Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: we arrive at my workplace (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start my work time. We open my outlook, read new emails, and respond to most of them (some will need some additional attention later into the day.) I’m very close to finishing my one sit down elsewhere for the afternoon.

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 make an online search 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 am always very happy when I see a whole scholastic history. USC asks candidates to record their classes and grades by topic (English, mathematics, foreign language, social sciences etc…) so that it’s easy to understand the classes a student took in ninth through eleventh grade. I can also see the grades in a clear and way that is organized. I begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started talking 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’s the first thing I see when we open an application.) I then browse academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next I’ll have a look at most of the qualitative aspects: short answer concerns, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you employ them. We don’t know most of the programs available in your school or community.) I’ll put the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils may also have information that is additional interview reports, which we’ll always read last. While I’m reading everything, I’ll make notes as we get. A few of us will read the whole application, then take down notes, but personally, I enjoy write when I go. We find I’m more thorough that real way although it might have a bit longer overall. Generally, my notes will describe each portion i have read drawing a conclusion which will help me understand the pupil once I get back to the application later.

9:45 AM: I think about when and the things I’m going to eat for lunch.

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


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

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

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

5:00 PM: Time and energy to go home and play with my new puppy. She’s the one in 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 to the Admission Center because I am ‘on contact.’ Exactly What does which means that exactly? Well, about once a month, it’s my responsibility to sit within the admission center, supply the admission presentations, and respond to any questions from students who visit. (It also means we have a reason to get Coffee Bean since it’s in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I actually do an email that is quick and check my teeth prior to going into the presentation space. Since today is Wednesday, I can give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations. This one-hour presentation is our many comprehensive system providing you with a USC overview as well as informative data on the admission process. Perchance you’ve been to at least one! Generally, there will be a lot of questions, mostly from moms and dads, until pupils feel more comfortable (do not 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 go back to the counselor desk and visitors take a 90-minute tour with a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are so eager and ready to speak with students that are prospective families. We always chat with our trip guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually extremely involved students and often tell us about their internships and projects, so that it’s useful to hear their perspective. Plenty of times, they truly are a big supply of information for us on current pupil life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I am typically jumping between talking to students that shmoop write me an essay are prospective parents and doing whatever work is needed of me personally that day. During this specific time for the 12 months, that means reviewing applications and responding to e-mails. Because your certain admission counselor might not be accessible, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the time is there to field any questions. Some days are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can invest several extra minutes talking to students, but I’ll always make sure to be helpful and answer as many questions as I can.

12:00ish. Whenever we can, I run outside to grab a fast lunch. The closest options to the Admission Center are the accepted places into 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 just a line, I’m pleased to simply help and respect your confidentiality, but pupils should realize that this isn’t an appointment and I likely won’t have the ability to spend a lot of time in private conversations away from the main desk. If the information is highly relevant to the application and also you wants 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 actually get to make use of the ‘counselor’ part of our title. It’s always nice to learn you helped someone get a much better 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’s our job to aid! However, if there’s something private you would like to discuss, or you believe you will need time for the more in-depth explanation or discussion, call your admission therapist; they’ve been also very happy to assist and can dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.

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