‘So Long, Farewell…’ Me and my colleague, Olivia, during the Discover USC Open House last year
It’s difficult to believe after working for nearly 3 years on the admission web log, this is my last post. Reflecting on my time as an admission counselor at USC is bittersweet. We discovered a ton, I’ve grown professionally, and I was challenged in and day out day. But, more important than the things I’ve accomplished or added in my own job, we get to move on from this chapter of my life with amazing memories, hilarious stories, and on top of that, some pretty incredible friends.
The silver lining for me personally is that I’m not leaving the university admission world entirely—I’ll be transitioning to ‘the other part of the desk’ as we like to say in this profession by working in a high school as a college therapist. I’m excited to continue working together with students and families in this capacity and I also feel so happy to have had such a wonderful experience at USC to help guide me continue.
Saying goodbye is never easy, but much like it is hard to graduate from high school and start your life as a college student, life is royal casino las vegas really all in regards to the transitions and starting new and chapters that are exciting. Therefore, that’s how I’m going to regard this change—I’m ‘graduating’ from my 4 years in the undergraduate admission office at USC and simply moving on to the next chapter of my entire life. I am leaving USC with amazing memories and entering my next adventure with a available mind. Best of all, my experience at USC will always be considered a part of me — Fight On!
Tips and Tricks for Tackling the Personal Statement
Calling all seniors! The school is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about college applications year. While grades and test ratings are definitely a important part of the application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that individuals just take all components of the application into consideration when coming up with an admission choice.
Therefore, we expect one to put a reasonable amount of the time and energy to the qualitative aspects of one’s application; particularly, your essay and answer that is short. This year, the typical Application has changed the essay prompts to the following (you pick one):
Some pupils have actually a background or story that is so main to their identity which they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds as if you, then please share your story.
Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. Exactly How did you be affected by it, and just what lessons did you learn?
Reflect on time whenever you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the decision that is same?
Describe an accepted place or environment where you’re perfectly content. What do you are doing or experience there, and exactly why is it significant to you?
Discuss a accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your tradition, community, or family members.
While there is not just one topic that is preferable to another, we do expect a few things from you. Firstly, your essay must be free of grammatical and spelling mistakes. This could sound very obvious, but you will be surprised at exactly how many individual statements we see that contain errors. Many are little, it does look careless and ultimately, does perhaps not reflect well in your application as a whole. Be sure you have people—parents that are few counselors, teachers, etc.—look over your writing to ensure it is spotless!
Your writing must also be authentic and show your very own unique sound. Do not try to wow us by utilizing words that are fancy discovered in a thesaurus. We want to know your story, your struggles, your triumphs. It is possible to share this while staying true to your writing style.
Do keep in mind that your personal statement is the opportunity to share something, well, individual you really are outside of your GPA and standardized test score about yourself, and to let an admission counselor know who. The writing aspects of the application are your opportunity to paint a picture that is complete of you are to emphasize a thing that may well not shine through elsewhere.
While admission counselors cannot review any personal statements we are here to answer any questions you may have about the process before they are officially submitted. Happy writing!
On the trail Again!
As summer comes to a close (where did the right time get?!), my colleagues and I are turning our attention to Fall travel season. Many of us will visit well over ninety high schools through the months of September, October, and November, in nearly 50 states and in over five countries that are different. We are going to additionally be attending receptions and holding interview weekends in major urban centers like Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.
And we are not alone. Tons of colleges and universities around the world is visiting high schools in an effort to meet up great students and generate interest in their respective institutions. We realize that these ‘college visits’ can seem overwhelming, confusing, and yes, perhaps a good bit repetitive, but there are methods to really make the many out of the college visit. Here, we wanted to share with you a tips that are few
1. The person that is visiting your senior high school is most most likely reading your application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory supervisor’ system, where in fact the country ( and sometimes, the world) is divided up into different territories. These territories are then assigned to various people in any office. The first person to read your application, and is also your direct contact throughout the entire application process at USC, the person visiting your high school is in fact.
2. Make an impression that is good! No, this does maybe not suggest shower us with gifts and compliments (though wouldn’t that be nice after the visit and telling the territory manager a bit about your interests, and potentially writing a follow-up e-mail or note if we could accept them!) Making a good impression means doing your research about the institution, remaining attentive during the visit, asking insightful questions, introducing yourself.
3. Do not be nervous. a college visit just isn’t an interview. There is a process that is separate that. This is your opportunity to gain the maximum amount of information you can about the college or university.
4. Sometimes, two colleges you may well be interested in will be planned on the same day, or even at the same time. We all know that in betwixt your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you may not be able to attend every see that passions you. You can still link with a representative by sending an email and introducing yourself. We will always keep extra materials in the counseling office for many who cannot attend.