Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: we arrive at my office (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start out could work day. I open my outlook, read new emails, and react to most of them (some will need some attention that is extra within the day.) I’m very close to finishing my one walk for the afternoon.

8:45-9:00 AM: I open three windows: 1) the internet, 2) our own USC database that is internal and 3) my grade point average (GPA) calculator. We use the internet to see the Application that is common database to keep documents of everything, and just because it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I am always happy when I see an entire scholastic history. USC asks applicants to record 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’m also able to see the grades in a clear and organized way. 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 we look at in a pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because it is the first thing I see when I open an application.) I then consider academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next I’ll view most of the qualitative aspects: short answer questions, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you use them. We do not know all the scheduled programs available in your school or community.) We’ll put the application up with letter of recommendation. Some students may also have information that is additional interview reports, which I’ll constantly read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take down notes as I get. A number of us will read the whole application, then take notes, but personally, I enjoy compose when I go. I find I’m more thorough that real way though it might have a bit longer general. Generally, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion which will help me understand the student once I get back to the application later.

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

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


12:45 PM: straight back to applications…. this pupil is recognized by me! I met with them when I became visiting a college in Virginia. He told me he was going to write about a scheduled program he began at his school…turned out great!

Sometime into the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they appear in (I you will need to respond to you once I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I’ll try to wrap up reading applications for the day and spend the hour that is last whatever else requires tending to (like writing this website.) Sometimes I’ll have a conference in the early morning or afternoon therefore this portion of my day can vary in timing. But on a typical day, I invest this time at the end.

5:00 PM: Time 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 am arriving to work. Instead of heading to my office, I head to your Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ What does which means that 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 means I have an excuse to have Coffee Bean because it’s in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After grabbing my café vanilla, I do an email that is quick and check my teeth before going into the presentation space. Since today is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations. This presentation that is one-hour our most comprehensive system that provides a USC overview as well as home elevators the admission process. Maybe you’ve been to one! Generally, there would have been a lot of concerns, mostly from moms and dads, until students feel more comfortable (do not be afraid to ask questions, I’m literally there all to talk for you. day)

9:30 a.m. Once the presentations are over I’ll go back to the counselor desk and visitors have a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are incredibly eager and willing to keep in touch with prospective students and families. I always speak to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually very involved students and often tell us about their internships and projects, so it’s useful to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they truly are a source that is big of for all of us on current student 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 personally that day. During this particular time of this 12 months, that means reviewing applications and responding to emails. Because your admission that is specific counselor not be around, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the time can there be to field any questions. Some times are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can invest several extra minutes talking to pupils, but we’ll constantly make yes to be helpful and answer as many questions as I can.

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

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, I’m delighted to aid and respect your confidentiality, but students should recognize 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 main desk. If the information is relevant to your application and you also want those reviewing it to keep it in mind, we will always recommend that you call or email your certain admission therapist.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it is a day that is exhausting in other cases it’s pretty peaceful, but either way, being the counselor on contact allows us to be able to interact with students and families and really get to make use of the ‘counselor’ part of our title. It’s always nice to understand you helped someone get a better comprehension 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 is our job to help! However, if there’s something personal you wish to discuss, or you believe you’ll need time for the more explanation that is in-depth conversation, call your admission therapist; they’ve been also thrilled to help and may dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.

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