Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: I get to my workplace (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start might work time. I start my outlook, read new e-mails, and respond to nearly all of them (some will need some attention that is extra in the time.) I'm very close to finishing my one sit down elsewhere for your 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 utilze the internet to see the Common Application, our database to keep records of everything, and simply as it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I'm always very happy once I see a whole history that is academic. USC asks candidates to record their classes and grades by topic (English, mathematics, language, social sciences etc…) so that it's obvious 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 dealing with fantasy football. As a first time player, this immediately catches my attention (I was eliminated in the first round of playoffs after spending the whole period as number one in my league of sixteen players…just sayin…) I battle to stay focused but my perseverence continues to be strong this early in the morning.

9:02 AM 12:00 PM: I continue reading… the first thing I look at in a student's application is their first and second choice major (primarily because oahu is the first thing I see when I open an application.) I then check out academics, including standardized test scores and the history that is academic. Next I'll look at each of the qualitative aspects: short answer questions, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you utilize 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 pupils will even have information that is additional interview reports, which we'll always read final. While I'm reading everything, I'll take notes as we go. A few of us will read the application that is whole then take down notes, but personally, I enjoy compose as I go. I find I'm more thorough that means though it might have a bit longer overall. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion I've read drawing a conclusion that 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 likely to eat for meal.

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


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

Sometime in the afternoon: we'll answer the phone, respond to emails as they can be found in (we make an effort to respond to you as soon as I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I'll try to summary reading applications for your day and spend the hour that is last whatever else requires tending to (like writing this web site.) Often I'll have a conference in the early morning or afternoon so this portion of my day may differ in timing. But on a typical day, I spend this time at the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

It's Wednesday morning and i am arriving to work. Instead of going to my office, I head to your Admission Center because I am 'on contact.' Just What does that mean exactly? Well, about once a it's my responsibility to sit in the admission center, give the admission presentations, and answer any questions from students who drop by month. (It also means I have a justification to get Coffee Bean because it's in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After grabbing my café vanilla, I actually do a quick email scan and check my teeth before you go into the presentation space. Since is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations today. This presentation that is one-hour our most comprehensive system providing you with a USC overview along with info on the admission process. Perchance you've been to 1! Generally, there is a lot of concerns, mostly from parents, until pupils feel more comfortable (don't be afraid to inquire of questions, I'm literally there all to talk for your requirements. day)

9:30 a.m. When the presentations are over I'll return to the counselor desk and visitors take a 90-minute tour with a student tour-guide. Our tour guides are so eager and prepared to communicate with students that are prospective families. We always speak to our trip guides and admission ambassadors. They're usually really students that are involved often tell us about their internships and projects, so it's helpful to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they truly are a source that is big of for us on current pupil life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I will be typically jumping between talking to prospective students and parents and doing whatever work is needed of me that day. During this specific time of the year, that means reviewing applications and answering emails. Because your specific admission counselor might not be accessible, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the day can there be to field any questions. Some times are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can spend a couple of minutes that are extra to pupils, but I'll always make certain to be helpful and response as many questions when I can.

12:00ish. I run outside to grab a quick lunch when I can. The closest options to the Admission Center are all the accepted places in 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 (when you haven't tried it, you're missing out).

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 really a line, We'm happy to aid 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 considerable time in private conversations away from the main desk. If the information is highly relevant to the application and you want those reviewing it to keep it in mind, we are going to always suggest that you call or email your specific admission counselor.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it's an exhausting day and other times it's pretty quiet, but either way, being the counselor on contact allows us to be able to interact with students and families and really get to utilize the 'counselor' part of our title. It's always nice to understand you helped someone get an improved knowledge of the admission process.

So, ethical of the story: if you have general questions about applying to USC or your application and you'll be on campus, please stop by and see us; we are pleased to assist! In reality, while on contact, it is our job to aid! However, if there's something private you want to discuss, or you believe you need time for the more explanation that is in-depth discussion, call your admission therapist; they're also pleased to assist and can dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.

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