A in th<span id="more-4349"></span>e Life: Visiting High Schools day

Hello world! As a fellow member of the weblog group, I am so excited to share numerous 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 need to work in summer time? when I talk to my friends and family about my task,’ i am hoping that through my monthly improvements to this weblog, you will get a much better concept of what we do every single day as admission counselors.

Therefore allow’s start with the current. This i woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA morning. My visit that is first began 7:45 am. That might sound early to some, reasonable to others, but we can inform you, this morning at 7:45 am, we had been tired (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy.) The thing is, my flight from Los Angeles was supposed to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (to be precise.) But instead, due to a cockpit that is wet (I kid you maybe not,) my journey was delayed three hours. Luckily, my first school see this morning 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 learning students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think we just stuttered a times that are few.

I had some time to kill before my second visit and luckily found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. I stopped for some breakfast and a coffee refill. In a world that is perfect arrive about 10 moments prior to a visit, but usually I’m about 15 to 20 minutes early. Fortunately, 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. University counselors are often filled with information regarding students, their schools, and usually life in general. Additionally reminds me personally of my high school times where We invested a complete lot of time on my counselor’s settee.

Just How numerous coffee cups can you find in this image?

My third visit today ended up being to a school I’ve never checked out prior to. There were about eight students present and one ended up being even wearing 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 really like sharing common USC experiences with pupils, especially when I’m abroad.

Finally, between my third and fourth check out this early morning, I became in a position to grab a 6′ veggie delight as I drove to the following high school. Upon checking in, my picture from last year’s see appeared in their computer, a fantastic reminder of the relationships we continue to construct at each school.

After my fifth and final see today, we returned to my resort, debriefed my time in the shape of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My first instinct is definitely to test my email. Oh look! I got an email from Brandon thanking me personally for my visit and asking a question about something I mentioned. Love when that takes place!

I hope to fulfill many of you as We carry on my travels! If there’s whatever else you wish to know about our experiences visiting your high school, please feel free to leave questions within the comment section and I shall do my best to get back to you quickly!

Fight In!

Mythbuster: we 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 late August/early September, you will find 5 or so emails in my inbox every morning with the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have a similar general format. ‘Hello Jessica- just wished to inform you I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC that I go to ABC High School. I have always desired to be described as a learning pupil in the Marshall School of Business.’ Ok great, but just what am I supposed to express? Good fortune 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 springtime musical, and that USC is still their very first option. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior grades (or will soon) year.

At USC, we usually do not monitor students’s interest outside of this actual application for admission choice purposes. Attending our programs is a way that is wonderful find out more about USC, but going to an event or sending emails like those I described will not increase your chances of admission to your college.

As admission counselors, its true we are your main contact as you have the admission process at USC and we are happy to work with you with any assist you to may require. However, pupils only benefit from reaching out to us if they have specific questions- especially questions to which they can not find the answer on line. I think 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 which you’re thinking about USC? rather than spending your time emailing us with updates, it is in your absolute best interest to use that time to the office on your reaction to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and exactly how you want to pursue them at USC.’ You should talk about specific resources and possibilities you may like to take advantage of at USC. instead of emailing us your list of activities, fill down the game Summary thoroughly. A thoughtful and very carefully assembled application stands out far more than an introduction email or an invitation to coffee.

Keep in mind that some educational schools may track demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all pupils to reach away to them, while other people may expect students in the neighborhood to see 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 end of the day, we do wish to see that you are enthusiastic about USC and that you are really considering being a student here. The way that is best so that you can articulate this interest is through your application.