To me, success is the total happiness and satisfaction I can realize by achieving a level of independence, whereby I am free to pursue my passions and help others to pursue their happiness and satisfaction. In high school, success for me was defined very differently. It was more or less achieving academic and athletic excellence in order to gain entrance into a great school which would thus ensure me of achieving long term success. I realize now that this mindset was very narrow and only a small part of the equation for achieving true success. Since attending USC/Marshall I now realize that once I achieved my high school goals that success was neither destined nor pre-ordained. It could only be realized through the application of effort, teamwork, respect for others and the building of a lifestyle that would help make me the best person I can possibly be…not only for myself, but for those around me. USC/Marshall, with its resources, talented faculty, and the diversity of its students, organizations and clubs, its sense of community, as well as its perspectives on globalization is providing me with the perfect platform through which I can achieve true success.
The USC Involvement Fair is a perfect example of how USC is helping its students achieve success. The Involvement Fair occurs at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters and allows students to learn about and join different student clubs and organizations. This gives students the opportunity to pursue their interests and also interact with other students from a multitude of different backgrounds.