Hello world! As a fellow member of the web log 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 inquire like ‘what do you do on a daily basis?’ or ‘do you have to work with summer time? once I talk to my friends and family about my task,’ i am hoping that through my monthly additions to this web log, you are going to get an improved concept of what we do each day as admission counselors.
So allow’s start with the current. This morning I woke up during the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA. My first visit began at 7:45 am. That might sound early to 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.) You see, my trip from Los Angeles was likely to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (to be precise.) 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 constantly has coffee waiting for me, and I was especially 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 learning students came prepared. They asked great questions and I also think we only stuttered a times that are few.
I’d some time to kill before my visit that is second and found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. I stopped for some break fast shmoop essay helper and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 mins prior to a trip, but often I’m about 15 to 20 minutes early. Fortunately, my car’s atmosphere conditioning kept me cool while I ate my bagel and drank my latte. Today I was also able to chat with some counselors that is always a highlight of my time. College counselors are always full of information regarding students, their schools, and usually life in general. It also reminds me personally of my high school times where I invested a complete lot of the time on my counselor’s settee.
How many coffee cups can you find in this image?
My 3rd visit today was to a school I’ve never checked out prior to. There were about eight students present and something was even using a USC t-shirt. This pupil, let’s call him Brandon, explained about his recent stop by at campus so we’d a moment to gush over how pretty USC is. I love sharing common USC experiences with pupils, particularly when I’m away from home.
Finally, between my third and fourth visit this early morning, I was able to grab a 6′ veggie pleasure as I drove to the following highschool. 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 time in the shape of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My instinct that is first is to test my email. Oh look! I obtained an email from Brandon I mentioned thanking me for my visit and asking a question about something. Love when that takes place!
I hope to fulfill many of you as We carry on my travels! If there’s whatever else you need to know about our experiences visiting your senior school, please feel absolve to leave questions in the remark section and I am going to do my far better get back to you quickly!
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 likelihood of admission.
The Verdict: Not at USC.
Every August that is late/early, there are 5 or so emails in my inbox every morning utilizing the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have the same general structure. ‘Hello Jessica- just wished to let you know that I go to ABC High School, we play baseball and I also can not wait to use to USC. I’ve always desired to be described as a pupil in the Marshall School of company.’ Ok great, but exactly what am I supposed to say? Good fortune with your baseball season? Every winter, I get similar emails with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me personally how their first semester went, they got the lead role in the spring musical, and that USC remains their very first option. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior year grades (or will soon).
At USC, we do not monitor students’s interest outside of the actual application for admission choice purposes. Attending our programs is a way that is wonderful learn more about USC, but likely to an event or sending e-mails like those we described will not boost your chances of admission towards the university.
As admission counselors, it is true with any help you may need that we are your main contact as you go through the admission process at USC and we are happy to assist you. However, students just benefit from reaching out to us whether they have specific questions- especially questions to which they can not find the clear answer online. I think students often confuse this role and make the assumption they’ve to e-mail us and start a conversation in order to have a shot at admission.
So how will you show us that you’re thinking about USC? rather than investing your time emailing us with updates, it is in your best interest to utilize the period to the office on your response to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and how you plan to pursue them at USC.’ You should discuss specific resources and possibilities you’d like to take advantage of at USC. in the place of emailing us your list of activities, fill the activity Summary out completely. A thoughtful and very carefully assembled application stands out much more than an introduction email or an invite to coffee.
Remember that some schools may monitor demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all students to reach out to them, while other people may expect students into 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.
At the end of the day, we do desire to see that you’re thinking about USC and you are really considering being a student here. The easiest way to help you articulate this interest is during your application.