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“Why the University of Southern California?”
“In fact, why not the University of Southern California?” 

Coming from Chicago, Illinois the idea of leaving the best city in the world for university was not easy. Yet, leaving the cold winters behind to bask in the sun-shining Southern California came to me with no hesitation. The University of Southern California was too tempting to ignore. Sure, the warm weather is a major pull, but the decision to plant myself in USC’s vibrant community went deeper beyond my initial expectations. My choice to attend USC was also my choice for independence and personal growth, opening doors to many opportunities I had no site of.

USC’s diversity struck me. Growing up in a distinct cultural background, I sought a university that not only embraced diversity but also emersed me within it. USC’s inclusive community, reflective of its multicultural student body, promised an environment where I could explore, learn, and thrive amongst many fresh perspectives from all walks of the world. Though this campus can feel diverse and full of diversity, truth be told it is still a predominantly white university, but through this, I have been able to find community.

USC’s flat campus was everything and more for me. No navigating the hills of UCLA, just a smooth stroll across or a breezy scooter ride through campus. It might seem like a minor detail, but it’s these little things that contribute to a student’s overall experience, making daily life a little more enjoyable.

When researching potential schools, I couldn’t overlook the impressive list of USC alumni who have left an indelible mark on the world. From influential business leaders to renowned actors and groundbreaking innovators, USC’s network of successful alumni speaks volumes about the quality of education and opportunities available. The Trojan Network is real!

Speaking of quality education, USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering is consistently ranked among the top in the nation. The renowned faculty and facilities make it an exciting prospect for anyone pursuing engineering. The progressive degree program at Viterbi, allowing undergraduates to seamlessly transition to a master’s degree, was particularly appealing. For me this is an opportunity to delve deeper into my field of study, gaining both academic and professional advantages while also making the most economically sound choice which can save me thousands of dollars down the road.

While USC might check off numerous boxes, choosing the right fit involves considering various aspects. It’s about weighing the pros and cons, personal preferences, and individual goals. Every university has its unique attributes, and what works for one person might not be the perfect match for another. It’s about finding that sweet spot where personal, academic, and financial considerations align seamlessly.

In the end, the decision to choose or not to choose USC is a complex one. It’s not just about the warm weather or the impressive alumni; it’s about the sum of all these factors coming together to create an environment that fosters personal and academic growth and all this I found within the University of Southern California. USC presents millions of reasons to say yes, but it’s equally important to consider the unique aspects of your journey, ultimately leading you to the university that feels like the perfect fit.

Ayomide Ajayi

MAJOR: Industrial and Systems Engineering YEAR: Class of 2026 HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois PRONOUNS: he/him/his INSTA: @aj.mide I am a food enthusiast who loves cooking and trying new foods. On campus I am involved in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Black Student Assembly (BSA). I am most passionate about connecting with people, discussing aspirations and life-long goals.