Chipotle? Pizza? Study More Applications?

Day 8:30 AM: I get to my office (lets be honest, cubicle) to start my work. I open my outlook, read new emails, and respond to most of them (some will need some additional attention later within 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 own USC internal database, and 3) my grade point average (GPA) calculator. We make an online search to see the Common Application, our database to help keep documents of everything, and just as it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I am always very happy when I see a complete history that is academic. USC asks candidates to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, language, social sciences etc…) so that it’s easy to see 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 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 pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because oahu is the first thing I see when I start an application.) I then check out academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next I’ll examine every one 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 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 additional information or interview reports, which we’ll constantly read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll make notes as we go. A number of us will read the application that is whole then take down notes, but personally, I love to write when I go. I find I’m more thorough that way although it might take a bit longer overall. Generally, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion that will assist me understand the learning student when I return 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 can I be healthier and consume a salad? Decisions decisions….


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

Sometime into the afternoon: I’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they come 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 web site.) Sometimes I’ll have a conference in the or afternoon so this portion of my day can vary in timing morning. But on a typical day, I invest this time during the end.

5:00 PM: Time for you to go play and home with my new puppy. She’s the one in the photo just in case 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.’ Just What does which means that exactly? Well, about once a month, it’s my responsibility to sit in the admission center, supply the admission presentations, and answer any questions from students who drop by. (It also means I have a justification getting Coffee Bean as it’s in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I actually 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 most comprehensive system providing you with a USC overview along with information on the admission process. Perchance you’ve been to one! Generally, there will be a lot of questions, mostly from parents, until pupils feel more comfortable (never hesitate to inquire of questions, I’m literally there all to talk for your requirements. day)

9:30 a.m. After the presentations are over I’ll get back to the counselor desk and guests have a 90-minute tour with a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are incredibly eager and ready to speak with students that are prospective families. We always talk to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually extremely involved students and often inform us about their internships and jobs, therefore it’s beneficial to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they are a big way to obtain information for all of us on current pupil 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 that day. That means reviewing applications and answering emails during this particular time of the year. Because your particular admission counselor might 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 invest a couple of minutes that are extra to pupils, but I’ll constantly make sure to be helpful and answer as many concerns when I can.

12:00ish. When we can, I run outside to grab a fast lunch. The closest choices to the Admission Center are all the accepted 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 (when you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out).

3:00 p.m. At 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 happy to simply help and respect your confidentiality, but pupils should realize that this is not an appointment and I also likely won’t have the ability to spend a lot of time in one-on-one conversations away from the main desk. If the information is relevant to the application and also you want those reviewing it to keep it in mind, we are going to always suggest that you call or email your admission that is specific therapist.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it’s a day that is exhausting in other cases it’s pretty quiet, but either way, being the counselor on contact allows us a chance to interact with students and families and really get to make use of the ‘counselor’ part of our name. It’s always nice to learn you helped someone get a better knowledge 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 personal you want to discuss, or you believe you need time for the more in-depth explanation or discussion, call your admission counselor; they truly are also very happy to assist and will dedicate the appropriate period of time to your questions.

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