The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities, located in the heart of Los Angeles.
The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is an innovative, full-service school in a networked university that is in the most diverse and global city in the United States.
From its founding in 1971, USC Annenberg has been a leader in the communication revolution. Its location at the University of Southern California in the heart of Los Angeles puts it at the crossroads of media, entertainment, technology and globalization – an intersection with an unlimited number of possible paths.
Meet student Daisy Li, who just loves California and the diversity of the state!
ASIANCE: Why did you choose USC?
Daisy: I chose it for its reputation, school spirit, location in LA and the nice weather.
ASIANCE: What is your major?
Daisy: Business administration.
ASIANCE: What will you be doing once you graduate?
Daisy: Not sure yet. Maybe business things but I also love art things like photography
ASIANCE: What clubs or extracurricular activities did you enjoy? If Asian specific, why did you choose to join?
Daisy: Photography is my favorite activity, which associates with some outdoor activities. This kind of activities is not racial specific for me. But if just for hang out, I prefer Asian group because we have similar cultural background and it’s easier to communicate with each other.
The hardest part should be balancing “3S”: Study, Social, Sleep. Actually as a foreign student alone in the US, I feel it’s hard to manage both school work and life routines, including renting a house, cooking own meals, etc.
ASIANCE: What do you look forward to the most about graduating?
Daisy: Not sure yet.
ASIANCE: What will you miss about not attending school?
Daisy: I’ll miss academic knowledge, a memorable college life and a diverse background.
ASIANCE: Was there another school you wanted to attend?
Daisy: University of Pennsylvania, Brown University
ASIANCE: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Daisy: Maybe continue graduate study, but I’d rather not. I want to find a business-related job soon after graduation to see if I like that kind of life.
ASIANCE: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Daisy: 10 years is longer, which allows me to figure out more about the kind of life I want. Not sure, maybe stay in the business world or maybe do some photography, which is actually my favorite.
ASIANCE: Any significant accomplishments you would like to add during your time in college?
Daisy: Don’t really know. I love photography so it would be nice if I have my own collection. But since I am a business major student (even though I am trying to have a photography minor), I don’t have much confidence in that.
ASIANCE: Looking back would you do anything differently?
Daisy: I should still choose USC, but I’d rather adapt to the environment quicker than I really did. My freshman year was cool but I lost some opportunities and wasted some times. I wish I could be tougher.
ASIANCE: Was there anything hard about being Asian at your school?
Daisy: Not really. It’s California! And USC has the most diverse campus culture. We have a lot of international, including Asian students.
ASIANCE: What advice would you give to girls who are looking at colleges right now?
Daisy: First, talk to students who study in the school. Elder students’ opinions might predict your experience here.
Second, do campus visit when possible, because different people suit different types of schools. School culture can vary largely.
Finally, location and weather really matters, especially when you are in a social science major (ex: econ, business) or artistic major (ex: cinematic arts, theatre).