Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: I reach my workplace (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start could work day. We start my outlook, read new e-mails, and react to the majority of them (some will need some attention that is extra within the day.) I’m very close to finishing my one sit down elsewhere 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 make an online search to see the Application that is common database to help keep documents of everything, and just since it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I will be always happy once I see a total history that is academic. USC asks applicants to record their classes and grades by topic (English, mathematics, spanish, 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 way that is organized. I begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started discussing fantasy football. As a first time player, this immediately catches my attention (I happened to be eliminated in the first round of playoffs after spending the whole season as number one in my own league of sixteen players…just sayin…) I find it difficult to stay focused but my perseverence continues to be strong this at the beginning of the morning.

9:02 AM 12:00 PM: I continue reading… the thing that is first look at in a student’s application is their first and second choice major (mainly because it’s the first thing I see when I open an application.) I then check out academics, including standardized test scores and the history that is academic. Next we’ll view 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 most of the scheduled programs available in your school or community.) We’ll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some students will even have additional information or interview reports, which I’ll constantly read last. While I’m reading everything, I’ll take notes as I go. A number of us will read the whole application, then take down notes, but personally, I love to write as I go. I find I’m more thorough that real means although it might take a bit longer overall. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion which will help me understand the student once I come back to the application later.

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

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 with them when I was visiting a school in Virginia. He told me he was going to publish about program he began at their school…turned out great!

Sometime within the afternoon: I’ll answer the phone, react to emails as they come in (we you will need to respond shmoop pro to you when I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I’ll try to wrap up 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 meeting in the early morning or afternoon therefore this portion of my day may differ in timing. But on a typical day, I spend this time around during the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

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

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I actually do an email that is quick and check my teeth prior to going into the presentation space. Since is Wednesday, I will give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations today. This presentation that is one-hour our most comprehensive program that provides a USC overview along with home elevators the admission process. Perhaps you’ve been to one! Generally, there would have been a great deal of concerns, mostly from parents, until students feel more comfortable (do not be afraid to inquire of 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 guests take a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our trip guides are so eager and willing to speak to prospective students and families. I always chat with our trip guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually very students that are involved often reveal about their internships and tasks, therefore it’s useful to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they truly are a big supply of information for people 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. During this specific time associated with 12 months, that means reviewing applications and responding to emails. Because your specific admission counselor might not be available, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the day is there to field any questions. Some times are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can invest a few extra minutes chatting to pupils, but I’ll always make yes to be helpful and response as many questions when I can.

12:00ish. Whenever I 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 (for those who 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 a line, We’m pleased to aid and respect your privacy, but students should recognize that this just isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t manage to spend considerable time in one-on-one conversations away from the desk that is main. If the information is strongly related your application and you would like those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we are going to always suggest that you call or email your specific admission counselor.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it is an exhausting day and in other cases it’s pretty quiet, but either way, being the therapist on contact allows us a chance to interact with students and families and actually get to use the ‘counselor’ part of our name. It’s always nice to understand you helped someone get a much 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’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 explanation that is in-depth discussion, call your admission therapist; they’re also thrilled to help and can dedicate the appropriate period of time to your questions.

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