Chipotle? Pizza? Read More Applications?

8:30 AM: we arrive at my workplace (lets be honest, cubicle) to begin could work time. We start my outlook, read new emails, and respond to nearly all of them (some will need some additional attention later 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 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 help keep documents of everything, and just since it sounds, the GPA calculator to determine GPAs. I’m always happy when I see a total scholastic history. USC asks candidates to list their classes and grades by topic (English, math, language, social sciences etc…) therefore 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 organized way. I begin reading applications.

9:01 AM: Someone just started speaing frankly about fantasy football. As a first time player, this immediately catches my attention (I became eliminated in the first round of playoffs after investing the whole period as number one in my own league of sixteen players…just sayin…) I find it difficult to stay focused but my will power is still 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 pupil’s application is their first and second choice major (primarily because it is the first thing I see when I start an application.) I then browse 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 don’t know all of the programs available in your school or community.) We’ll wrap the application up with letter of recommendation. Some pupils may also have additional information or interview reports, which we’ll constantly read final. While I’m reading everything, I’ll make notes as we get. A few of us will read the application that is whole then make notes, but personally, I enjoy write when I get. I find I’m more thorough that means although it might have a bit longer general. Generally, my notes will describe each portion I’ve read drawing a conclusion that will assist me understand the learning student once I return to the application later.

9:45 AM: I think about when and what I’m going 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: straight back to applications…. this student is acquiesced by me! We met I was visiting a school in Virginia with them when. He told me he was going to write about a scheduled program he began at his school…turned out great!

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

4:00/30 I’ll try to summary reading applications for your day and spend the hour that is last whatever else requires tending to (like writing this blog.) Sometimes I’ll have a meeting 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 at the end.

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

Counselor on Contact

It’s morning and I’m arriving to work wednesday. Instead of going to my office, I head towards the Admission Center because I am ‘on contact.’ Just What does that mean exactly? Well, about once a thirty days, it’s my responsibility to sit in the admission center, give the admission presentations, and answer any questions from students who visit. (It also means we have a justification to have 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 room. 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 many comprehensive system that delivers a USC overview as well as information on the admission process. Perhaps you’ve been to one! Generally, there would have been a lot of concerns, mostly from parents, until students feel more comfortable (never forget to inquire of questions, I’m literally there all day to talk to you.)

9:30 a.m. Once the presentations are over I’ll return 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 keep in touch with students that are prospective families. I always talk to our tour guides and admission ambassadors. They’re usually really involved students and often inform us about their internships and jobs, so it’s beneficial to hear their perspective. A lot of times, they’re a big source of information for people on current student life.

10:00 a.m. Between presentations, I am typically jumping between talking to prospective students and parents and doing whatever work is required of me personally that day. During this specific time associated with year, that means reviewing applications and responding to e-mails. Because your certain admission counselor might not be available, the therapist assigned to the Admission Center for the time can there be to field any concerns. Some days are super busy and a line builds up, other days are light and I can spend a few extra minutes speaking to pupils, 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 all 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 are able to talk privately. If there’s not a line, I’m happy to greatly help and respect your privacy, but students should recognize that this isn’t an appointment and I also likely won’t be able to spend considerable time in one-on-one conversations away from the desk that is main. If the information is highly relevant to the application and also you would like 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 an exhausting day and other times it’s pretty peaceful, but either way, being the counselor 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 title. It’s always nice to know you helped someone get a better knowledge of the admission process.

So, ethical of the tale: in the event that you have general questions about applying to USC or the application and you will certainly be on campus, please stop by and see us; we are pleased to help! In fact, while on contact, it is 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 a more explanation that is in-depth conversation, call your admission counselor; they have been also pleased to help and may dedicate the appropriate timeframe to your questions.