A in the Life: Visiting High Schools day

Hello world! As a new member of the blog team, I am so excited to share numerous of my day-to-day experiences as an Assistant Director of Admission at USC. When I speak to my buddies and household about my job, they frequently ask questions like ‘what do you do on an everyday foundation?’ or ‘do you have actually to work in the summer?’ I’m hoping that through my additions that are monthly this blog, you are going to get a much better notion of what we do every single day as admission counselors.

So let’s start with today’s. This i woke up at the Courtyard Marriott in Vienna, VA morning. My first visit began at 7:45 am. That might sound early with a, reasonable to others, but we can tell you, this at 7:45 am, I became exhausted (7:45 am in VA feels like 3:45 am in CA…oy. morning) The thing is, my journey from Los Angeles was designed to get to Reagan National Airport at 3:43 pm yesterday (become precise.) But instead, due to a wet cockpit seat (I kid you maybe not,) my trip was delayed three hours. Luckily, my first school check out this morning constantly has coffee waiting for me, and I was especially appreciative today (Thanks Sheila!) Although i give in regards to a 30 moment presentation to students when I visit, at this school it’s a different structure which consists mostly of me answering questions. Thankfully the students came prepared. They asked great questions and I think we just stuttered a few times.

I’d some time to kill before my second visit and luckily found a Peet’s Coffee on my way. I stopped for some morning meal and a coffee refill. In a perfect world i arrive about 10 moments ahead of a call, 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 happened to be also able to talk with some counselors which is always a highlight of my time. University counselors are often full of details about students, their schools, and usually life generally speaking. It also reminds me of my high school times where I invested a complete lot of the time on my counselor’s sofa.


Exactly How numerous coffee cups 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 ended up being even putting on a USC t-shirt. This pupil, let’s call him Brandon, explained about his recent visit to campus so we’d a moment to gush over how USC that is pretty is. I really like sharing common USC experiences with students, especially whenever i am overseas.

Finally, between my third and fourth visit this morning, I was able to grab a 6′ veggie pleasure as I drove to the following school that is high. Upon checking in, my picture from last year’s see appeared in their computer, a nice reminder of the relationships I continue to construct at each school.

After my fifth and final see today, we returned to my hotel, debriefed my day in the shape of records and headed to the closest Starbucks to catch through to some work. My instinct that is first is to check on my email. Oh look! I acquired an email from Brandon thanking me personally for my see and asking a question about something I talked about. Love when that takes place!

I am hoping to satisfy many of you as I carry on my travels! If there’s other things you wish to know about our experiences visiting your school that is high feel liberated to leave concerns within the remark section and I will do my far better make contact with you soon!

Fight On!

Mythbuster: I have to show the admission counselors that USC is my top choice

The Myth: Attending university fairs, visits and tours will increase my likelihood of admission.

The Verdict: Not at USC.

Every August that is late/early, there are 5 or so emails in my inbox every morning with the subject ‘Introduction to USC.’ These emails usually have a similar format that is general. ‘Hello Jessica- simply wanted to inform you that I visit ABC highschool, we play baseball and I also can’t wait to use to USC. I’ve always wished to be considered a learning pupil in the Marshall School of Business.’ Ok great, but exactly what am we supposed to state? Good fortune along 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 spring musical, and that USC is still their first option. Awesome, but chances are I already saw your senior grades (or will soon) year.

At USC, we do not track students’s interest outside of this actual application for admission choice purposes. Attending our programs is a wonderful method to learn more about USC, but likely to an event or sending e-mails like those I described will not boost your chances of admission to the university.

As admission counselors, it really is true that individuals are your main contact while you feel the admission process at USC and we are content to help you with any allow you to may need. However, students just 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 that they HAVE to email us and start a conversation to be able to have a shot at admission.

So how will you show us which you’re enthusiastic about USC? rather than spending your time emailing us with updates, it is in your very best interest to use that time to the office 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 want to take advantage of at USC. in the place of emailing us your list of activities, fill the activity Summary out completely. A thoughtful and carefully assembled application stands out far 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 students to reach out to them, while others may expect students into the area that is local visit campus. The notion of demonstrated interest varies, so you ought to always ask a school if and how they track interest and if it is factored into an admission decision.

By the end of the day, we do want to see you are seriously considering being a student here that you are interested in USC and. The easiest way for you yourself to articulate this interest is during your application.