Hello world! As a member that is new of blog group, I am so excited to fairly share many of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. They often inquire like ‘what do you do every day?’ or ‘do you have to work with summer time? once I talk to my friends and family about my work,’ i am hoping that through my monthly additions to this weblog, you’ll get an improved idea of what we do each and every day as admission counselors.
So allow’s begin with the current. This morning I woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA. My visit that is first began 7:45 am. That may appear early to some, reasonable to others, but we 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 truth is, my flight from Los Angeles was likely to get to Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (to be precise.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you not,) my flight was delayed three hours. Luckily, my very first school see today constantly has coffee waiting for me, and I also was particularly 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 students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think we only stuttered a times that are few.
I’d a while to kill before my second visit and luckily found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. I stopped for some break fast and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 moments prior to a trip, but usually 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. Today I was also in a position to talk with some counselors which is constantly a highlight of my day. University counselors are often full of information regarding students, their schools, and usually life in general. It reminds me of my high school times where I invested lot of the time on my counselor’s sofa.
How many coffee cups are you able to find in this photo?
My visit that is third today to a school I’ve never visited before. There were about eight students present plus one was even wearing a USC t-shirt. This pupil, let’s 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, specially when i am away from home.
Finally, between my third and fourth see this morning, I was in a position to grab a 6′ veggie delight as I drove to the following 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 hotel, debriefed my time by means 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 obtained a contact from Brandon thanking me personally for my visit and asking a question about something I pointed out. Love when that occurs!
I hope to meet many of you as I continue my travels! If there’s other things you need to know about our experiences visiting your highschool, please feel liberated to leave concerns in the remark section and I will do my best 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 chances 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 all the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have a similar general structure. ‘Hello Jessica- simply desired to let you know that I visit ABC highschool, I play baseball and I can’t wait to apply to USC. I’ve always wanted to be considered a student in the Marshall School of company.’ Ok great, but exactly what am we supposed to express? 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 lead role in the springtime musical, and that USC continues to be their first choice. Awesome, shmoop essay but chances are I already saw your senior grades (or will soon) year.
At USC, we do not monitor students’s interest outside of the actual application for admission choice purposes. Going to our programs is a way that is wonderful learn more about USC, but going to an event or sending email messages like those I described will not raise your chances of admission to your university.
As admission counselors, it really is true with any help you may need that we are your main contact as you go through the admission process at USC and we are happy to assist you. However, students just benefit from reaching out to us whether they have specific questions- especially questions to which they can’t find the answer on the web. I do believe 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 do you show us that you’re thinking about USC? as opposed to investing your time emailing us with updates, it is in your absolute best interest to make use of the period to get results on your reaction to the application question ‘Describe your academic interest and how you want to pursue them at USC.’ You should talk about specific resources and possibilities you’d like to take advantage of at USC. in place of emailing us your list of tasks, fill the activity Summary out completely. A thoughtful and very carefully assembled application stands out even more than an introduction e-mail or an invite to coffee.
Bear in mind that some schools may monitor demonstrated interest. Some colleges may expect all pupils to reach away to them, while other people may expect students within the area that is local visit campus. The idea of demonstrated interest varies, if it is factored into an admission decision so you should always ask a school if and how they track interest and.
By the end of the day, we do wish to see that you’re thinking about USC and that you will be really considering being a student here. The easiest way for you to articulate this interest is throughout your application.