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 We surveyed our students that are current see what they wish they had known prior to applying to USC. Here is what they should state:

Mary Waller (Junior from Chicago, IL): because you got mixed up about an essay topic or a deadline, just remember that you are (probably) not actually insane, and that everyone else is experiencing the same thing as you freak out about small details in your essay, and have regular panic attacks. Try to remember, instead, you are awesome. That's the part of you that admissions officers wish to see, and that you are? Challenge yourself to be authentic if you don't think that you're awesome, how in the world are you going to convince an admissions officer.

Spencer Lepow (Freshman from Houston, TX): I wish I would have understood that the goal associated with admissions officer is always to get you IN. They are fighting them out by submitting a polished application that really reflects you and your strengths for you, so help.

Simone Geller (Freshman from Foothill Ranch, CA): For the most part, the students signing up to a prestigious school like USC are all going to be smart with good grades and high test ratings. What's imperative to get across in the application through your essays is a clear image of who you truly are. Speak about the things you're passionate about, your goals for the immediate as well as the future that is distant and things you aspire to do at USC if you opt to come here.

Paige Handley (Sophomore from Provo, (more…)

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