Chipotle? Pizza? Study More Applications?

Day 8:30 AM: I get to my office (lets be honest, cubicle) to start my work. I start my outlook, read new e-mails, and respond to the majority of them (some will need some attention that is extra within the time.) 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 use the internet to see the Application that is common database to keep records of everything, and just because it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I am always happy once I see a total educational history. USC asks candidates to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, foreign language, social sciences etc…) so that it’s easy to understand 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 talking 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 first thing we look at in a pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (mainly because it’s the first thing I see when we start an application.) I then discover academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next I’ll consider all of the qualitative aspects: short answer questions, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you use them. We don’t know all the programs available in your school or community.) I’ll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils will even have additional information or interview reports, which I’ll constantly read last. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take down notes as we get. Some of us will read the whole application, then take down notes, but personally, I love to compose when I get. We find I’m more thorough that way even though it might take a bit longer general. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion i have read drawing a conclusion which will help me understand the student once I return to the application later.

9:45 AM: we think about when and what I’m planning to eat for lunch.

10:30 AM: Chipotle? Pizza?

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


12:45 PM: back to applications…. this student is acquiesced by me! I met with them when I happened to be visiting a college in Virginia. He told me he was going to publish about a scheduled program he started at his school…turned out great!

Sometime within the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, respond to emails as they can be found in (we try to respond to you once I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I’ll try to summary reading applications for your day 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 day that is typical I invest this time during the end.

5:00 PM: Time and energy to go home and play with my new puppy. She’s the one into 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 the Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ What does which means that exactly? Well, about once a month, it’s my responsibility to sit into the admission center, provide the admission presentations, and respond to any questions from students who drop by. (It also means I have a justification to have Coffee Bean because it’s in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After grabbing my café vanilla, I actually do a quick email scan and check my teeth before going into the presentation room. Since is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations today. This one-hour presentation is our many comprehensive program providing you with a USC overview as well as informative data on the admission process. Perchance you’ve been to at least one! Generally, there would have been a great deal of questions, mostly from parents, until pupils feel more comfortable (cannot forget to ask questions, I’m literally there all to talk for your requirements. day)

9:30 a.m. Once the presentations are over I’ll return to the counselor desk and guests take a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our tour guides are incredibly eager and ready to keep in touch with students that are prospective families. We always speak to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually extremely students that are involved often reveal about their internships and jobs, so it’s useful to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they are a source that is big of for people on current student life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I am typically jumping between talking to students that are prospective parents and doing whatever work is required of me that day. During this particular time associated with the year, that means reviewing applications and responding to e-mails. Because your specific admission counselor might not be accessible, the counselor assigned to the Admission Center for the day is there to field any concerns. Some times are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can invest several extra minutes speaking to pupils, but we’ll always make certain to be helpful and solution as many concerns when I can.

12:00ish. I run outside to grab a quick lunch when I can. The closest options to the Admission Center are all the places in 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 can talk privately. If there’s not just a line, We’m pleased to simply help and respect your confidentiality, but pupils should recognize that this isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t manage to spend lots of time in one-on-one conversations away from the main desk. If the information is strongly related the application and you would really like those reviewing it to keep it in mind, we are going to always suggest that you call or email your specific 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 counselor on contact allows us a chance to interact with students and families and really get to utilize the ‘counselor’ part of our title. It’s always nice to know you helped someone get a better comprehension of the admission process.

So, ethical of the story: in the event that you have basic questions about deciding on USC or your application and you’ll be on campus, be sure to stop by and see us; we are thrilled to assist! In fact, while on contact, it’s our job to simply help! However, if there’s one thing personal you would like to discuss, or you believe you’ll need time for the more in-depth explanation or discussion, call your admission counselor; they are also thrilled to assist and that can dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your questions.