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Athletics: I go to Blair High School in Pasadena,California. The athlete's at my school are alright but, we haven't won a game in our season since 2008 ( in all sports) and although we haven't won, our team tries their hardest on the team and our teams performance is wonderful because the try over and over in till the complete what the need to get done. Our students at my high school and parents, help our teams motivation my cheering their hardest. Our school spirit is outstanding, we dress our school colors every day and we have spirit week, where 90% of the students that attend the school do spirit week. (For spirit week we had Monday- PJ Day, Tuesday- I.D. Switch, Wednesday- Classy Day, Thursday- Jersey Day and finally but no lease Friday- School Colors.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration is very strict in terms of parking, visitation, and academic violations, but are lenient and sometimes turn a blind eye to alcohol.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have the Metro line, Uber, Zipcar, etc. Everything but the Metro can get pretty costly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Better than those of other schools that I've visited, but definitely could use some improvement in late-night options and in healthier options.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there was better off-campus dining, but we are pretty confined in that area. Can't wait for UV to open!

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: As expensive as the school may be, they give great financial aid to those who need it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is such a big part of USC. A third of the student population is involved.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol run rampant in our school and it's very out of control.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I find our campus extremely beautiful and scenic. Libraries do tend to get very crowded though.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not living in the best part of Los Angeles, but it is Los Angeles nonetheless.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC football - enough said.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Off-campus crime is prevalent, but I always feel safe on-campus.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Los Angeles weather - enough said.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I think USC has arguably the most diverse campus in the nation.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi is unreliable, but there are many computer labs and tons of Macs.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol rules. It's everywhere. You don't have to drink, but you have to be comfortable with drunk people because you'll see them often. Drugs aren't as big, but this is California, so you can find some weed if you want to score some. but yeah, booze everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The key word at SC is flexibility. They're big on you planning out your curriculum and exploring your interests a lot. Some of the programs here (cinema, journalism, engineering) are nationally and internationally renowned. My professors have been amazing so far. Powerful, accomplished people teach at SC, and I've already learned so much.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's a big campus, so it depends on what aspect you're focusing on. Some buildings, like the Cinema school, are GORGEOUS. Others are leaning towards the old side. Overall, the school is beautiful and pleasant to walk around in. They're always building more structures (like the new journalism/comm building!) so it's interesting to see the campus continue to grow.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of restaurants nearby within walking distance. You can find whatever type of food you want just by going off campus any time. If you have a car, you're set -- so many great restaurants in LA.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: One of the most cosmopolitan campuses in the US. One of the highest rates of international students here. Tons of clubs for people of every race, gender, and religion. Class tends to lean towards the affluent, but I think that's a legacy thing that SC is trying to shake.


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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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Students from Southern California usually love USC from the beginning and strengthen their bonds with the school as time passes. Students who travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.

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