What’s it like to go to college on the other side of the country?

What’s it like to go to college on the other side of the country?

Over N.C. State's spring break, contributor Iman Usmani visited the University of Southern California. Here's what it's like at another school.

Over spring break, I decided to go visit a good friend going to school at the University of Southern California, which is just outside of downtown Los Angeles. Within 5 minutes of getting on her campus, I noticed so many differences from my beloved N.C. State. Here are just a few.

Everyone parties. A lot. I landed on a Friday afternoon, and on the way to my friend’s apartment, we drove by The Row. It’s essentially a street of beautifully kept fraternity and sorority homes with tons of students outside, day partying. Everyone seemed to be having a great time partying at 11 a.m. on a Friday. This was so funny to me because there are some Saturday nights that are completely quiet on N.C. State’s campus. Parties on a Friday morning are unheard of.

People don’t seem to study as often. Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone doesn’t get great grades. You have to be smart to get into USC, which is what is so confusing about the school. I seldom saw any of my friend’s seven roommates studying for their midterms this week. Where are the good grades coming from?! At N.C. State, you can almost always find DH Hill library full of people the week of midterms and finals.

Lastly, it’s in the middle of a huge city. It’s harder to get around when you’re in a major city that doesn’t really have a great public transportation system. These last couple days made me grateful for the Wolfline and the close quarters of N.C. State’s main campus.

Like with any other university, there are a ton of differences between campuses around the country and the schools in the Triangle. I found the differences between USC and N.C. State particularly interesting not only because of the geographical difference but also the kind of student that attends each university.

Iman Usmani

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