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A Day in the life span: Visiting High Schools

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A Day in the life span: Visiting High Schools

A Day in the life span: Visiting High Schools

Hello world! As a member that is new of 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. once I communicate with my friends and household about my job, they often times ask questions like ‘what do you do on an everyday foundation?’ or ‘do you have actually to work in the summer?’ i am hoping that through my monthly improvements to this weblog, you are going to get an improved notion of what we do every day as admission counselors.

So let’s focus on the current. This morning I woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA. My very first visit began at 7:45 am. That may appear early with a, reasonable to others, but I can inform you, this morning at 7:45 am, we had been tired (7:45 am in VA seems like 3:45 am in CA…oy.) The thing is, my journey from Los Angeles was expected to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (to be precise.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you not,) my trip was delayed three hours. Luckily, my very first school see today constantly 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 think I only stuttered a times that are few.

I had a while to kill before my visit that is second and found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. We stopped for many breakfast and a coffee refill. In a world that is perfect arrive about 10 minutes 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 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 always saturated in information about students, their schools, and usually life in general. It also reminds me personally of my high school days where We spent lot of the time on my counselor’s sofa.

How numerous coffee cups are you able to find in this image?

My 3rd check out today had been to a school i have never checked out prior to. There were about eight students present plus one had been even wearing a USC t-shirt. This student, let’s call him Brandon, said about 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, specially when i am abroad.

Finally, between my third and fourth visit this early morning, I happened to be able to grab a 6′ veggie delight as I drove to the following school that is high. Upon checking in, my picture from last year’s see appeared in their computer, an excellent reminder of the relationships we continue to construct at each school.

After my fifth and final check out today, we returned to my resort, debriefed my day by means of notes and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My instinct that is first is to check on 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 really hope to meet many of you as We carry on my travels! If there’s other things you wish to know about our experiences visiting your senior school, please feel liberated to leave questions into the remark section and I am going to do my best to make contact with you soon!

Fight In!

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

The Myth: Attending university fairs, visits and tours will increase my odds 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 using the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have a similar format that is general. ‘Hello Jessica- just desired to let you know I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC that I go to ABC High School. I’ve always wanted to be a learning student in the Marshall School of company.’ Ok great, but exactly what am I supposed to say? Good luck with your baseball period? Every winter, I have comparable emails with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me how their first semester went, they got the lead role in the spring musical, and that USC remains their very first choice. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior grades (or will soon) year.

At USC, we usually do not track students’s interest outside of this application that is actual admission decision purposes. Attending our programs is a wonderful method to find out more about USC, but planning to an event or sending email messages like those I described will not boost your chances of admission to your college.

As admission counselors, it’s true that individuals are your main contact while you go through the admission process at USC and now we are content to help you with any assist you to might need. However, students only benefit from trying to us whether they have specific questions- especially concerns to which they can not find the clear answer on the web. I think 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 will you show us which you’re enthusiastic about USC? Instead of spending your time emailing us with updates, it is in your absolute best interest to make use of that point to function 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 desire to take advantage of at USC. in the place of emailing us your list of tasks, fill the activity Summary out thoroughly. A thoughtful and very carefully assembled application stands out a lot more than an introduction email or an invite to coffee.

Bear in mind that some schools may track demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all students to reach away to them, while others may expect students in the area that is local check out 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 desire to see that you are thinking about USC and that you’re seriously considering being a student here. The easiest way for you to articulate this interest is during your application.