Chipotle? Pizza? Read 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 email messages, and react to nearly all of them (some will need some attention that is extra within the day.) 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 Application that is common database to help keep documents of everything, and simply since it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I’m always happy when I see a total history that is academic. USC asks candidates to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, foreign language, social sciences etc…) so so 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 organized way. We begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started referring to 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 pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (mainly because it is the first thing I see when I start an application.) I then check out academics, including standardized test scores and the history that is academic. Next I’ll consider each of the qualitative aspects: short answer questions, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you use them. We don’t know all of the programs available in your school or community.) We’ll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some students may also have additional information or interview reports, which I’ll constantly read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll make notes as we go. A few of us will read the whole application, then make notes, but personally, I love to write when I get. I find I’m more thorough that way though it might take a bit longer general. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion i have read drawing a conclusion that will help me understand the learning student once I return to the application later.

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

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


12:45 PM: right back to applications…. this student is acknowledged by me! I met I was visiting a school in Virginia with them when. He told me he was going to publish about a scheduled program he began at their school…turned out great!

Sometime in the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they come in (we you will need to respond to you once 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 blog.) Often I’ll have a meeting in the morning or afternoon therefore this portion of my day may differ in timing. But on a typical day, I invest this time around during the end.

5:00 PM: Time to go play and home 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 your Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ Exactly What does that mean exactly? Well, about once a month, it’s my responsibility to sit within the admission center, supply the admission presentations, and answer any questions from students who stop by. (It also means we have a reason to have Coffee Bean because it’s in the same building.)

8:00 a.m. After grabbing my café vanilla, I really do an email that is quick 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 info on the admission process. Perchance you’ve been to one! Generally, there will be a great deal of questions, mostly from parents, until students feel more comfortable (cannot be afraid to ask questions, I’m literally there all day to talk for your requirements.)

9:30 a.m. After the presentations are over I’ll get back to the counselor desk and guests take a 90-minute tour with a student tour-guide. Our tour guides are so eager and ready to communicate with students that are prospective families. We always talk to our trip guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually very involved students and often inform us about their internships and jobs, therefore it’s beneficial to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they’re a big source of information for people on current pupil life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I am typically jumping between talking to students that are prospective 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 available, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the time will there be to field any questions. Some days are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can spend several minutes that are extra to students, but I’ll constantly make certain to be helpful and answer as many concerns as I can.

12:00ish. I run outside to grab a quick lunch when I can. The closest choices to the Admission Center are typical the places into the Tutor Campus Center like Lemonade, Panda Express and Seeds Marketplace. Today, I 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, I’m happy to greatly help and respect your privacy, but students should understand that this just isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t have the ability to spend lots of time in one-on-one conversations away from the main desk. If the information is strongly related your application and you also want those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we are going to always recommend that you call or email your specific admission therapist.

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

So, ethical of the story: 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 is our job to aid! However, if there’s one thing private you want to discuss, or you believe you need time for a more explanation that is in-depth conversation, call your admission therapist; they’ve been also thrilled to assist and can dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.

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