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For All Students? A student body means the entirety of the school’s student population—made up of not just those of the majority, but every single student within the school. However, official school websites such as one close to home, the USC FAST website, lack in meeting the needs of students, especially for those who are of minority families or are first-generation students. The FAST website is difficult to access and navigate, is not mobile friendly, and is challenging to understand the content, but these practices can be improved by increasing the website’s visibility online, create a mobile friendly version of the site, and offering counseling and guidance sessions for those who are struggling to understand the website because this may be more than a technical problem; FAST is creating an extra barrier in students applying and succeeding here at USC. Especially for high school students, even finding the FAST website is difficult, let alone navigating it. When applying to USC, prospective students have to make their youSC accounts to view the status of their application and documents needed to accompany their application. On the same website, there is also a link leading to myUSC for “current students” and yousc for “prospective students.” The language in itself is obscure. It is difficult for students to distinguish where to even begin an application. Then, students also have to submit their financial documents such as tax reports and rental contracts, if they are lucky enough to easily locate the FAST website. Applying to USC as a senior in high school was a pain for me, especially in regards to the financial documents. I come from a mid to low income family, and I am the first in my family to attend college in the United States. My parents and younger siblings are the only and first ones of my family to be living in the United States, and it just so happened that I am the first born. My parents attended Universities in Korea but they earned their degrees about twenty-five years ago and only know of Korea’s process of a college application and financial information
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reporting. This left me to figure everything out on my own, as I always have to do in anything I do, since my parents do not speak or understand English. Personally, as a result, I finally found the FAST page through the youSC portal (which was also difficult to find); it was written in very small letters along the lines of, “click here for your FAST portal.” To begin, it was so easy for me
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