Choosing WBB

April 10, 2018
• by
Rennie Jiang

I’ve always had this restlessness in me, this itch to do more and be more. It may have stemmed from the fact that I grew up in three countries, or because I love to explore the unknown, or perhaps because uncertainty excited me in ways that predictability could not. On a whim, I applied to the World Bachelor in Business, a joint program where you spend freshman year at USC, sophomore year at HKUST, junior year at Bocconi, and senior year at either of the three institutions. Six months later, I found myself committing to the program because I couldn’t imagine spending 4 years at one university. Little did I know that this decision was going to spark the start of a whole whirlwind of events.

Upon arriving to USC and meeting my fellow WBBers, I knew I had made the right decision; I have never in my life been exposed to such a diverse group of people - not only in culture and nationality, but also in thought and identity. From bonding over the struggles of explaining what it’s like to grow up in different places to forming cross-cultural inside jokes, I felt like I was at home. I am constantly being challenged to be the best version of myself, and as a huge supporter of the old adage that comfort and growth cannot coexist, I feel like the program and my peers make sure that I am not stagnating. USC as a school is amazing - it is resourceful and tries to give individual attention to each of its students. The faculty, football games, and all of the events that the school hosts on campus are meant to provide us with the best college experience possible. As freshman year is nearing an end, I am left with an unusual feeling, bearing the resemblance of the combination of nervous anticipation twinged with an odd sense of nostalgia.  It’s hard to believe that next year I’ll be halfway across the world at a new school in a new city on a completely different continent - and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I am only one year into this amazing journey and I have already learned so much. I can only imagine what the next 3 years have in store, and I’m more excited than ever for the adventures that lay ahead of me!