Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

Day 8:30 AM: I get to my office (lets be honest, cubicle) to start my work. I open my outlook, read new emails, and respond to most of them (some will need some attention that is extra in the day.) I’m very close to finishing my one walk for the afternoon.

8:45-9:00 AM: I open three windows: 1) the internet, 2) our very own USC database that is internal and 3) my grade point average (GPA) calculator. We make an online search to see the Application that is common database to help keep documents of everything, and simply since it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I will be always very happy once I see a whole educational history. USC asks applicants to list their classes and grades by topic (English, mathematics, language, social sciences etc…) so so it’s easy to understand the classes a student took in ninth through eleventh grade. I’m also able to see the grades in a clear and way that is organized. We begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started speaing frankly about fantasy football. This immediately catches my attention (I was eliminated in the first round of playoffs after spending the entire season as number one in my league of sixteen players…just sayin…) I struggle to stay focused but my will power is still strong this early in the morning as a first time player.

9:02 AM 12:00 PM: I continue reading… the thing that is first look at in a student’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because it’s the first thing I see when I open an application.) I then consider academics, including standardized test scores and the history that is academic. Next we’ll examine most of the qualitative aspects: short answer concerns, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you use them. We do not know all the programs available in your school or community.) I’ll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils will also have information that is additional interview reports, which I’ll always read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take down notes as we go. A few of us will read the whole application, then take notes, but personally, I love to compose as I go. We find I’m more thorough that way even though it might take a bit longer general. Generally, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion that can help me understand the learning pupil once I come back to the application later.

9:45 AM: we think about when and what I’m planning to eat for meal.

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

11:30 AM: Or can I be healthier and consume a salad? Decisions decisions….


12:45 PM: right back to applications…. this pupil is acquiesced by me! We met with them when I was visiting a college in Virginia. He told me he was going to create about program he began at his school…turned out great!

Sometime into the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they come in (we you will need to respond to you the moment I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I’ll try to wrap up reading applications for your day and spend the final hour doing whatever else needs tending to (like writing this website.) Often I’ll have a conference in the or afternoon so this portion of my day can vary in timing morning. But on a day that is typical I spend this time during the end.

5:00 PM: Time to go home and play with my new puppy. She’s the one into the photo in the event you were wondering! 🙂

Counselor on Contact

It’s Wednesday morning and I’m arriving to work. Instead of going to my office, I head to the Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ Just What does that mean exactly? Well, about once a it’s my responsibility to sit in the admission center, give the admission presentations, and answer any questions from students who drop by month. (It also means we have a reason to have Coffee Bean since it’s in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I do a quick email scan and check my teeth before going into the presentation room. Since is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations today. This presentation that is one-hour our many comprehensive system providing you with a USC overview along with informative data on the admission process. Maybe you’ve been to one! Generally, there will be a great deal of concerns, mostly from parents, until pupils feel more comfortable (don’t hesitate to ask questions, I’m literally there all to talk for your requirements. day)

9:30 a.m. When the presentations are over I’ll get back to the counselor desk and visitors take a 90-minute tour with a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are incredibly eager and ready to talk to students that are prospective families. We always talk to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually extremely involved students and often inform us about their internships and tasks, so that it’s helpful to hear their perspective. Lots of times, they truly are a big supply of information for us on current pupil life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I am typically jumping between talking to prospective students and parents and doing whatever work is needed of me that day. That means reviewing applications and answering emails during this particular time of the year. Because your specific admission counselor might not be accessible, the counselor assigned to the Admission Center for the time can there be to field any concerns. Some times are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can spend several extra minutes talking to students, but I’ll constantly make yes to be helpful and solution as many concerns when I can.

12:00ish. When I can, I run outside to grab a quick lunch. The closest options to the Admission Center are typical the places into the Tutor Campus Center like Lemonade, Panda Express and Seeds Marketplace. Today, we think I’ll go with Lemonade’s avocado and tomato salad and some pesto pasta (it, you’re missing out) if you haven’t tried.

3:00 p.m. Every once in a while, students will ask me if we can talk privately at the counselor desk. If there’s not a line, We’m happy to help and respect your privacy, but students should recognize that this is not an appointment and I also likely won’t be able to spend a lot of time in private conversations away from the desk that is main. If the information is highly relevant to the application and you also need those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we are going to always suggest that you call or email your admission that is specific counselor.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it is an exhausting day and in other cases it’s pretty peaceful, but either way, being the therapist on contact allows us a chance to interact with students and families and really get to use the ‘counselor’ part of our title. It’s always nice to know you helped someone get a much better comprehension of the admission process.

So, moral of the tale: us; we are happy to help if you have general questions about applying to USC or your application and you’ll be on campus, please stop by and see! In reality, while on contact, it’s our job to greatly help! However, if there’s one thing private you would like to discuss, or you believe you’ll need time for a more in-depth explanation or conversation, call your admission counselor; these are typically also thrilled to assist and will dedicate the appropriate period of time to your questions.