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Greek Life: Even if you don't plan on joining a house, I strongly recommend going through rush, just for the experiences and to meet new people.

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Greek Life: Greek life is pretty popular at USC. I'm in it, yet several of my friends are not. It doesn't dominate the social scene at all, yet I feel that it has enhanced my social life. You could go either way, participate or not, and still have fun.

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Greek Life: Hazing is going out of style, mostly by order of the school, but frats are getting to be more humane and less idiotic. Everyone knows that it's fun to be a part of a house, but the cost of joining-mental, physical, and emotional-can do a number on kids that have other issues to worry about.

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Greek Life: Greek life is very big at USC. All of the girls I knew were Greek, and they all loved their houses.

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Greek Life: I can't really say that the Greek life dominates the social scene on campus, but it does leave its marks.

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Greek Life: I've heard that sororities have really superficial ways of rushing girls, but I'm still interested in checking a couple houses out just to see what the big deal is about being in a sorority.

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Greek Life: Fraternities are great for guys who want some experience working with a group as a team outside of a classroom setting. Granted, projects might revolve around getting money together for a keg, but it helps guys to get a clearer picture of how to work as individual parts of a whole entity.

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Greek Life: There are tons of Greek parties. USC seems to have a fairly big Greek focus, which is good and bad. However, you'll be perfectly fine if you don't join a house.

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Greek Life: I hear Greek life gives you a good foundation to get into other organizations and activities on campus. There are also professional-based Greek organizations that are pretty big.

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Greek Life: It's very large, but not everything. If you want to party in houses, it helps to be Greek. It doesn't dominate the social scene as much as the Greeks say it does. I went my freshman year not being Greek, and I was happy. I joined to meet more kids like myself.

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Greek Life: Greek life is great, and yes, it does dominate the social scene, in my opinion.

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Greek Life: Greek life is big. It gives you more activities to do.

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Greek Life: If you are interested in meeting people and like to be social, I would definitely recommend going through rush to at least see if you like it.

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Greek Life: About Greek stuff-I would suggest it if you don't feel like it's right for you, it's definitely not necessary.

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Greek Life: It's huge at USC. When I was a freshman, it honestly felt to me like the majority of people were Greek. That isn't true at all, though. If you are looking to go Greek, this might be a good place for you. And if you're not, there are still tons of ways to get involved here at USC.

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Greek Life: The Greek system is pretty big, but if it doesn't dominate, and you don't have to join to go to their parties.

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Greek Life: If you've seen Legally Blonde or Sorority Boys, you've seen our Greek Row. You don't have to be Greek to have a strong social life, and you don't have to be Greek to be friends with people who are.

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Greek Life: It definitely does dominate the social scene at our school, but not everyone is a part of it, and people still come to the parties. Greeks have friends who are not Greek. There are so many connections, benefits, and friendships to be made in the Greek system.

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Greek Life: You'll find that people in the Greek system are involved in so many other activities.

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Greek Life: If you do like Greek life, you would like it at USC. If you're not into that thing, you'll still like USC because you can easily avoid it.

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Health & Safety: Many people think that USC is in a really bad, unsafe neighborhood, but I have to disagree. The community surrounding USC is very connected to the school.

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Health & Safety: USC loves to boast about the campus security; there are tons of blue-light posts set up around campus for you to use in case of an emergency. The average response time for a DPS officer (not a rent-a-cop) is supposed to be less than 20 seconds. Unfortunately, the area surrounding the campus isn't all that great, but no one that I know personally has been robbed or attacked in any way.

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Health & Safety: Stay within a two-mile radius from campus, and you're very safe.

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Health & Safety: Because of the neighborhood that USC is located in, security is definitely stepped up. I feel comfortable on campus, as well as off campus. Just be street smart; don't walk alone at night.

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Health & Safety: Supposedly, no matter where you are on campus, you should be able to see a blue-light phone. At this blue-light is a little button that you press and campus security will be there within one minute. Our campus security is called DPS; you see their vehicles everywhere.

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BJ Grip
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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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