College Senior 2011-11-08T23:47:39Z
I haven't really been approached about internships regarding my major. They seem to cater to a select group of majors like business and engineering. So I really don't know where to go to get an internship. I also need money. I'm not as well-off as other students here and I heavily depend on a paid job. Most internships are unpaid.
College Senior 2011-11-08T23:44:05Z
In my case, USC has practically paid for almost everything. I didn't get as much money as I hoped this year and for that I've definitely been struggling alot. I definitely recommend finding help from outside scholarships.
College Senior 2011-11-08T23:41:22Z
Odd One Out – I consider myself culturally open-minded but I am not too fond of the lack of Latino students and those of whom I've met commute because living at USC is ridiculously expensive. Sometimes its nice to have people that have that cultural connection but that definitely lacks here.
College Sophomore 2011-11-07T01:48:45Z
It's the Golden State for a Reason – The sun is always shinning, so the weather always keeps your mood in check and the sun keeps the afternoon warm. It often gets a bit chilly during the fall and winter, but it is still bearable.
College Sophomore 2011-11-07T01:43:15Z
Fills Your Stomach – The dinning halls offer a great selection of dishes everyday. Although some dishes may get quite repetitive, the food is still delicious. A big plus is breakfast is often served late into the afternoon on weekends.
College Junior 2011-11-02T19:57:11Z
Greek life reminds me of high school. If you like Greek Life theres' plenty of it ( if you get into a "good" one). Greeks can have a bad rep by non-Greeks. I have a lot of greek friends and love all of them, but I do know some Greeks who I think are stuck-up, rich snobs who think they are better than anyone. If you're a girl too, you can participate in most party things so its not necessary to be Greek to be social. and there's a big non greek scene
College Junior 2011-11-02T19:54:43Z
L.A. Live Is a 5 Minute Drive – Theres a lot of fast food around campus that's cheap for students and pretty tasty. Chanos is amazing. But if you don't mind driving or taking the bus there are amazing restaurants. I mean its L.A.
College Junior 2011-11-02T19:53:22Z
Its Alright – There is a computer lab open 24/7 but sometimes all of them will be taken. You should bring a computer to campus its just much more convenient. Wireless access is anywhere on campus, and even some places dirtily off campus. Theres good connection and speed. Printing kind of sucks because its so expensive
College Junior 2011-10-31T02:40:43Z
Cars: You Don't Need Them – Everything you could possibly need is within 5 blocks of campus at USC. If you bring a car to school, you'll be really popular, because almost no one has one here. You'll use it now and then to go to the beach or to Hollywood, but the majority of the time your car will sit parked in the very expensive University lots. The school also has a free car service and there are buses and trains going everywhere around Los Angeles. A car is an unnecessary commodity.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-20T00:30:24Z
Aside from the first month which is un-godly hot for California, our weather here is perfect. Today was a "cold" day and it was 68 degrees. However, when it rains, people act like the world is ending and don't go to class.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-20T00:29:00Z
but to really explore LA and get further than the Staples Center you or a friend need a car.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-20T00:28:21Z
Decent but Not Enough – The parking situation is fine with around 5 big lots on campus but they're not centrally located. Almost all are on the perimeters of campus.
College Senior 2011-10-09T00:19:35Z
The say that they'll cover 100% of what is needed, however, they only gave me $9000 dollars in loans. I can not afford anything at my school and I'm living well below my needs. I'm about to start working 2 jobs just so I can pay off some of these loans while I'm in school. If you're middle class, you're basically screwed because you won't get any financial aid and you won't be able to afford it. The rich can pay for the tuition whereas the less fortunate receive full aid.
College Senior 2011-10-09T00:13:10Z
Health & Safety:
Beefing up the Security – I live on the west side of campus where security roams sparsely. Last month, we had a shooting which ended up in two USC students shot. Moreover, the DPS (USC designated security) arrived much later which let the offenders escape. To USC's credit, they did invest a few million to beef up the security on the west-side, but it definitely isn't enough. They need to make sure the money is being used more efficiently and that they spread out the human resources so that the west-side receives more attention from DPS officers.
College Senior 2011-10-09T00:10:28Z
With in a mile radius of USC, you have all the major players in the fast food arena. There is McDonalds, Carls Jr., Chipotle, Free Birds, Burger King etc. However, where are the alternative healthy options? I don't mean the Subways or Quiznos, but I'm referring to the hole-in-the wall joints which serve delicious, wholesome, healthy meals. Moreover, nothing is cheap around USC. If you want to achieve buying a healthy meal for a mere five dollars, you're going to have to go further than the mile radius which automatically demands that you have a bike or a car. Thus, I wish USC had healthier, cheaper, more convenient answers to the mega house of fast food chains. Am I really asking for too much?
College Senior 2011-10-07T05:18:28Z
Guys & Girls:
The Proper Look – Here at USC, there is no sole look. Because of its diversity, different people dress differently. Because of the hot weather during the spring and the beginning of the fall semester, the majority of the students wear shorts.People tend to dress comfortable and casual.
College Senior 2011-10-07T05:14:30Z
USC takes pride in its diversity. There are students from all over the world. Not only is USC diverse in a cultural sense, it is diverse in religous background as well as economic backgrounds. Several church services are held for different religions. People from different economic status are accepted here too.
College Senior 2011-10-07T05:11:48Z
Convenient and Cost Friendly – There are so many off-campus dining places. For those that prefer fast-food places, their is Burger King, Subway, and the such. For those all nighters, there is Starbucks. For those looking for more modern places, there is the Lab restaurant. Not only are all these places close, they are also affordable, especially because of the student discount.
College Junior 2011-10-05T07:09:43Z
Hot and Cold – The weather is pretty good here compared to other states. In the summer it could get very hot though. And it's been getting a little colder lately. The weather's never drastic enough for me to consider a serious change of wardrobe. The weather's pretty predictable so I hardly ever get any surprises. It's very easy to live with.
College Junior 2011-10-05T07:06:41Z
Alcohol! Alcohol! Alcohol! I often hear stories of girls who are drugged at frat parties and it seems like a common occurence at certain fraternity houses. When fraternities throw parties, most often the alcohol will be very cheap and limited. The police regulate parties on an alright level. Sometimes parties that get really crazy will be shut down by the police, but they very rarely do. There's campus security on our fraternity row (where a lot of the parties are) that ensures our safety, but does not regulate alcohol or drug safety at all. It's very easy to get alcohol at USC and I've heard that it's very easy to get marijiuana also. I don't know about other drugs though. When students do get caught on campus though, they are severely punished.
College Junior 2011-10-05T07:00:54Z
There's a limited amount of racial diversity at this university. There are tons of international students, Caucasians, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, Indians, and African Americans. Compared to other schools in California, there's a higher proportion of international and African American students. Most of the internation students are Chinese and Koreans. They usually come from Singapore, China, Taiwan, you name it! There are also a good number of different races from different countries that I have met. I have met Brazilians, Russians, Israelites, Germans, French, etc. I'm Vietnamese and I'm from a town where there are tons of Vietnamese people so it's weird to come to a place where there's so little Vietnamese people. A lot of people (even other Asians) can't distinguish what ethnicity I am. It's really exciting when people can tell I'm Vietnamese because it's a very rare occurence here. I've made friends with Caucasians, Asian Americans, Mexicans, and African Americans. I find it hard to talk to some international students because of the language barrier and their tendency to group up with people who speak their language and are from their country. International students are usually very nice though and it's interesting to relay information about cultural customs and traditions with one another. There's a very large African American, Caucasian, and Indian population. The Mexican/Latino Americans are limited and I very rarely see them. There's a much smaller number of them, but I feel like I can most connect with them because they aren't pretentious and because they can't relate to my economic struggles. I would say that USC is diverse, yet it's not diverse at the same time. There's a disproportionate amount of certain races compared to others.
College Senior 2011-10-04T13:52:29Z
You Can Go Anywhere! All of the transportation options offered at USC are included in your tuition. Therefore, during the year, you do not need to pay any extra fees. You seriously can go anywhere. There are many different bus routes that takes to you different parts of campus. There is also something called campus cruiser which is like a taxi during night hours for your safety. It's wonderful.
College Senior 2011-10-04T13:49:57Z
Access to Everything! Living on campus is wonderful. You have endless possibilities. All the doors of the hallways are open so your social life is set! Any dorm offered at USC is great! Although it is a little bit costly, I think the experience is worth it. Campus is not enormous so everything is pretty much walking distance which makes dorming very convenient.
College Senior 2011-10-04T13:47:00Z
Great Opportunities – USC offers many different facilities students have access to during very convenient hours. The Lyon Center, which is the on campus recreational center, is open from 6am to 12am during the weekdays. I go five days a week because the hours are so long. We have a 24 hour library, Leavey Library, near the center of campus. The time and location are both very convenient. There is always something going on on campus. People are handing out fliers to join different clubs. Our campus is beautiful. The buildings, especially the one used by the School of Cinematic Arts, is breathtaking.
College Junior 2011-09-23T22:26:25Z
Permit Costs – Parking on campus is extremely expensive, but locations aren't too bad even if you're a freshman.
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