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Very Hard
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Guys & Girls: It's LA, so looks are everything to a lot of people. A lot of people live off of their rich parents and are kind of shallow, but then again, there are a lot of great people, too. It's a culture shock to move to LA, but it's great once you adjust.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone in LA is hot. Everyone!

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Guys & Girls: I've met a lot of really great people. They're smart, interesting, and attractive.

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Guys & Girls: It's Southern California; it doesn't get any better.

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Guys & Girls: It depends on what you like, but remember, this is LA. Everyone is beautiful!

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Nightlife: The clubs are awesome! There's nothing like a night out in LA! You can hit The Palace, the Key Club, Florentine Gardens, the Conga Room, or other spots like the Boogie, and Gotham Hall-the list is endless.

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Nightlife: If you want to stay close to campus, there is a bar called the 9-0. It's a bit small, and the drinks can cost a bit, but if you're a girl, that doesn't matter; your drinks will almost always be paid for. The 9-0 is convenient because they are not very strict on IDs. USC also has an on-campus bar called Traditions. Remember that when at USC, you are only about 10 miles away from Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. There, you can find just about any bar or club worth going to in LA.

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Nightlife: Clubs are fun here and plentiful. The only bad thing is that most of them close at 2 a.m., unlike clubs in New York City and DC.

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Nightlife: USC is located about 20 minutes from all of the hot spots (Sunset Blvd., Disneyland, Santa Monica, and Hollywood). Everything you want is close by!

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Nightlife: There is the 9-0, where everyone goes throughout the week. Honestly, it is a hole in the wall-very small and dirty-but it's a total blast. You can find other students there Monday through Thursday.

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Nightlife: There is fun available both near and far from campus. The 9-0 is a local hangout; they're easy on IDs.

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Nightlife: If you plan to get involved with Greek life, the 9-0 is supposedly the happening spot. 29th Street Café is another. There is also the on-campus bar, which is pretty fun on some weeknights.

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Nightlife: All in all, I think the best part of coming to USC is that it gives you a gateway to LA and all it has to offer. I wouldn't limit myself to what's near campus. Hollywood is close by with countless great lounges and bars like Saddle Ranch, the Highlands, Las Palmas Café, House of Blues, the Room, Knitting Factory, the Root Down, and Boardner's. Whatever you're into, I'm sure LA has it. I definitely feel that the vibe is more relaxed and friendly here.

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Nightlife: LA nightlife is out of control. It's so much fun, but you have to have a good ID. You can't get in anywhere unless you're 21. Sunset Boulevard is the place to go for the clubs. It is very commonplace to see celebrities at any of those clubs. The favorite hangouts at night are the 9-0 and the 2-9, which is a bar/café where it's a more chill atmosphere but still very social.

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Nightlife: The spot to be on a week night is the `9-0;' it's the 901 Club. It's very crowded, very loud, and very fun. They will accept random forms of identification-student IDs, other people's IDs, and library cards. Traditions, aka Traddie's, is the on-campus bar. They recently got strict about IDs. The Row, or 28th Street, is always a must. It's all the fraternities and sororities on one street.

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Nightlife: On campus, there's Traditions. It's a typical, small sports bar. At one end of the Row, there's the 9-0, which is a filthy, disgusting hole in the wall filled with true alcoholics. If you go, I suggest Tuesday or Thursday, and don't wear open-toed shoes. If you don't go, you miss a true USC experience.

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Nightlife: There are all kinds of places to party in LA. This is the entertainment capitol of the world. You'll need an ID for places on Sunset Strip, but you'll also have the chance to party with the most superficial and spoiled crowd in the world. You can find a great beach scene if you go for a drive. There are a lot of fun bars in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.

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Nightlife: The 2-9 turns into a bar around 9ish, and when there are no parties on the Row, everyone goes to the 901 Club.

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Drug Safety: Nothing absurd goes on here; some people do drugs, most people don't. I haven't heard of many people involved in harder drugs, it's mostly marijuana.

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Drug Safety: Let's see . . . there's a lot of weed and some `shrooms. Coke and meth aren't too big, but I've seen it come through. `E' was big for a while, but I think people are getting over that. I guess it's mostly weed.

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Drug Safety: I don't think the drug scene is out of control. I'm sure if you look for it, you'll find it. I haven't really noticed drugs while being here, and I went out and partied.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are more `undercover' here, not as open. USC is a moderate school, not extremely right-wing or liberal. You get the occasional bud smoker here and there. If you plan on doing it, I'm sure you'll find a handful that will do it with you.

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Drug Safety: There's a handful of rich kids in the Greek scene that have money to burn, so you get the occasional coke or ecstasy users at some parties. If you choose to stay away from it, you don't get any peer pressure and probably won't notice it. I'd recommend not getting involved, of course.

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Drug Safety: I know drugs do exist on campus. Many people smoke weed, but I haven't really heard or seen anything worse than that, although I know it's out there. I've heard of some cases of GHB, the date rape drug, slipped into some people's drinks, but those could be rumors.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are really not that big. I do know people who do drugs. It's definitely discouraged in the Greek system. I believe you can be kicked out for drugs.

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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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