Chipotle? Pizza? Study More Applications?

Day 8:30 AM: I get to my office (lets be honest, cubicle) to start my work. We open my outlook, read new emails, and react to most of them (some will need some extra attention later into the time.) I’m very close to finishing my one sit down elsewhere for the day.

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 Common Application, our database to keep documents of everything, and simply because it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I am always very happy once I see a complete educational history. USC asks candidates to record their classes and grades by topic (English, math, foreign language, social sciences etc…) so that it’s easy to see 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. I begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started dealing with 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 first thing I look at in a pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because oahu is the first thing I see when we start an application.) I then consider academics, including standardized test scores and the history that is academic. Next I’ll consider each of the qualitative aspects: short answer concerns, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you utilize them. We do not know most of the scheduled programs available in your school or community.) We’ll put the application up with letter of recommendation. Some students may also have additional information or interview reports, which we’ll constantly read last. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take down notes as I get. Some of us will read the whole application, then make notes, but personally, I like to compose as I get. We find I’m more thorough that way even though it might take a bit longer overall. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion i have read drawing a conclusion which will help me understand the pupil once I come back to the application later on.

9:45 AM: we think about when and the things I’m going to eat for lunch.

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


12:45 PM: right back to applications….I recognize this student! I met with them when I was visiting a college in Virginia. He told me he was going to create about program he started at their school…turned out great!

Sometime into the afternoon: I’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they are available in (we make an effort 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 hour that is last whatever else needs tending to (like writing this website.) Often I’ll have a conference in the morning or afternoon so this portion of my day can differ in timing. But on a day that is typical I spend this time around at the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

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

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I actually do a quick email scan and check my teeth before going into the presentation space. Since is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations today. This one-hour presentation is our many comprehensive program that delivers a USC overview along with informative data on the admission process. Perchance you’ve been to at least one! Generally, there will be a great deal of questions, mostly from moms and dads, until pupils feel more comfortable (cannot forget to inquire of questions, I’m literally there all to talk for your requirements. day)

9:30 a.m. Once the presentations are over I’ll get back to the counselor desk and visitors have a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are so eager and prepared to communicate with students that are prospective families. We always chat with our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually really involved students and often tell us about their internships and projects, so that it’s useful to hear their perspective. Lots of times, they are a big supply of information for people on current student life.

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

12:00ish. I run outside to grab a quick lunch when I can. The closest options to the Admission Center are typical the accepted places within 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 (for those who haven’t tried it, you’re missing out).

3:00 p.m. during the counselor desk, every once in a while, students will ask me if we can talk privately. If there’s not really a line, We’m happy to simply help and respect your privacy, but pupils should realize that this isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t have the ability to spend a lot of time in one-on-one conversations away from the main desk. If the information is relevant to the job and you wants those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we’ll 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 make use of the ‘counselor’ part of our title. It’s always nice to know you helped someone get a better knowledge of the admission process.

So, ethical 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 simply help! However, if there’s one thing private you want to discuss, or you believe you need time for the more in-depth explanation or conversation, call your admission therapist; they have been also thrilled to help and may dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your questions.


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