‘So Long, Farewell…’ Me and my colleague, Olivia, at the Discover USC Open home last year

It is hard to think that after working for nearly 3 years on the admission blog, this is my final 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 day in and day trip. But, more important than what I’ve achieved or added in my own job, I get to move on from this chapter of amazing memories to my life, hilarious stories, and best of all, 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 side of the desk’ as we like to say in this profession by employed in a high school as being a college counselor. I am excited to continue working together with students and families in this capacity and I feel so happy to have had such an experience that is wonderful 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 really all about the transitions and getting into new and exciting chapters. So, that’s how I’m going to view this change—I’m ‘graduating’ from my 4 years in the admission that is undergraduate at USC and simply moving on to the next chapter of my life. I am leaving USC with incredible memories and going into my next adventure with a available 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 ratings are definitely a part that is important of application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that individuals take all components regarding the application into consideration when making an admission decision.

Therefore, we expect you to definitely put a reasonable amount of time and energy in to the qualitative aspects of your application; namely, your essay and quick solution responses. This 12 months, the popular Application has changed the essay prompts to the following (you pick one):

Some pupils have actually a story or background that is therefore main to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

Recount an incident or time whenever you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

Think on time whenever you challenged a belief or concept. What prompted you to definitely work? Would you make the exact same choice again?

Describe an accepted place or environment where you’re perfectly content. What do you are doing or experience there, and 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 culture, community, or family members.

While there is not just one topic that surpasses another, we do expect a few things from you. Firstly, your essay must certanly be free of grammatical and spelling mistakes. This might seem very obvious, but you would certainly be surprised at exactly how many individual statements we see that contain errors. Many are little, it does ultimately look careless and, does maybe not reflect well on your application in general. Make sure you have few people—parents, counselors, instructors, etc.—look over your writing to make certain that it’s spotless!

Your writing should also be authentic and show your own voice that is unique. Do not make an effort to wow us by utilizing fancy terms you found in a thesaurus. We wish to know your tale, your struggles, your triumphs. You are able to share this while staying true to your writing style.

Do keep in mind that your personal declaration is the opportunity to share something, well, personal 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 possibility to paint a complete picture of whom you are to highlight something that 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 colleagues and I are turning our attention to Fall travel period. A lot of us will visit up to ninety high schools during the months of September, October, and November, in nearly 50 states and in over five countries that are different. We shall additionally be attending receptions and interview that is holding in major cities like Seattle, brand New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.

And we have been not alone. A lot of colleges and universities around the world are going to be visiting high schools in an effort to generally meet great students and interest that is generate their respective organizations. We know that these ‘college visits’ can seem overwhelming, confusing, and yes, possibly even a bit repetitive, but there are ways to help make the most out of a college visit. Here, we desired to fairly share a tips that are few

1. The individual who’s visiting your senior school is most reading that is likely application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory supervisor’ system, where in fact the country ( and sometimes, the world) is divided up into different territories. These regions are then assigned to various individuals in 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 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. Avoid being nervous. an university visit isn’t an interview. There’s a process that is separate that. This is your opportunity to gain as much information you can about the university or college.

4. Sometimes, two universities maybe you are interested in will be scheduled on the same day, if not at the time that is same. We understand that in between your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you might not be able to attend every check out that interests you. You can still connect with a representative by sending an email and introducing yourself. We are going to always leave extra materials in the counseling office for those who cannot attend.

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