Hello world! As a new member of the web log group, I am so excited to fairly share many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. They frequently ask questions like ‘what do you do on a regular basis?’ or ‘do you must work with the summer? once I talk to my friends and family about my job,’ i am hoping that through my monthly additions to this web log, you’ll get an improved concept of what we do every day as admission counselors.
So allow’s begin with the present. This morning shmoop pro I woke up during the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA. My first visit began at 7:45 am. That may appear early to some, reasonable to others, but I can inform you, this at 7:45 am, I happened to be tired (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy. morning) The thing is, my flight from Los Angeles was likely to arrive at Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (become precise.) But instead, due to a cockpit that is wet (I kid you not,) my flight was delayed three hours. Luckily, my first school see today constantly has coffee waiting I was especially appreciative today (Thanks Sheila! for me, and) I visit, at this school it’s a different format which consists mostly of me answering questions although I usually give about a 30 minute presentation to students when. Thankfully the students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think I only stuttered a times that are few.
I’d time to kill before my second visit and luckily found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. We stopped for many morning meal and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 minutes ahead of a visit, but often I’m about 15 to 20 minutes early. Thankfully, my car’s air conditioning kept me cool while I ate 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 saturated in information about students, their schools, and usually life as a whole. It also reminds me personally of my high school days where We spent a complete lot of time on my counselor’s sofa.
Exactly How many coffee cups are you able to find in this picture?
My 3rd check out today ended up being to a school I’ve never visited before. There were about eight students present and one had been even using a USC t-shirt. This student, let’s call him Brandon, said about his recent trip to campus so we had a moment to gush over how pretty USC is. I enjoy sharing common USC experiences with pupils, specially when I’m overseas.
Finally, between my third and fourth see this early morning, I was in a position to grab a 6′ veggie pleasure as I drove to the next school that is high. A nice reminder of the relationships I continue to build at each school upon checking in, my picture from last year’s visit appeared in their computer.
After my fifth and final visit today, we returned to my hotel, debriefed my day by means of notes and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My first instinct is often to test my email. Oh look! I got a message from Brandon thanking me for my visit and asking a question about something I talked about. Love when that happens!
I hope to meet many of you as We carry on my travels! If there’s whatever else you need to know about our experiences visiting your school that is high feel absolve to leave questions in the comment section and I will do my best to return to you quickly!
Mythbuster: I need certainly 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 August that is late/early, you will find 5 or so emails in my inbox each morning because of the topic ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have the same general format. ‘Hello Jessica- simply desired to let you know that I visit ABC senior school, we play baseball and I also can’t wait to apply to USC. I’ve always desired to be a student in the Marshall School of company.’ Ok great, but just what am I supposed to express? Good fortune with your baseball season? Every winter, I have comparable emails with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me personally how their first semester went, they got the role that is lead the springtime musical, and that USC continues to be their first choice. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior year grades (or will soon).
At USC, we don’t monitor a student’s interest outside associated with the actual application for admission choice purposes. Attending our programs is a way that is wonderful discover more about USC, but likely to an event or sending emails like those we described will not boost your chances of admission towards the university.
As admission counselors, it really is true that individuals are your main contact while you feel the admission process at USC so we are content to assist you with any assist you to might need. However, pupils only benefit from trying to us if they have specific questions- especially concerns to which they can not find the answer online. I believe students 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 that you’re thinking about USC? in place of spending your time emailing us with updates, it is in your best interest to utilize that point working 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’d like to take advantage of at USC. in place of emailing us your list of tasks, fill down the game Summary completely. A thoughtful and carefully assembled application stands out a great deal more than an introduction e-mail or an invite to coffee.
Remember that some educational schools may monitor demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all pupils to reach away to them, while other people may expect students into the area that is local go to campus. The notion 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.
At the conclusion of the day, we do wish to see that you’re seriously considering being a student here that you are interested in USC and. The way that is best to help you articulate this interest is through your application.