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

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

It’s hard to believe that after working for nearly 3 years on the admission blog, this is my final post. Reflecting on my time as an admission therapist at USC is bittersweet. We discovered a ton, i have grown professionally, and I was challenged day in and day out. But, more important than what I’ve accomplished or added within my job, we 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 as we like to say in this profession by working in a high school as a college counselor for me is that I’m not leaving the college admission world entirely—I’ll be transitioning to ‘the other side of the desk. I am excited to continue working with students and families in this capacity and I feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderful experience at USC to help guide me dancing.

Saying goodbye is never effortless, but similar to it is hard to graduate from high school and begin 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’m going to view this change—I’m ‘graduating’ from my 4 years in the admission that is undergraduate 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 available mind. On top of that, my experience at USC will be a part always of me — Fight On!

Tips and Tricks for Tackling the Personal Statement

Calling all seniors! The school year is right around the corner, and that means it is the right time to start contemplating college applications. While grades and test scores are definitely a part that is important of application, at USC, we conduct a holistic review of files, meaning that we take all components regarding the application under consideration when coming up with an admission decision.

Therefore, we expect you to definitely put a reasonable amount of time and energy into the qualitative aspects of one’s application; namely, your essay and quick response responses. This year, the typical Application changed the essay prompts to the following (you pick one):

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

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

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

Describe place or environment where you’re perfectly content. What do you are doing or experience there, and why is it meaningful for you?

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

While there is not 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 spelling mistakes. This may appear very obvious, but you would certainly be surprised at just how many individual statements we see that contain errors. Many are tiny, it does ultimately look careless and, does maybe not mirror well in your application all together. Make sure you have a people—parents that are few counselors, teachers, etc.—look over your writing to ensure that it is spotless!

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

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


While admission counselors cannot review any personal statements before they have been officially submitted, our company is here to respond to any questions you may have about the procedure. Happy writing!

On the trail Again!

As summer comes to a close (where did the time get?!), my colleagues and I are turning our attention to Fall travel season. 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 will additionally be attending receptions and holding interview weekends in major cities like Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, etc.

And we have been not by yourself. Tons of colleges and universities in the united states is visiting high schools in an attempt to satisfy 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 methods to make the many out of a university visit. Here, we desired to fairly share a tips that are few

1. The individual who’s visiting your highschool is most reading that is likely application. Many institutions implement a ‘territory manager’ system, where in actuality the country ( and sometimes, the world) is divided up into different territories. These regions are then assigned to various individuals in the 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 an impression that is good! No, this does not suggest shower us with gifts and compliments (though wouldn’t that be nice whenever we could accept them!) Making a good impression means doing all your research in regards to the institution, remaining attentive during the visit, asking insightful questions, presenting your self after the visit and telling the territory manager a bit about your interests, and possibly writing a follow-up e-mail or note.

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

4. Sometimes, two colleges you may be interested in will be scheduled on the same day, and sometimes even at the same time. We know that in betwixt your AP/IB classes, tests, and extracurriculars, you might not be able to attend every see that interests you. You’ll still link with a representative by sending an e-mail and introducing yourself. We shall always keep materials that are extra the counseling office for folks who cannot attend.

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