Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

Day 8:30 AM: I get to my office (lets be honest, cubicle) to start my work. I open my outlook, read new emails, 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 walk for your day.

8:45-9:00 AM: I open three windows: 1) the internet, 2) our own USC internal database, and 3) my grade point average (GPA) calculator. We use the internet to see the Application that is common database to help keep records of everything, and simply because it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I’m always very happy when I see a whole history that is academic. USC asks applicants to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, spanish, social sciences etc…) therefore that it’s easy to see the classes a student took in ninth through eleventh grade. I can also see the grades in a clear and way that is organized. We begin reading applications.

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

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


12:45 PM: right back to applications….I recognize this student! We met with them when I was visiting a college in Virginia. He told me he was going to write about program he started at their school…turned out great!

Sometime into the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, react to emails as they are available (I you will need to respond to you once I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I’ll try to summary reading applications for the afternoon and spend the hour that is last whatever else needs tending to (like writing this blog.) Often I’ll have a meeting in the or afternoon so this portion of my day can vary in timing morning. But on a day that is typical I spend this time around at the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

It’s Wednesday morning and I’m arriving to work. Instead of going to my office, I head towards the Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ What does which means that 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 means I have a justification to get Coffee Bean because it’s in the same building.)

8:00 a.m. After grabbing my café vanilla, I actually do an email that is quick and check my teeth before you go into the presentation room. Since today is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations. This one-hour presentation is our many comprehensive program providing you with a USC overview along with information on the admission process. Perhaps you’ve been to one! Generally, there will be a lot of questions, mostly from moms and dads, until students feel more comfortable (never be afraid to inquire of questions, I’m literally there all day to talk to you.)

9:30 a.m. When the presentations are over I’ll go back to the counselor desk and guests take a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our tour guides are so eager and prepared to speak to students that are prospective families. I always talk to our trip guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually very students that are involved often inform us about their internships and jobs, so that it’s helpful to hear their perspective. Plenty of times, they truly are a source that is big of for all of us 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 required of me personally that day. During this specific time regarding the 12 months, that means reviewing applications and responding to email messages. Because your specific admission counselor might not be around, the counselor assigned to the Admission Center for the time can there be to field any questions. Some times are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can invest a few extra minutes chatting to pupils, but I’ll constantly make sure to be helpful and answer 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 typical the 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 (it, you’re missing out) if you haven’t tried.

3:00 p.m. during the counselor desk, every once in a while, students will ask me if we are able to talk privately. If there’s not just a line, I’m pleased to greatly help and respect your privacy, but students should understand that this just isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t be able to spend considerable time in private conversations away from the main desk. If the information is strongly related the application and you also would really like those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we are going to always recommend that you call or email your admission that is specific therapist.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it is a day that is exhausting other times it’s pretty quiet, but either way, being the counselor on contact allows us a chance to interact with students and families and actually get to utilize the ‘counselor’ part of our name. It’s always nice to understand you helped someone get an improved understanding 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 fact, while on contact, it is our job to help! However, if there’s one thing private you would like to discuss, or you believe you need time for the more in-depth explanation or conversation, call your admission counselor; they’re also pleased to help and will dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.

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