I actually waited until the last day to commit to USC. I took my sweet time in committing, even though deep inside I was hooked on SC since I set foot on campus. However, USC was more expensive for me than other options, and I had to seriously consider if the quality of education I would receive here merited the extra cost. And though I stand by my education being worth every penny I’m paying, what truly nailed the decision for me was that at SC, I saw a culture I could not only learn in, but grow in, and achieve in. Looking at Viterbi especially, I saw engineers that were first of all, happy. Engineers that were following their other passions. Engineers that were making awesome advancements during their four years as undergraduates.
After two years on this campus, I could give you a dissertation on why USC, and Viterbi specifically, is an amazing place to be a college student. But looking back, I made the decision because when I looked four years down the line, I honestly just liked the me that became a Trojan more than the one that became a Knight, or a Wildcat, or a Bee. I saw myself clearly out of my comfort zone, involved, happy, and in love with USC. I couldn’t turn that down.
I’m sure other schools offer the same thing for some people. However, for me, SC was the place I could see myself growing into someone I’d always wanted to be. If you’ve applied to Viterbi, you’ve heard of Engineering+. It’s the idea that engineers do more than just math and science. Engineers volunteer, perform in the marching band, invest, paint, play hockey, and I didn’t feel like I had to choose between any of those at Viterbi.
But honestly, USC was the more expensive option for me. I truly had to consider the financial strain paying for college would have, and if that was worth it. It wasn’t easy at the time. I was worried I was wrong, or that paying more for college wasn’t worth it and it would be savvier to go somewhere cheaper. I am lucky to have had advice from my older sister who chose the cheaper route and says she wishes she hadn’t. She had a great time in college, but she’s 28 and the extra money she would have spent going to her dream school doesn’t look the same to her now. With her advice, I chose to make the investment into USC, into the next four years and I’ve never looked back.
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