A trip to the University of Southern California
Ryan Summerlin April 10, 2013
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Did you ever think that just by spending a whole day or just a few hours you would have a memorable experience? At the University of Southern California you’re guaranteed to have a memorable experience; it’s also one of the best colleges that has many comfortable places to relax and give its students many outside parks and more.
On February 9th, I took a trip with six other students in my AVID class to Los Angeles to visit different colleges. I already have my mind set about the college I want to attend, but the trip totally made me think twice when I saw the University of Southern California. My AVID group, along with seventeen AVID scholars from Sparks High School, were given a campus tour and we were shown around many of the beautiful buildings and facilities.
The fountain, parks, and landscapes definitely incite visitors to relax and breathe in the unique architecture, culture and history that define USC. We were very impressed by all the statues and artwork around the campus.
Inside USC’s many galleries, one will find works of art by several old masters, but not only that a visitor can also find fine artwork by many of the students on campus. One of the many things that we found interesting about the college was that the campus itself is often used as a filming location for major motion pictures.
Also we learned that USC is one of the most active producers of music and live events in Los Angeles. The works of public art adorn buildings, open spaces and galleries across the campus and make it even more beautiful and interesting.
And, more Olympic athletes have come out of USC than any other university in the world. A guest or student can expect to be impressed at any sporting event happening on campus. The University of Southern California is the home of the Trojans; the University Park campus landmark was modeled after several different USC football players.
While we were at the heart of the University Park Campus where the statue is located, we visited the Trojan Bookstore, which is also in the same location. This is where most of the students gather, do homework, just go out to lunch or simply hangout.
We were shown around the library, which was one of the biggest locations on the campus. It was full of artwork and research materials, but we also saw many students studying; we had to be very quiet so we wouldn’t interrupt the students that were working.
This for me left a big impression, because I prefer quiet places and being able to work without any interruptions. But what we were mostly impressed by was all of the adorned buildings, which each had a history behind it.
The University of Southern California is one of the universities that students should really have in mind when choosing what University they want to attend. At the end of the tour, we were all really impressed and I am sure that it made even more of us think about what university we wanted to attend. The home of the Trojans will be like a second home for students.
Ultimately, the AVID program at Incline High School is one that truly prepares students to be aware of his/her options and gives its students the support and learning tools to be successful when taking the next step into post-secondary education.
Without AVID, I would have never considered all the choices available to me when seeking a higher education.
Rubi Ortiz is an AVID sophomore at Incline High School.