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

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

It is hard to believe that after working for nearly 3 years on the admission weblog, this is my final post. Reflecting on my time as an admission therapist at USC is bittersweet. We learned a ton, I’ve grown professionally, and I was challenged in and day out day. But, more important than what I’ve achieved or contributed in my own job, I get to maneuver on from this chapter of my life with amazing memories, hilarious stories, and best of all, some pretty incredible friends.

The silver lining for me 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 state in this profession by employed in a high school as a college therapist. I’m excited to continue working with students and families in this capacity and I also feel so lucky to have had such an experience that is wonderful USC to help guide me moving forward.

Saying goodbye is not effortless, but much like it is hard to graduate from high school and begin your life as a scholar, life is really all concerning the transitions and starting new and exciting chapters. So, 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 to the next chapter of my life. I am leaving USC with incredible memories and starting my next adventure with a mind that is open. On top of that, 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 college year is appropriate just about to happen, and that means it is time to start considering college applications. While grades and test scores are definitely a essential element of the application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that individuals take all components associated with the application into account when creating an admission choice.

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

Some students have 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 you, then please share your story.

Recount a time or incident when you experienced failure. Exactly How did it affect you, and exactly what lessons did you learn?

Think about a right time whenever you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to definitely act? Would you make the same decision again?

Describe an accepted place or environment where you are perfectly content. Exactly What do you are doing or experience there, and why is it significant to you?

Discuss an event or accomplishment, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or household.

While there is not one topic that surpasses another, we do expect a few things from you. Firstly, your essay ought to be free of grammatical and mistakes that are spelling. This could seem very obvious, but you would be surprised at just how many personal statements we see that contain errors. Many are small, it does ultimately look careless and, does perhaps not mirror well on your application all together. Make sure you have few people—parents, counselors, instructors, etc.—look over your writing to make sure that it’s spotless!

Your writing also needs to be authentic and show your own voice that is unique. Do not try to impress us by using words that are fancy found in a thesaurus. We wish to listen to your tale, your struggles, your triumphs. You can share this while staying true to your writing style.

Do also remember that your personal declaration is an 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 components of the application are your possibility to paint a picture that is complete of you are to highlight a thing that may not shine through elsewhere.

While admission counselors cannot review any personal statements before they truly are officially submitted, we have been 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 get?!), my colleagues and I are turning our attention to Fall travel season. Most of us will visit upwards of ninety high schools through the months of September, October, and November, in nearly 50 states and in over five different countries. We shall additionally be attending receptions and interview that is holding in major urban centers like Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.

And we have been not by yourself. A lot of colleges and universities across the country will likely be visiting high schools in an attempt to generally meet great students and generate interest in 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 really make the many out of a university visit. Here, we wanted to fairly share a few tips:

1. The individual who’s visiting your senior high school is most reading that is likely application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory manager’ system, where in fact the nationa country ( and quite often, the world) is divided up into different territories. These territories 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 an impression that is good! No, this does 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. You shouldn’t be nervous. a college visit just isn’t an interview. There exists a process that is separate that. This is your opportunity to get as much information you can shmoop pro about the college or university.

4. Sometimes, two universities perhaps you are interested in will be scheduled on the same day, if not at the same time. We realize that in between your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you may not be able to attend every visit that interests you. You are able to still link with a representative by sending an email and introducing yourself. We will always keep materials that are extra the counseling office for folks who cannot attend.


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