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

It is hard 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 therapist at USC is bittersweet. We learned a ton, i have 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, I 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 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 working in a high school being a college counselor. I am excited to continue using 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 simple, but similar to it’s hard to graduate from high school and commence your life as a scholar, life is really all about the transitions and starting new and chapters that are exciting. Therefore, 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 entire life. I am leaving USC with incredible memories and entering my next adventure with a mind that is open. On top of that, my experience at USC will always be described as 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 scores are definitely a important element of the application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that people simply take all components of the application into consideration when making an admission choice.

Therefore, we expect you to definitely put a fair amount of the time and energy to the qualitative aspects of your 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 pupils have a story or background that is so main to their identity which they think their application would be incomplete without it. Then please share your story if this sounds like you.

Recount a time or incident once you experienced failure. Exactly How did you be affected by it, and what lessons did you discover?

Think about a right time when you challenged a belief or concept. What prompted one to work? Would you make the decision that is same?

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 for you?

Discuss an event or accomplishment, formal or casual, that marked your change from childhood to adulthood within your tradition, community, or family members.

While there is not just one topic that is better than another, we do expect a things that are few you. Firstly, your essay must be free of grammatical and mistakes that are spelling. This might seem very obvious, but you will be surprised at just how many personal statements we see that contain errors. Many are small, it does ultimately look careless and, does maybe not mirror well in your application all together. Be sure you have people—parents that are few counselors, teachers, etc.—look over your writing to make certain it is spotless!

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

Do also remember that your personal statement is a chance to share something, well, personal about yourself, and to let an admission counselor understand who you actually are outside of the GPA and standardized test score. The writing aspects of the application are your opportunity to paint a picture that is complete of you are to highlight something 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 street Again!

As summer comes to a detailed (where did the right time go?!), my colleagues and I are turning our attention to Fall travel season. Most of us will visit well over ninety high schools during the months of September, October, and November, in nearly 50 states and in over five countries that are different. We will also be attending receptions and holding interview weekends in major cities like Seattle, brand New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.

And we’re one of many. A great deal of colleges and universities in the united states are going to be visiting high schools in an attempt to meet up great students and generate interest in their respective institutions. We know that these ‘college visits’ can seem overwhelming, confusing, and yes, maybe a good bit repetitive, but there are ways to help make the many out of a university visit. Here, we desired to fairly share a few tips:

1. The individual who’s visiting your senior school is most most likely reading your application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory supervisor’ system, where the nationa country ( and sometimes, the world) is divided up into different territories. These regions are then assigned to people that are various the office. At USC, the person visiting your high school is certainly the first person to read your application, and it is additionally your direct contact throughout the entire application process.

2. Make an impression that is good! No, this does not mean shower us with gifts and compliments (though wouldn’t that be nice if we could accept them!) building a good impression means doing your research concerning the institution, remaining attentive during the see, asking insightful questions, launching yourself after the visit and telling the territory manager a bit about your interests, and possibly writing a follow-up e-mail or note.

3. Do not be nervous. a college visit isn’t an interview. There is a split procedure for that. This is your opportunity to gain just as much information you can in regards to the university or college.

4. Sometimes, two universities you may well be interested in will be planned on the same day, or even at the same time. We realize that in betwixt your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you might not be able to attend every visit that passions you. You can still link with a representative by sending an e-mail and introducing yourself. We’ll always leave materials that are extra the counseling office if you cannot attend.