My Definition of Success

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My definition of success has changed a lot since I have come to USC. In high school, success was solely defined by my academic and extracurricular achievement. I measured my success based on how many A’s I got, how high my SAT scores were, how many clubs I was involved in, and how many leadership roles I took on. Today, I measure my success solely based on my learning experiences and opportunities. What did I learn from that experience that will help me in the future? In high school, my goal was to get into a great college. Now that I am here, my perspective has completely changed. I now realize that there is so much more to being successful than getting good grades and having a good resume. It’s not just about being stellar on paper, but actually learning the material that is being taught in the classroom and taking full advantage of the resources and opportunities at USC. It’s not about listing as many leadership roles as possible on my resume, but being able to understand how these leadership roles affected me and what I have learned from my experiences as a leader. In college, success is defined by your experiences and opportunities.

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