read several critical reviews of U.S.C. on this site, as
well as several posts bashing the Greek system at U.S.C.
and all I can say is sour grapes ! Many
of these same people also criticized the weather, the neighborhood,
and Los Angeles in general (see a pattern ?) clearly
these people were a bad fit looking to blame any
and everything except themselves.
I loved the school, I
was part of the Greek system, and I thought the
entire experience was fantastic. In reading some of the things
people critical of the school and the Greek system have
written all I can say is that people who post
these types of comments are disaffected losers and would feel
out of place anywhere, not just at 'SC. It's not
a bible college in Eastern Texas and nothing against schools
like that but if you don't belong you don't belong,
don't blame the school because you chose poorly.
is a choice and granted it isn't for everyone, but
there were lots of clubs and organizations at school that
I didn't join, that doesn't mean I begrudge their right
to exist or feel the need to criticize them. I
went to the school knowing about 3 people, none of
them well, I came out with a group of tight
buddies who 15 years later I still talk to or
e-mail with weekly, several of whom were in my wedding.
Did we drink and party ? Yes we did, to
me that is part of college and growing up. We
had fun, if you want an apology for that I
don't have one to give you.
True story: One summer
during school I was looking for a job and met
a guy during a career night at my fraternity who
was president of an ad agency based in the Mid-Wilshire
section of L.A. I asked him for an interview and
he agreed. When we met his first question was “so
what part of the ad business interests you ?“ I
gulped, there were different parts ? He laughed and we
chatted for awhile, at the end he indicated I should
make an appointment to meet the V.P of the agency
which I did. I came back a week later and
met with the V.P. and as we began to talk
one of the first things the he asked me was
how I knew the President ? I replied “same college,
same fraternity” whereupon the VP reached across his desk, gave
me our fraternities secret hand shake, and hired me on
the spot. He too was an alum both of 'SC
and the same fraternity.
To me that is the power
of an 'SC education that you just don't get at
other schools and people from other schools just don't get.
Sure secret fraternity handshakes might sound silly, I grant anyone
that, but the connection that underlies them is not, and
as for the silliness, well I laughed all the way
to the bank that summer.
Yes, the school is in
a rough area, if that bothers you don't go.
loved the 'SC experience and it has been invaluable in
my career, as have the lifelong friendships I developed as
a member of the Greek system. That isn't to say
my way is the only way, but if you are
an outgoing, social person who isn't afraid of a big
urban environment this is a great school with huge upside
potential for any grad.