Tips for Acceptance and Rejection Season

    Written by: Bryn Doyle (University of Southern California) As a college freshman who applied to 19 schools, I am very familiar with the pains and joys that come with rejections and acceptances. Here are my 5 tips for college responses:   Celebrate every acceptance. These months will be filled with rejection, so it is important to savor every acceptance. Even if you get into what you consider a “safety school,” that is something to celebrate. You are going somewhere and every acceptance broadens your choices. Let it hurt Rejection sucks. It is that simple. Let it hurt and be sad. You are saying goodbye to an entire future you imagined, and that is a big deal. But, Rejection Doesn’t Mean Your Life is Over There are plenty of paths for school after High School. As long as you approach your education with an open mind and enthusiasm, it will work out. Don’t be strict with your path. Maybe another school suits you better than your supposed dream school or community college will help you transfer to your dream school. Keep an Open Mind Even if you get into that school from your list with the lowest acceptance rate and most …

Joining the Trojan Family

Contributed by: Bryn Doyle, University of Southern California Whether you’re into spirit at your high school, spirit at University of Southern California (USC) is unavoidable. During freshman orientation and move in, freshmen are totally immersed in the school’s pride. The fight song is heard from every corner of campus and “fight on” victory signs are flashed at the new students. Rallies begin, and students gather at the heart of campus at the statue of Tommy Trojan. I must admit, I participated ironically at first like many other freshmen. Now, we all fully embrace the cheesy spirit on campus because it is one of things that makes USC great. Football games are wildly fun, even if you don’t like football or sports like me. Learning the songs and cheering on Traveler, a real horse, as he runs around stadium after a Trojan Touchdown is so lively and exhilarating. Together, united by our love for our school, the Trojan Family is born and grows with every freshman class. Perhaps the greatest part of the Trojan Family is the growing network it has in Los Angeles and the world. The school provides an extensive Trojan Network website to help current students make connections and find …

Time Management: Adjusting to the Free Time in A College Schedule

    Written by Sherpa Jackie G. In high school, you typically are in class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even if you have a study hall period, you are required to stay in a certain area of campus or be back within an hour or so. College does away with this standard schedule all together. Classes are held sometimes as late at 7 p.m., or you may have an 8 a.m. class and not another until 4 p.m. What you do during that time is not dictated by anyone but yourself. How you choose to spend that time can have a great influence on your grades, social life, and overall health. Do you spend that time at the gym? Getting ahead on assignments? Fooling around on YouTube for hours? I remember my first day of college classes, or I should really say class. Monday rolled around and I had one lecture from 1 to 1:50 p.m. and the rest of the day to spend however I wanted. While many students at UC Santa Barbara succumb to hours on the beach playing Frisbee, tanning, or surfing, I tried to incorporate a balance of work and play. I may spend …