Chipotle? Pizza? Study More Applications?

8:30 AM: we arrive at my office (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start my work time. I open my outlook, read new e-mails, and respond to nearly all of them (some will need some attention that is extra into the time.) 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 very own USC internal database, and 3) my grade point average (GPA) calculator. We utilze the internet to see the Application that is common database to keep documents of everything, and simply since it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I’m always happy once I see a total history that is academic. USC asks candidates to record their classes and grades by topic (English, math, 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. I begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started speaking 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 I look at in a student’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because oahu is the first thing I see when I open an application.) I then check out academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next we’ll view all of the qualitative aspects: short answer concerns, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you utilize them. We don’t know all of the programs available in your school or community.) We’ll put the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils will even have information that is additional interview reports, which I’ll always read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll make notes as we go. Some of us will read the shmoop pro application that is whole then make notes, but personally, I enjoy write as I get. We find I’m more thorough that real way although it might take a bit longer general. Generally speaking, my notes will describe each portion i have read drawing a conclusion that will help me understand the pupil 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 consume a salad? Decisions decisions….


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

Sometime into the afternoon: we’ll answer the phone, react to emails as they are available (I attempt to respond to you when I can,) and take a few water breaks.

4:00/30 I’ll try to summary reading applications for the afternoon and spend the hour that is last whatever else needs tending to (like writing this blog.) 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 spend this time around during the end.

5:00 PM: Time for you to go home and play 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 the Admission Center because We am ‘on contact.’ What does that mean 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 also means I have a justification to have Coffee Bean since it’s in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I do a quick email scan and check my teeth prior to going into the presentation space. 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 as well as informative data on the admission process. Perchance you’ve been to one! Generally, there will be a lot of concerns, mostly from parents, until pupils feel more comfortable (don’t be afraid to inquire of questions, I’m literally there all day to talk for your requirements.)

9:30 a.m. When the presentations are over I’ll get back to the counselor desk and visitors have a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our tour guides are incredibly eager and ready to speak to students that are prospective families. We always talk to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually extremely students that are involved often inform us about their internships and jobs, so it’s beneficial to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they are a big way to obtain information for people on current student 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 personally that day. During this particular time of this year, that means reviewing applications and answering email messages. Because your admission that is specific counselor not be around, the counselor assigned to the Admission Center for the day 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 minutes that are extra to students, but we’ll always make yes to be helpful and response as many questions as I can.

12:00ish. I run outside to grab a quick lunch when I can. The closest choices to the Admission Center are the places into 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. 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 help and respect your privacy, but students should recognize 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 desk that is main. If the information is highly relevant to the job and also you would really like those reviewing it to help keep it in mind, we are going to always recommend that you call or email your specific admission counselor.

5:00 p.m. Time to close the Admission Center. Sometimes it’s an exhausting day and in other cases it’s pretty quiet, but either way, being the therapist 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 know you helped someone get a better comprehension 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 aid! However, if there’s something personal you want to discuss, or you believe you will need time for the more explanation that is in-depth conversation, call your admission therapist; these are typically also thrilled to help and will dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your questions.