Describe the type of student who should not attend University of Southern California and explain why.

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Anonymous,

Because USC is such an accepting school, there are very few people who wouldn't fit in here. But there have been examples of individuals who detract from the interconnectedness of USC. For me, it is those individuals who have yet to embrace differences. We spend so much time trying to educate students about how to treat one another, and why someone who looks different, or talks different, has a different sexual preference, religion, culture, or diet - why these people should be valued. And sometimes I wonder if the people we're trying to teach are even listening, or are our words just floating into the minds of the educated and staying there? So, if a student wants to attend USC but doesn't want to embrace uniqueness, they should not attend this school. Simply put, we are trying to build a community where people feel comfortable to be themselves. When I wear my hair in cornrows and people look at me sideways, walk a little farther away from me, speed up their pace like I am any different than when I wear my hair down, then this is not adding to the community that USC is supposed to be. Outside of this, we aren't asking for saints. We want students with humility and basic understanding of another person's rights. If a prospective student doesn't have this, they will not only not thrive at USC, but they may not thrive out in the world.

Anonymous,

Truthfully, there are many types of students who should not attend the University of Southern California. Firstly, students without scholarships will have a tough time paying their way if they are not inherently wealthy. Secondly, those who cannot stay focused in warm, sunny areas with beaches and palm trees probably should not look to USC. However lastly and most importantly, those without drive should not waste their time. College in itself is for people who want to either make their lives or others’ lives better. If you are not absolutely determined quite yet, getting your generals done at community college would not be the worst idea.

Anonymous,

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Anonymous,

Someone who absolutely does not like any type of party atmosphere should not attend. Even though USC is really great academically, going out on the weekends is a big part of the culture. There is no pressure to join in if that is not what you want to do, but people around you will be going to parties. Therefore, if that is not something you want to be around, then you should not attend USC.

Anonymous,

A student looking for a quiet, rural environment should DEFINITELY not apply to USC. This school provides a great education in a very urban location with access to all of Los Angeles' amenities.

Anonymous,

If you are shy and timid, you will have hard time asking for recommendation letters and make friends. There are so many students, so you need to be a little bit outgoing to stand out and grab any opportunities.

Anonymous,

Someone who should not is a person who just wants to party, have a good time and not take their education seriously.

Anonymous, Student, University of Southern California, Class of 2019

You should not become a Trojan if you're not ready to become part of the bigger picture. USC is a big school and there's a lot of people all working toward big things and you have to be ready to get into that kind of flow. There's so much life and spirit on campus and you cannot go there expecting to be completely absorbed into academics, it's just not how we work!

Anonymous, Student, University of Southern California, Class of 2017

The student who shouldn't be attending the University of Southern California is one that doesn't have a drive or care to become a part of something larger. Someone who doesn't feel like they want to put the effort into growing and learning and changing the world shouldn't put their time and energy and money into a school as amazing as USC. We are accepting of all individuals but someone who doesn't want to improve themselves or support others wouldn't be a good fit for this community.

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