A in the Life: Visiting High Schools day

A in the Life: Visiting High Schools day

Hello world! As a fellow member of the web log team, we am so excited to share with you many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. They usually inquire like ‘what do you do every day?’ or ‘do you must work in the summer? once I talk to my friends and family about my task,’ I’m hoping that through my additions that are monthly this weblog, you will get an improved notion of what we do every day as admission counselors.

So let’s focus on 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 at 7:45 have always been, I was tired (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy. early morning) You see, my trip from Los Angeles was likely to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (become exact.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you maybe not,) my trip was delayed three hours. Luckily, my very first school see this morning always has coffee waiting for me, and I also was specially appreciative today (Thanks Sheila!) 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 also think I only stuttered a times that are few.

I’d some time to kill before my second visit and luckily found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. We stopped for a few morning meal and a coffee refill. In a world that is perfect arrive about 10 moments 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. Today I was also in a position to chat with some counselors which will be constantly a highlight of my time. College counselors are often filled with information regarding students, their schools, and usually life in general. Additionally reminds me personally of my high school days where I invested a complete lot of the time on my counselor’s settee.

Just How coffee that is many can you find in this image?

My visit that is third today to a school I’ve never checked out before. There were about eight students present plus one had been even putting on a USC t-shirt. This pupil, let’s call him Brandon, said about shmoop pro his recent visit to campus so we’d a moment to gush over how pretty USC is. I adore sharing common USC experiences with students, particularly whenever I’m away from home.

Finally, between my third and fourth check out this morning, I happened to be able to grab a 6′ veggie delight as I drove to the following senior high school. 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 go to today, I returned to my resort, debriefed my time by means of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch up on some work. My first instinct is obviously to test my email. Oh look! I acquired a message from Brandon thanking me personally for my see and asking a question about something I talked about. Love when that happens!

I hope to meet many of you as I continue my travels! If there’s anything else you want to know about our experiences visiting your high school, please feel liberated to leave concerns in the remark section and I will do my best to return to you soon!

Fight In!

Mythbuster: we need certainly to show the admission counselors that USC is my top choice

The Myth: Attending university fairs, visits and tours will increase my likelihood of admission.

The Verdict: Not at USC.

Every August that is late/early, you will find 5 or so emails in my inbox each and every morning utilizing the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have the same general format. ‘Hello Jessica- simply desired to tell you I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC that I go to ABC High School. I’ve always desired to be a learning student in the Marshall School of company.’ Ok great, but what am I supposed to express? Good fortune along with your baseball season? Every winter, I have comparable emails with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me how their first semester went, they got the role that is lead the spring musical, and that USC continues to be their first option. Awesome, but chances are I currently saw your senior year grades (or will soon).

At USC, we do not track students’s interest outside of the actual application for admission choice purposes. Attending our programs is a wonderful way to discover more about USC, but going to an event or sending email messages like those we described will not increase your chances of admission to the college.

As admission counselors, it’s true we are your main contact while you go through the admission process at USC and now we are happy to help you with any help you might need. However, pupils only benefit from trying to us whether they have specific questions- especially questions to which they can not find the answer online. I do 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 will you show us which you’re interested in USC? Instead of spending your time emailing us with updates, it is in your best interest to make use of that point to work on your reaction to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and exactly how you plan to pursue them at USC.’ You should talk about specific resources and possibilities you may like to take advantage of at USC. in place of emailing us your list of activities, fill the activity Summary out thoroughly. A thoughtful and carefully assembled application stands out a lot more than an introduction email or an invitation to coffee.

Remember that some schools may track demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all pupils to reach away to them, while others may expect students in the area that is local see campus. The notion of demonstrated interest varies, 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 desire to see that you’re interested in USC and that you will be seriously considering being a student here. The way that is best for you to articulate this interest is during your application.

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