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Parents of high schoolers – this one’s for you.  You are often the unsung hero of the college admission process.  Parenting through college admission is a challenge.  How do you help, but not overstep?  How do you encourage, but not push?  How do you secretly get them to be excited about your alma mater?

USC Viterbi Parents Give Advice

Last week was Trojan Family Weekend here at USC.  In addition to a number of other activities (Concert by Berlin, Football Game, Sitting in on Classes, Parent Seminars, etc) we had hundreds of our current USC Viterbi Parents join us for Breakfast With The Dean.  We thought it would be fun to set up our podcast mics in the back and grab a few to chat.

Parents of freshmen through seniors talked about their experience with the college admission process, their students’ current activities and accomplishments, and advice for parents going through admission this year.

Give the episode a listen and let us know your thoughts.  What questions are you still grappling with?  How we can we help you better understand the process and hopefully bring the stress level down?

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Paul Ledesma

As Executive Director, Paul oversees Undergraduate Admission for all programs at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He was born and raised in southern California and is a lifetime Dodgers fan. He enjoys traveling (Italy may be a second home), discovering new restaurants in LA (tacos anyone?), and while he may not qualify as a bonafide movie-buff, he loves movies (especially comic book movies). He studied Psychology for his bachelor's degree, minored in Public Management, and was active in leadership for community service groups Troy Camp and Dance Marathon while attending USC. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and rescued pup and kitty in Redondo Beach, CA. (well, maybe not the cat so much) Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his


  • Rod Crum Sr. says:


    My son, Rodney Crum Jr. is a Senior in High School in Chugiak, Alaska and National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. He is a smart kid and scored 1530 on his SAT. He is interested in pursuing an Engineering degree and is visiting Campus next Wednesday. I’m Retired military and currently working at LA AFB. Would love to find out more about your Engineering program and look forward to meeting you!

  • Paul Ledesma says:

    Rodney – I am not sure if you received my other message, but I replied to your other comment on my other post. I recommend setting up a campus tour for that morning and give me a call at 213 740 4530. I have some limited availability that morning.