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Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: we arrive at my workplace (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start might work time. We start 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 your day.

8:45-9:00 AM: I open three windows: 1) the internet, 2) our very 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 keep records of everything, and simply as it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I’m always very happy when I see a whole academic history. USC asks applicants to record their classes and grades by topic (English, mathematics, foreign language, social sciences etc…) so so it’s obvious 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 thing that is first look at in a pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because it’s the first thing I see when I start an application.) I then browse academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next we’ll have a look at all of the qualitative aspects: short answer concerns, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you use them. We do not know all of the scheduled programs available in your school or community.) I’ll put the application up with letter of recommendation. Some students will even have information that is additional interview reports, which we’ll always read last. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take down notes as I get. Some of us will read the whole application, then take down notes, but personally, I love to compose when I go. I find I’m more thorough that way though it might take a bit longer general. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion which will help me understand the learning pupil once I get back to the application later.

9:45 AM: I think about when and the things I’m likely 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: 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: I’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they come in (I make an effort 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 day and spend the hour that is last whatever else needs tending to (like writing this website.) Sometimes I’ll have a meeting in the or afternoon so this portion of my day can vary in timing morning. But on a typical day, I spend this time around at the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

It’s morning and I’m arriving to work wednesday. Instead of heading to my office, I head to your Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ Exactly What does that mean exactly? Well, about once a month, it’s my responsibility to sit in the admission center, give the admission presentations, and respond to any questions from students who drop by. ( it means we have a reason to obtain Coffee Bean as it’s in the same building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I do an email that is quick and check my teeth before you go into the presentation space. Since today is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations. This one-hour presentation is our most comprehensive program that provides a USC overview as well as information on the admission process. Maybe you’ve been to one! Generally, there will be a great deal of concerns, mostly from parents, until pupils feel more comfortable (never hesitate to ask questions, I’m literally there all to talk for you. day)

9:30 a.m. After the presentations are over I’ll return to the counselor desk and visitors take a 90-minute tour with a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are so eager and prepared to communicate with students that are prospective families. I always talk to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually really involved students and often reveal about their internships and jobs, so that it’s beneficial to hear their perspective. Plenty of times, they’re a source that is big of for us on current pupil life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I will be typically jumping between talking to prospective students and parents and doing whatever work is required of me that day. That means reviewing applications and answering emails during this particular time of the year. Because your admission that is specific counselor not be available, the counselor assigned to the Admission Center for the day is there 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 speaking to students, but we’ll constantly make certain to be helpful and solution as many concerns when I can.

12:00ish. Whenever we can, I run outside to grab a fast lunch. The closest options to the Admission Center are typical the places within 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 (if 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 really a line, I’m pleased to simply help and respect your privacy, but pupils should realize that this just isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t have the ability to spend considerable time in private conversations away from the desk that is main. If the information is highly relevant to the application and also you wants those reviewing it to keep it in mind, we will always recommend that you call or email your particular admission therapist.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it is an exhausting day and other times it’s pretty quiet, but either way, being the therapist on contact allows us to be able to interact with students and families and actually get to utilize the ‘counselor’ part of our name. It’s always nice to know you helped someone get a better comprehension of the admission process.

So, moral of the tale: in the event that you have actually general questions about signing up to USC or your application and you will certainly be on campus, please stop by and see us; we are thrilled to assist! In fact, while on contact, it’s our job to aid! However, if there’s one thing private you want to discuss, or you believe you will need time for a more in-depth explanation or discussion, call your admission counselor; they have been also very happy to help and that can dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your questions.

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