A in the Life: Visiting High Schools day



Hello world! As a member that is new of blog group, I am so excited to share numerous of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. When I talk to my friends and family members about my job, they frequently ask questions like ‘what do you do on a daily basis?’ or ‘do you have actually to work in the summer?’ I’m hoping that through my monthly additions to this weblog, you’ll get a much better concept of what we do every single day as admission counselors.

So allow’s focus on today’s. This i woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA morning. My first visit began at 7:45 am. That may appear early for some, reasonable to others, but I can tell you, this at 7:45 am, I happened to be tired (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy. early morning) The thing is, my trip from Los Angeles was designed to get to Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (become exact.) But instead, due to a cockpit that is wet (I kid you maybe not,) my journey was delayed three hours. Luckily, my first school check out this morning 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 learning students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think I just stuttered a few times.

I’d time to kill before my visit that is second and found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. We stopped for a few breakfast and a coffee refill. In a world that is perfect arrive about 10 mins prior to a trip, but often i am about 15 to 20 minutes early. Thankfully, my car’s air conditioning kept me cool while I consumed my bagel and drank my latte. Today I happened to be also able to talk with some counselors that is constantly a highlight of my day. University counselors are always full of information regarding students, their schools, and usually life generally speaking. It reminds me of my high school times where We spent a complete lot of the time on my counselor’s sofa.

How numerous coffee cups is it possible to find in this image?

My 3rd see today was to a school i have never visited prior to. There were about eight students present and one ended up being even wearing a USC t-shirt. This pupil, let us call him Brandon, said about his recent visit to campus so we had a moment to gush over how USC that is pretty is. I adore sharing common USC experiences with students, particularly when I’m overseas.

Finally, between my third and fourth check out this morning, I became in a position to grab a 6′ veggie delight as I drove to the next school that is high. 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, we returned to my resort, debriefed my time in the shape of notes and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My first instinct is definitely to check on 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 occurs!

I really hope to meet many of you as We carry on my travels! If there’s other things you intend to know about our experiences visiting your high school, please feel free to leave concerns in the remark section and I shall do my best to get back to you quickly!

Fight In!

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

The Myth: Attending university fairs, visits and tours will increase my likelihood of admission.

The Verdict: Not at USC.

Every late August/early September, you will find 5 or so emails in my inbox each and every morning with the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have the same format that is general. ‘Hello Jessica- simply desired to tell you I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC that I go to ABC High School. I have always wished to be considered a learning pupil in the Marshall School of company.’ Ok great, but exactly what am I supposed to express? Good luck along with your baseball season? Every winter, I get 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 option. Awesome, but chances are I currently saw your senior year grades (or will soon).

At USC, we don’t track a student’s interest outside for the actual application for admission choice purposes. Attending our programs is a wonderful vegas royal casino option to discover more about USC, but gonna an event or sending email messages like those we described will not boost your chances of admission towards the college.

As admission counselors, its true we are your main contact as you go through the admission process at USC so we are happy to assist you with any assist you to may need. However, pupils only benefit from reaching out to us if 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 that you’re enthusiastic about USC? Instead of investing your time emailing us with updates, it is in your best interest to make use of that time working on your response to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and how you want to pursue them at USC.’ You should discuss specific resources and opportunities you want to take advantage of at USC. in the place of emailing us your list of activities, fill out the experience Summary thoroughly. A thoughtful and carefully assembled application stands out a great deal more than an introduction e-mail or an invite to coffee.

Remember that some educational schools may track demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all pupils to reach out to them, while others may expect students within the geographic area to see 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 conclusion of the day, we do desire to see that you’re interested in USC and that you will be seriously considering being a student here. The easiest way for you really to articulate this interest is through your application.