Now that I’m a senior, the college admission process seems like it was so long ago. Nonetheless, I definitely still remember how I came to make the best decision of my life – choosing to attend USC.
Early in the college application process, I I actually wasn’t sure if USC was the school for me. It’s tough for me to admit, but UCLA was actually one of my front-runners, along with UCSD and Stanford. I somewhat half-heartedly applied to USC, never really considering it as a legitimate option for where I’d end up. However, as the process moved on and I began my college visits and getting deeper into researching each school, things started to change.
First of all, I received my admission letter to USC quite a bit before the other schools. It helped that I was in the running to receive a scholarship, as those letters were sent out earlier, but either way, USC got it’s foot in the door first. The turning point for me came when I attended Explore USC. I fell in love with the campus (even though I am from SoCal, I had never really been on campus before) and the Viterbi School. The students all seemed genuinely happy to be here and this was further evidenced by the huge amount of school spirit and pride visible in the many cardinal and gold t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. I also really enjoyed the flexibility USC allowed in terms of majoring and minoring in multiple disciplines because I wanted to take a few business classes as well, in hopes that one day I would get an MBA. The great athletic tradition that USC has was the icing on top of the cake. The school I attended NEEDED to have a good football program, and there aren’t too many (if any) that can consistently compete with USC.
Looking back on my decision to attend USC four years ago, I can 100% positively say that I made the right choice. I am excited to continue my education here for grad school through the Progressive Degree program, and looking forward to calling myself a “Trojan” for the rest of my life!