Hello world! As a new member of the blog group, we am so excited to share with you many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. They often ask questions like ‘what do you do on a daily basis?’ or ‘do you have to work with the summertime? when I talk to my buddies and family about my task,’ i am hoping that through my additions that are monthly this blog, you are going to get a better notion of what we do each and every day as admission counselors.
So let’s begin with today’s. This i woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA morning. My visit that is first began 7:45 am. That may appear early for some, reasonable to others, but I can inform you, this morning at 7:45 am, I ended up being tired (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy.) The truth is, my flight from Los Angeles was supposed to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (to be exact.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you not,) my journey was delayed three hours. Luckily, my first school visit today constantly has coffee waiting for me, and I was specially appreciative today (Thanks Sheila!) Although I usually give about a 30 minute presentation to pupils once I visit, at this school it’s a unique format which consists mostly of me answering questions. Thankfully the learning students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think I just stuttered a few times.
I had some time to kill before my visit that is second and found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. We stopped for some breakfast and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 minutes ahead of a call, but often i am about 15 to 20 minutes early. Thankfully, my car’s air conditioning kept me cool while I consumed my bagel and drank my latte. I was also able to chat with some counselors which is always a highlight of my day today. College counselors are often filled with information about students, their schools, and usually life generally speaking. It reminds me of my high school times where We invested a complete lot of time on my counselor’s couch.
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My third visit today ended up being to a school I’ve never visited before. There were about eight students present plus one ended up being even putting on a USC t-shirt. This student, let’s call him Brandon, explained about his recent trip to campus so we had a moment to gush over how USC that is pretty is. I love sharing common USC experiences with students, especially whenever I’m away from home.
Finally, between my third and fourth visit this morning, I was in a position to grab a 6′ veggie pleasure as I drove to the following senior high school. Upon checking in, my picture from last year’s visit appeared in their computer, a pleasant reminder of the relationships we continue to create at each college.
After my fifth and visit that is final, we returned to my hotel, debriefed my time in the shape of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My first instinct is always to check my email. Oh look! I got an email from Brandon I mentioned thanking me for my visit and asking a question about something. Love when that happens!
I am hoping to meet many of you as I continue my travels! If there’s anything else you need to know about our experiences visiting your school that is high feel liberated to leave questions within the comment section and I shall do my far better make contact with you soon!
Mythbuster: I need to show the admission counselors that USC is my top choice
The Myth: Attending college fairs, visits and tours will increase my chances of admission.
The Verdict: Not at USC.
Every late August/early September, you will find 5 or so emails in my inbox every morning with the topic ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have the same format that is general. ‘Hello Jessica- simply desired to inform you I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC that I go to ABC High School. I’ve always wanted to be described as a student in the Marshall School of Business.’ Ok great, but what am I supposed to express? Good luck along with your baseball period? Every winter, I get similar emails with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me personally how their first semester went, they got the role that is lead the spring musical, and that USC continues to be their very first choice. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior year grades (or will soon).
At USC, we usually do not track students’s interest outside of the application that is actual admission decision purposes. Attending our programs is a wonderful solution to learn more about USC, but going to an event or sending e-mails like those I described will not boost your chances of admission to your college.
As admission counselors, it’s true that we are your main contact while you feel the admission process at USC so we are happy to work with you with any help you may need. However, students just benefit from trying to us if they have specific questions- especially questions to which they can’t find the answer online. I believe pupils often confuse this role and make the assumption us and initiate a conversation in order to have a shot at admission that they HAVE to email.
So how do you show us you’re enthusiastic about USC? in place of spending your time emailing us with updates, it is in your very best interest to make use of the period to operate on your reaction to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and how you want to pursue them at USC.’ You should discuss specific resources and possibilities you want to take advantage of at USC. instead of emailing us your list of tasks, fill the activity Summary out completely. A thoughtful and carefully assembled application stands out a great deal more than an introduction e-mail or an invitation to coffee.
Bear in mind that some educational schools may monitor demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all pupils to reach out to them, while other people may expect students in the local area to check out campus. The thought of demonstrated interest differs, if it is factored into an admission decision so you should always ask a school if and how they track interest and.
By the end of the day, we do wish to see that you are enthusiastic about USC and you shmoop pro are seriously considering being a student here. The way that is best for you really to articulate this interest is throughout your application.