Hello world! As a member that is new of weblog group, we am so excited to fairly share many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. They frequently ask questions like ‘what do you do on a daily basis?’ or ‘do you need to work with the summertime? when I talk to my friends and family about my work,’ i am hoping that through my additions that are monthly this blog, you’ll get a much better idea of what we do every day as admission counselors.
Therefore allow’s focus on the present. This morning I woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA. My first visit began at 7:45 am. That might sound early with a, reasonable to others, but I can let you know, this at 7:45 am, I was exhausted (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy. early morning) The truth is, my journey from Los Angeles was designed to reach Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (become precise.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you maybe not,) my flight was delayed three hours. Luckily, my very first school see this morning constantly has coffee waiting I was especially appreciative today (Thanks Sheila! for me, and) Although I usually give in regards to a 30 minute presentation to students when I visit, at this school it’s a different sort of structure which consists mostly of me responding to questions. Thankfully the students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think I only stuttered a few times.
I’d a while to kill before my visit that is second and found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. I stopped for many break fast and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 moments prior to a trip, but frequently 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. 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 of my high school days where We invested a complete lot of the time on my counselor’s couch.
How coffee that is many are you able to find in this photo?
My visit that is third today to a school I’ve never checked out before. There were about eight students present plus one had been even putting on a USC t-shirt. This pupil, let’s call him Brandon, said about his recent visit to campus so we’d a moment to gush over how USC that is pretty is. I like sharing common USC experiences with pupils, particularly whenever I’m abroad.
Finally, between my third and fourth visit this early morning, I happened to be able to grab a 6′ veggie pleasure 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, I returned to my resort, debriefed my day in the shape of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My first instinct is obviously to test my email. Oh look! I acquired a message from Brandon thanking me for my visit and asking a question about something I pointed out. Love when that takes place!
I am hoping to meet many of you as We continue my travels! If there’s whatever else you want to know about our experiences visiting your senior school, please feel absolve to leave questions within the remark section and I will do my better to make contact with you soon!
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 odds of admission.
The Verdict: Not at USC.
Every late August/early September, you can find 5 or so emails in my inbox each morning with the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have the same general format. ‘Hello Jessica- just desired to let you know that I visit ABC senior high school, we play baseball and I can’t wait to use to USC. I’ve always wanted to be a learning student in the Marshall School of Business.’ Ok great, but what am I supposed to express? Good fortune along with your baseball period? Every winter, I have similar emails shmoop pro with the subject ‘Update.’ Students tell me personally how their first semester went, they got the role that is lead the spring musical, and that USC is still their first choice. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior grades (or will soon) year.
At USC, we don’t monitor a student’s interest outside associated with actual application for admission decision purposes. Going to our programs is a way that is wonderful learn more about USC, but gonna an event or sending e-mails like those we described will not raise your chances of admission to your university.
As admission counselors, it’s true that we are your main contact as you feel the admission process at USC so we are content to help you with any allow you to might need. However, students only benefit from reaching out to us they can’t find the answer online if they have specific questions- especially questions to which. I believe pupils 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 do you show us you’re interested in USC? in the place of investing your time emailing us with updates, it is in your best interest to make use of the period working on your response to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and how you plan to pursue them at USC.’ You should discuss specific resources and possibilities you would like to take advantage of at USC. instead of emailing us your list of tasks, fill out the experience Summary thoroughly. A thoughtful and very carefully assembled application stands out more than an introduction email or an invitation 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 in the area that is local go to campus. The idea 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 wish to see that you are enthusiastic about USC and you are seriously considering being a student here. The easiest way for you really to articulate this interest is throughout your application.