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"Your essay doesn't need to read like a TV show. It just needs to be real."

ChrisCivil Engineering Major, Class of 2022

"If you dropped your essay in your school. Someone picking it up should know it's yours just by reading it."

EmilyBiomedical Engineering, Class of 2022

"People ask me what I'm looking for in an essay. I'm looking for authenticity."

Paul LedesmaDirector of Undergraduate Admission at USC Viterbi

College application season has begun, which means lots of time spent writing essays, filling out the Common App, and asking for letters of recommendation. It can be exhausting, but every USC Viterbi student has gone through the process, and we have some current students who want to share their stories with you!

Tune in to this week’s episode as hosts Paul and Emily sit down with current students Cameron (Computer Science and Business Administration, ’23) and Chris (Civil Engineering, ’22) to reflect on their experiences applying to college.

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Michael Cox

Michael was born and raised in a small island town off the coast of Seattle. He went to USC, but he’s still a Pacfic Northwesterner at heart—he loves hiking, reading, and watching the Seattle sports teams disappoint him. At Viterbi, Michael counsels high school and transfer students in the application process.

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