Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: I get to my workplace (lets be truthful, cubicle) to start out my work time. We open my outlook, read new emails, and respond to most of them (some will need some extra attention later on into 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 very own USC internal database, and 3) my grade point average (GPA) calculator. We utilze the internet to see the Common Application, our database to help keep records of everything, and simply because it sounds, the GPA calculator to calculate GPAs. I am always very happy once I see a total educational history. USC asks candidates to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, language, social sciences etc…) so that it's easy to understand the classes a student took in ninth through eleventh grade. I'm also able to see the grades in a clear and organized way. 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 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 we start an application.) I then have a look at academics, including standardized test scores and the academic history. Next we'll consider every one of the qualitative aspects: short answer questions, essays, and activity section (helpful hint: always spell out acronyms wherever you employ them. We do not know most of the programs available in your school or community.) I'll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils will also have additional information or interview reports, which we'll always read last. While I'm reading everything, I'll take down notes as I go. A number of us will read the application that is whole then take notes, but personally, I like to write when I go. We find I'm more thorough that way even though 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 return to the application later.

9:45 AM: I think about when and the things 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: back to applications…. this student is acquiesced by me! I met I was visiting a school in Virginia with them when. He told me he was going to create about program he started at their school…turned out great!

Sometime within the afternoon: we'll answer the phone, react to emails as they are available in (we try 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 afternoon and spend the hour that is last whatever else needs tending to (like writing this website.) Often 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 spend this time around 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 in the event you were wondering! 🙂

Counselor on Contact

It's morning and I'm arriving to work wednesday. Instead of going to my office, I head to the Admission Center because I 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 obtain Coffee Bean because it's in identical building.)

8:00 a.m. After getting my café vanilla, I really do a quick email scan and check my teeth before going into the presentation room. Since today is Wednesday, I can give the 8:30 am and 12:30 pm Meet USC presentations. This presentation that is one-hour our many comprehensive system that provides a USC overview along with info on the admission process. Perchance you've been to one! Generally, there is a great deal of questions, mostly from moms and dads, until pupils feel more comfortable (don't hesitate to inquire of questions, I'm literally there all to talk for you. day)

9:30 a.m. When the presentations are over I'll go back to the counselor desk and guests have a tour that is 90-minute a student tour-guide. Our tour guides are incredibly eager and willing to talk to students that are prospective families. We always talk to our trip guides and admission ambassadors. They're usually extremely involved students and often inform us about their internships and projects, therefore it's helpful to hear their perspective. Lots of times, they truly are a source that is big of 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. During this specific time of the 12 months, that means reviewing applications and answering e-mails. Because your admission that is specific counselor not be around, the therapist 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 spend several minutes that are extra to pupils, but we'll always make certain to be helpful and response as many questions when I can.

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

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 really a line, I'm pleased to aid and respect your privacy, but pupils should understand that this is not an appointment and I also likely won't be able to spend considerable time in one-on-one conversations away from the main desk. If the information is strongly related your application and you wants those reviewing it to keep it in mind, we'll always suggest that you call or email your admission that is specific counselor.

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 therapist on contact allows us to be able to interact with students and families and actually get to make use of the 'counselor' part of our name. It's always nice to know you helped someone get an improved understanding of the admission process.

So, moral 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 greatly help! However, if there's one thing private you wish to discuss, or you believe you will need time for the more explanation that is in-depth conversation, call your admission counselor; they've been also thrilled to help and may dedicate the appropriate period of time to your questions.