‘So Long, Farewell…’ Me and my colleague, Olivia, during the Discover USC Open home in 2011
It’s difficult to believe that after working for nearly 3 years on the admission web log, this is my last post. Reflecting on my time as an admission therapist at USC is bittersweet. I discovered a ton, I’ve grown professionally, and I was challenged day in and day out. But, more important than what I’ve accomplished or contributed in my job, I get to maneuver on from this chapter of amazing memories to my life, hilarious stories, and on top of that, some pretty incredible friends.
The silver lining for me personally is that I’m not making the college admission world entirely—I’ll be transitioning to ‘the other part of the desk’ as we like to say in this profession by involved in a high school being a college counselor. I am excited to continue dealing with pupils and families in this capacity and I also feel so fortunate to have had such an experience that is wonderful USC to assist guide me dancing.
Saying goodbye is not easy, but similar to it’s hard to graduate from high school and begin your life as an university student, life is really all in regards to the transitions and embarking on new and exciting chapters. Therefore, that’s how I’m going to treat this change—I’m ‘graduating’ from my 4 years in the undergraduate admission office at USC and simply moving about the next chapter of my life. I am leaving USC with incredible memories and entering my next adventure with a open mind. Best of all, my experience at USC will always be considered a part of me personally — Fight On!
Guidelines 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 scores are definitely a crucial element of the application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that people just take all components of this application into account when making an admission choice.
Therefore, we expect you to put a fair amount of the time and energy in to the qualitative aspects of one’s application; particularly, your essay and answer that is short. This 12 months, the Common Application changed the essay prompts to the(you that are following one):
Some students have a story or background that is so main to their identity they think their application would be incomplete without it. Then please share your story if this sounds like you.
Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. Exactly How did you be affected by it, and just what lessons did you learn?
Think on time whenever you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
Describe place or environment where you’re perfectly content. Exactly What do you are doing or experience there, and exactly why is it meaningful for your requirements?
Discuss an event or accomplishment, formal or casual, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your tradition, community, or household.
While there is not one topic that surpasses another, we do expect a things that are few you. Firstly, your essay ought to be free of grammatical and mistakes that are spelling. This could sound very obvious, but you will be surprised at how many individual statements we see that contain errors. Many are little, it does ultimately look careless and, does perhaps not reflect well on your own application all together. Make sure you have a few people—parents, counselors, teachers, etc.—look over your writing to ensure that it is spotless!
Your writing should also be authentic and show your voice that is unique. Do not you will need to impress us by using words that are fancy discovered in a thesaurus. We want to hear your tale, 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 a chance to share something, well, personal about yourself, and to let an admission counselor understand whom you actually are outside of one’s GPA and standardized test score. The writing aspects of the application are your chance to paint a complete picture of whom you are to emphasize something that may well not shine through elsewhere.
While admission counselors cannot review any personal statements before they are officially submitted, our company is here to respond to any questions you may have about the procedure. Happy writing!
On the street Again!
As summer comes to an in depth (where did the time go?!), my peers and I are turning our attention to Fall travel season. Many of us will visit upwards of ninety high schools throughout the months of September, October, and November, in nearly 50 states and in over five countries that are different. We will additionally be attending receptions and interview that is holding in major urban centers like Seattle, brand New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.
And we have been not alone. Tons of colleges and universities in the united states will shmoop pro likely be visiting high schools in an effort to meet up great students and interest that is generate their respective institutions. We know that these ‘college visits’ can seem overwhelming, confusing, and yes, possibly a good bit repetitive, but there are methods to make the most out of the university visit. Here, we desired to share a tips that are few
1. The person who is visiting your senior high school is most likely reading your application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory manager’ system, where in fact the country ( and quite often, the world) is divided up into different territories. These territories are then assigned to various individuals 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 a good impression! No, this does maybe not mean 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. Don’t be nervous. an university visit isn’t an interview. There is a split process for that. This is your opportunity to gain the maximum amount of information you can concerning the university or college.
4. Sometimes, two universities you may well be interested in will be scheduled on the same day, and sometimes even at the time that is same. We all know that in betwixt your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you might not be able to attend every check out that passions you. You are able to still connect with a representative by sending an e-mail and introducing yourself. We will always leave materials that are extra the counseling office for those who cannot attend.