Chipotle? Pizza? Study More Applications?

Day 8:30 AM: I get to my office (lets be honest, cubicle) to start my work. We open my outlook, read new e-mails, and react to nearly all of them (some will need some attention that is extra in the day.) I’m very close to finishing my one cup of coffee 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 utilze the internet to see the Common Application, our database to help keep documents of everything, and simply as it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I am always very happy once I see an entire educational history. USC asks candidates to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, spanish, social sciences etc…) so that it’s easy to understand the classes a student took in ninth through eleventh grade. I’m also able to see the grades in a clear and way that is organized. We begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started referring to 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 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 we start an application.) I then check out academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next we’ll check all of the qualitative aspects: short answer concerns, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you use them. We don’t know most of the scheduled programs available in your school or community.) We’ll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils will even have additional information or interview reports, which we’ll always read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take notes as I get. A number of us will read the whole application, then take down notes, but personally, I like to compose as I get. We find I’m more thorough that real way though it might have a bit longer overall. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion that can help me understand the learning student once I get back to the application later.

9:45 AM: I think about when and what I’m going to eat for meal.

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


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

Sometime in the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, react to emails as they can be found in (I attempt to respond to you when 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 needs tending to (like writing this blog.) Sometimes I’ll have a meeting in the early morning or afternoon therefore this portion of my day can vary in timing. But on a day that is typical I invest this time around at the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

It’s Wednesday morning and i am arriving to work. Instead of heading 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 obtain Coffee Bean as it’s in the same building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I do a quick email scan and check my teeth prior to going into the presentation room. Since today is Wednesday, I gives the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations. This presentation that is one-hour our many comprehensive program providing you with a USC overview as well as informative data on the admission process. Maybe you’ve been to one! Generally, there would have been a great deal of concerns, mostly from moms and dads, until students feel more comfortable (don’t forget to inquire of questions, I’m literally there all to talk for your requirements. day)

9:30 a.m. Once the presentations are over I’ll get back to the counselor desk and guests take a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are incredibly eager and willing to talk to 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 it’s beneficial to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they truly are a big source of information for people on current student life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I will be typically jumping between talking to students that are prospective parents and doing whatever work is needed of me personally that day. During this particular time associated with 12 months, that means reviewing applications and answering email messages. Because your admission that is specific counselor not be available, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the time will there be to field any questions. Some days are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can spend several extra minutes chatting to pupils, but I’ll always make yes to be helpful and answer as many concerns when I can.

12:00ish. I run outside to grab a quick lunch when I can. The closest choices to the Admission Center are all the places in the Tutor Campus Center like Lemonade, Panda Express and Seeds Marketplace. Today, I 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. during the counselor desk, every once in a while, students will ask me if we could talk privately. If there’s not a line, We’m delighted 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 lots of time in one-on-one conversations away from the desk that is main. If the information is relevant to the job and also you wants those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we are going to always suggest that you call or email your admission that is specific counselor.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it’s an exhausting day and other times it’s pretty peaceful, but either way, being the therapist on contact allows us to be able to interact with students and families and actually get to use the ‚counselor’ part of our title. It’s always nice to know you helped someone get an improved understanding of the admission process.

So, ethical of the tale: 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 reality, while on contact, it’s our job to simply help! However, if there’s something private you wish to discuss, or you believe you need time for a more in-depth explanation or discussion, call your admission counselor; they have been also happy to help and may dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.