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“Snack foods, cigarettes, cigars,
tobacco, magazines, sunglasses
and postcards are available at
the Smokeshop…in the Student Union lobby.”

– SCampus 1985-86

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Campus Activities (213) 740-5693 Tutor Campus Center 330 Email: USC has more than 850 recognized student organizations. These organizations provide opportunities for students and other members of the university community to explore their academic, professional, political, social, recreational, artistic, cultural, spiritual and community service interests. In addition, student organizations provide a laboratory for […]

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Priscilla Hernandez

International Relations
West Covina, CA

Priscilla recommends:

  • Centro-ing yourself
    I would really recommend that students go to cultural centers — CBCSA, APASS, El Centro Chicano — because those are places where people can help you. I was feeling overwhelmed when I came here. But then once I went to El Centro Chicano, I met people. They told me who to contact, what to do. They gave me tips on doing well in school. El Centro Chicano is very welcoming. It’s colorful, it’s like my home and it really helped me adjust to USC.
  • Joining the sister act
    I decided to join a sorority, which is awesome. The sorority is part of the Multicultural Greek Council, so it’s mostly Latinas, but we have all kinds of members. It’s one of the best things I’ve done so far, because now I have a family here. I study with my sisters all the time; we do events; we do philanthropy. I would recommend it.
  • Playing in the majors
    If you don’t know your major, don’t panic. I have sisters in my sorority who have changed their major three times. And it’s okay. You have time. So don’t think that you need to figure it all out, because that’s what college is about. Try different classes out or get a minor. And talk to your advisers. Just be open to new experiences!
  • Exploring LA
    Take the tram to Union Station, and from there you can go to Olvera Street; they have good food there. Little Toyko — they have good ramen, and it’s really pretty. Take the Hollywood Sign hike, which is right next to Griffith Observatory. And if you can save the money, go to Disneyland. Go to Universal Studios or CityWalk. And even Downtown LA — Grand Central Market, Angels Flight. Those areas have a lot of history.