A in the Life: Visiting High Schools day

Hello world! As a participant of the web log team, we am so excited to share many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. They usually make inquiries like ‘what do you do every day?’ or ‘do you have to work with the summer? when I talk to my buddies and family about my work,’ I’m hoping that through my monthly improvements to this blog, you will get a much better idea of what we do each day as admission counselors.

Therefore let’s begin with the current. This i woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA morning. My first visit began at 7:45 am. That may appear early with a, reasonable to others, but I can tell you, this at 7:45 have always been, I was exhausted (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy. early morning) The thing is, my flight from Los Angeles was likely to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (to be exact.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you maybe not,) my journey was delayed three hours. Luckily, my very first school check out today constantly has coffee waiting I was especially appreciative today (Thanks Sheila! for me, and) 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 I just stuttered a few times.

I had a while to kill before my visit that is second and found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. We stopped for a few morning meal and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 minutes prior to a trip, but often i am about 15 to 20 minutes early. Fortunately, my car’s air 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 often high in details about students, their schools, and usually life generally speaking. In addition reminds me personally of my high school times where I invested a complete lot of the time on my counselor’s settee.

Just How coffee that is many is it possible to find in this picture?

My visit that is third today to a school i have never checked out prior to. There were about eight students present and one was even putting on a USC t-shirt. This student, let us call him Brandon, said about his recent trip to campus so we had a moment to gush over how pretty USC is. I adore sharing common USC experiences with pupils, especially whenever I’m overseas.

Finally, between my third and fourth visit this early morning, I was in a position 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 visit that is final, I returned to my resort, debriefed my time in the shape of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch up on some work. My instinct that is first is to test my email. Oh look! I acquired a contact from Brandon I mentioned thanking me for my visit and asking a question about something. Love when that happens!

I am hoping to satisfy many of you as I carry on my travels! If there’s other things you intend to know about our experiences visiting your school that is high feel absolve to leave concerns within the remark section and I am going to do my far better get back to you soon!

Fight In!

Mythbuster: I need certainly to show the admission counselors that USC is my top choice

The Myth: Attending college fairs, visits and tours will increase my odds of admission.

The Verdict: Not at USC.

Every shmoop pro August that is late/early, there are 5 or so emails in my inbox each and every morning with all the topic ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have a similar general format. ‘Hello Jessica- just wished to inform you that I visit ABC senior school, I play baseball and I also can not wait to use to USC. I’ve always wished to be a pupil 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 get similar emails with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me how their first semester went, they got the role that is lead the spring musical, and that USC is still their very first option. Awesome, but chances are I currently saw your senior year grades (or will soon).

At USC, we don’t track students’s interest outside regarding the actual application for admission choice purposes. Going to our programs is a way that is wonderful find out more about USC, but gonna an event or sending email messages like those I described will not raise your chances of admission to your college.

As admission counselors, it’s true we are your main contact while you have the admission process at USC and now we are happy to assist you with any assist you to might need. However, students only benefit from reaching out to us if they have specific questions- especially concerns to which they can not find the clear answer on line. 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 interested in USC? in place of investing your time emailing us with updates, it is in your absolute best interest to utilize that point working on your a reaction to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and exactly how you want to pursue them at USC.’ You should talk about specific resources and opportunities you would like to take advantage of at USC. Rather than emailing us your list of activities, fill down the game Summary thoroughly. A thoughtful and carefully assembled application stands out even more than an introduction e-mail or an invite to coffee.

Consider that some schools may monitor demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all students to reach away to them, while others may expect students in the area that is local go to campus. The idea of demonstrated interest varies, so you ought to always ask a college if and the way they track interest and in case it is factored into an admission decision.

At the end of the day, we do desire to see that you are seriously considering being a student here that you are interested in USC and. The simplest way for you yourself to articulate this interest is through your application.