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USC: Much More Than Simply a University

Asking why USC is special to me is like asking someone why they love their parents, for there are so many inexplicable reasons that I love the University of Southern California and yet I find it extremely difficult to put into words.

There’s the campus, the faculty, the students, the football, the location…and the list goes on…

And yet, above everything else, what I truly believe makes USC special is the Trojan Spirit and the Trojan Family.

There are no words to describe the atmosphere when you step onto campus or when you walk into the LA Memorial Coliseum – it is something that is so indescribable, so uplifting that it can only be understood by experiencing it. It is a feeling full of promise, aspiration, and excitement radiated by peers and faculty alike. It is something so impalpably inspiring that I am moved each and every time I walk on campus as I gaze at my surroundings and reflect on how incredible it is to be a Trojan – how lucky I am to call such a place home.

More than just this atmosphere, being a Trojan is not something that lasts four years, but a lifetime. Now, I know that this may sound like a cliché to someone who does not truly comprehend this bond, but I have never known something to be more true. Before attending USC, I thought it was nothing more than a tagline, but now being a part of this family – for it is so much more than simply a community – I know that it is a bond that I will carry with me as long as I live. Not only have I made friendships that have changed my personal life, but I have built relationships with faculty and alumni that have completely transformed my professional life. While I am still in the process of figuring out exactly what I want to do after USC, I am positive that I would not be where I am nor who I am today without USC. I know for certain that were it not for the Trojan Family, I would not be as confident in myself or in my future. It is an experience unlike any other, and it is, I believe, what makes USC not only the perfect university, but also a place I am honored to call home.


Posted on March 23, 2017 by Mariel Salem


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