It’s hard to believe I’m graduating. At this point 4 years ago, I wasn’t completely sure about where I wanted to be for college. I was still worried about AP tests and my senior prom. I chose USC because it was one of the most academically challenging schools I had applied to, and moving to California from Florida seemed adventurous. I had never been to LA, and I hadn’t been raised a Trojan. But whenever I told someone I had been accepted to USC (“the real one, Southern Cal”) they all got the same happy, astonished look on their faces, and said something along the lines of “wow, congratulations, you’re going to love it”. They never asked if I was considering my other options. It was always assumed that if I’d gotten into USC, I would go. And I’m so happy I did!
There are tons of amazing universities, but I feel like I chose USC because it provided me with a perfect balance: an acclaimed and challenging engineering school, but with plenty of social and professional opportunities. Living in LA has allowed me to intern during the school year, go to tons of festivals, and explore somewhere new every weekend. During the week, being on the small USC campus keeps me focused, and clubs and my sorority keep me grounded. It’s a balance that keeps me doing well in school while still having fun.
I know how lucky I am to have gotten into such an amazing school that has made the past 4 years some of the best I’ve ever had. While I’m sad to graduate, I’m also excited because USC has connected me with an amazing job for after graduation. And now I get to join the amazing Trojan Family as an alumnae. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend USC, and I would absolutely make the choice again if I could go back.