in late April, I committed to USC and since then, I have had no regrets. I love attending such a great university and being part of a 300,000 member Trojan family!\