Every student's college career should start by addressing their reason(s) for the pursuit of higher education. If you have yet to ask yourself, "Why am I here?", dedicate some time and effort to address this question. Chances are that most of your efforts are directed at scheduling your classes, organizing your residence room, making friends, finding your way around campus, and exploring Los Angeles to name a few.
Every student has reasons or "story" for being at USC. But not every student can identify or connect with their purpose for being at USC. It is important to identify your reason or reasons for being at USC early in your career so that you can maximize your experience as an undergraduate student and understand how the University is designed to help you achieve your goals.
Personal interests tools: Personal interests assessment tools are designed to identify, measure, and translate personal interests and qualities into tangible outcomes such as choosing a major and/or career objectives. The USC Career Center administers the following personal interests assessment tools upon request by trained professionals:
To schedule an appointment contact the Career Center at (213) 740-9111.
You can perform a personal interests inventory easily and at any time. Simply, take some time to be honest with yourself, answer a few questions, or articulate your thoughts in writing or in person. A few recommendations are:
The undergraduate expereince is an experience that can be both exciting and intimidating. Nonetheless, it is an opportunity to claim ownership of your education and transform the college-going experience into a life-changing experience at USC and beyond!
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