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| USC was not my first choice (I really didn't care where I went, and they gave me lots of money), so I've been very pleasantly surprised over the past two years with all of the great things I've discovered at USC. Yes, there are LOTS of annoying students, but I usually just ignore the Greek scene, so that cuts down on the amount of vapid and idiotic people I have to deal with.|
It seems many people on this site complain about the Greek system, and to tell you the truth, I also hate it with a passion. It is the most ridiculously pointless thing I've ever encountered at USC, but unfortunately, the administration seems to support it. It's not too hard to ignore the idiots, though, and so it usually doesn't bother me too much.
I've had my bike stolen, so I know first hand that campus security isn't all that great, but most of the horror stories you hear about girls getting raped or people getting mugged happen when people decide to go roaming the streets of South Central at night, which you obviously shouldn't do.
I read all the comments on this page, and while all the Business majors seem to hate their department, I LOVE mine. All of the professors are amazing, and I've had amazing opportunities to work closely with them (which will definitely help when I apply to grad school). My classes have been great (except for one boring Sociology class), and for the most part, TAs are helpful (my chem TA barely spoke English, but she's been the only one). Choose your major wisely, since it can affect EVERYTHING.
The social life is great (and I hate the Greek system, so I'm not even talking about the Row), especially if you join clubs and do other activities at USC. People who complain that there's nothing to do obviously haven't gotten involved in things.
Oh, and lots of people complained about their shitty RAs, but why didn't they do anything about them? A few complaints to the system, and you bet that RA would have gotten hauled in for questioning. Oh, and nobody on my floor had an electric guitar, so it strikes me as a little odd that so many people complained about that.Basically, USC isn't Ivy League, and students know that. It is, however, a great school and it can be a great experience if you put a little effort into it.
|May 31 2005|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| I was a linguistics and religion double major. Liked most of the teachers in the religion (Dr. Hock is AWESOME) and about half of the linguistics ones. People are fairly shallow, they put more value on having a ton of aquaintances and less value on having a few close friends. I only keep in touch with 2 people from SC and one of them, even though I love her, is a total flake. I tried some campus groups my freshman year, when I lived in campus housing, but they were filled with shallow people who I couldn't connect with. The GE classes are a ploy for money, I am all for a well-rounded education, but if that was what they really wanted then they would have allowed transfered GE classes, but they don't (my linguistic advisor actually told me it was because they lost too much money doing that). Some GE teachers would give you bad grades if you disagreed with them politically. I once had a TA tell the class after handing out a round of bad grades that she graded us lower than we deserved to encourage us to work harder! Too much beauracracy at the school too. Additionally, financial aid is terrible. I went to USC instead of another university that gave me an awesome scholarship which you keep unless you get bad grades, because at USC they paid full tuition for my freshman year, but then gave me nothing the next year because one document was in a day late. Now I am deep in debt and I don't have a very good job because the so-called Trojan family/network is non-existant in Washington, DC. I lived near campus (within about 2mi) and my husband and I's cars were broked into 5 times we had all our cds and radios taken (they weren't even nice radios, the cheapest ones you can buy in the stores), I was mugged at gunpoint and my husband was mugged at knifepoint and this was just walking from car to apartment (like 10 feet) at 8ish at night, and I took self-defense. So there is tons of crime and much of it is completely unpreventable. They tell you to travel in groups but then you just read about gangs mugging groups of people. |
|May 20 2005|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2004 |
| When I started at USC I had transferred from a small women's college in Missouri and I was so delighted to be in the hussle bustle of a city school. I got involved in the Greek system and became president of AEPhi (No longer at SC). I really did not realize where I was. I know this sounds ridiculous but I didn't capture the enormity of the caliber of the school I had lucked into. I don't believe I deserved to be admitted but I spent 12 years in a row at SC getting my BA, MA and PhD. It wasn't until I had left and moved to the east coast that I was able to look back and understand what a fabulous oppurtunity I had had because I went to USC. Now.......how do I get my 3 sons in?????????????? |
|Oct 21 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |