‘So Long, Farewell…’ Me and my colleague, Olivia, during the Discover USC Open home in 2011

It’s hard to believe after working for nearly 3 years on the admission blog, 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 achieved or contributed in my own job, we get to move on from this chapter of my entire life with amazing memories, hilarious stories, and best of all, some pretty incredible friends.

The silver lining for me personally is that I’m not leaving the college admission world entirely—I’ll be transitioning to ‘the other part of the desk’ as we like to state in this profession by employed in a high school as being a college therapist. I’m excited to continue working with pupils and families in this capacity and I feel so happy to have had such a wonderful experience at USC to assist guide me continue.

Saying goodbye is never easy, but similar to it’s hard to graduate from high school and commence your life as an university student, life is really all in regards to the transitions and starting new and exciting chapters. Therefore, that’s how i will 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’m leaving USC with amazing memories and entering my next adventure with a mind that is open. Best of all, my experience at USC will be a part always of me personally — Fight On!

Tricks and tips for Tackling the Personal Statement

Calling all seniors! The school year is right just about to happen, and that means it is time to start contemplating college applications. While grades and test ratings are definitely a part that is important of application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that individuals simply take all components for the application into account when coming up with an admission choice.

Therefore, we expect you to put a reasonable amount of the time and energy into 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 students have a story or background that is therefore main to their identity which they believe their application would be incomplete without it. Then please share your story if this sounds like you.

Recount a time or incident whenever you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and just what lessons did you discover?

Think on a right time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted one to act? Would you make the decision that is same?

Describe an accepted place or environment where you might be perfectly content. What do you are doing or experience there, and exactly why is it significant for your requirements?

Discuss a achievement or occasion, formal or casual, that marked your change from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

While there is not one topic that is preferable to another, we do expect a things that are few you. Firstly, your essay is free of grammatical and mistakes that are spelling. This may sound very obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many individual statements we see that contain errors. While most are small, it does look careless and ultimately, does not mirror well in your application as a whole. Ensure you have a people—parents that are few counselors, instructors, etc.—look over your writing to ensure it is spotless!

Your writing also needs to be authentic and show your very own unique voice. Do not try to wow us by utilizing fancy words you discovered in a thesaurus. We would like to listen to your tale, your struggles, your triumphs. It is possible to share this while staying true to your writing style.

Do also remember that your personal statement is the opportunity to share something, well, personal about yourself, and to let an admission counselor know whom you really are outside of your GPA and standardized test score. The writing aspects of the application are your opportunity to paint a complete image of who you are to emphasize something which may 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 go?!), my peers and I are turning our attention to Fall travel season. Many of us will visit well over ninety high schools throughout the months of September, October, and November, in nearly 50 states and in over five countries that are different. We shall also be attending receptions and holding interview weekends in major metropolitan areas like Seattle, brand New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.

And we’re not by yourself. A lot of colleges and universities in the united states are visiting high schools in an attempt to meet up with great students and generate interest in their respective organizations. We realize that these ‘college visits’ can seem overwhelming, confusing, and yes, maybe a good bit repetitive, but there are ways to make the most out of a university visit. Here, we wanted to share with you a few recommendations:

1. The person that is visiting your high school is most likely reading your application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory manager’ system, where in fact the nationa country ( and sometimes, the world) is divided up into different territories. These territories are then assigned to people that are various work. 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 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 isn’t an interview. There exists a separate process for that. This is your opportunity to get the maximum amount of information you can in regards to the university or college.

4. Sometimes, two colleges perhaps you are interested in will be planned on the same day, and on occasion even at the same time. We know that in betwixt your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you may not be able to attend every visit that passions you. You are able to still link with a representative by sending an email and introducing yourself. We are going to always leave additional materials in the counseling office for those who cannot attend.

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