Mary Waller (Junior from Chicago, IL): because you got mixed up about an essay topic or a deadline, just remember that you are (probably) not actually insane, and that everyone else is experiencing the same thing as you freak out about small details in your essay, and have regular panic attacks. Try to remember, instead, that you're awesome. That is the part of you that admissions officers wish to see, and if you do not believe that you are awesome, how in the world are you going to convince an admissions officer that you will be? Challenge yourself become authentic.
Spencer Lepow (Freshman from Houston, TX): we wish I would have understood that the goal of this admissions officer is always to get you IN. They are fighting for you, so assist them out by publishing a polished application that basically reflects you along with your strengths.
Simone Geller (Freshman from Foothill Ranch, CA): For the most part, the students signing up to a prestigious school like USC are all going to be smart with good grades and high test ratings. What is imperative to get across in the application through your essays is a picture that is clear of you really are. Talk about the things you're passionate about, your aims for the immediate as well as the distant future, and things you aspire to do at USC if you opt to come right here.