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All posts by: Brittany Baker-Brousseau

June 22, 2017

Conferences: A True Underdog Story

Each June, the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission turns up in full force to the Western Association for College Admission Counseling conference (affectionately known as WACAC) . In addition to networking with high school and college counselors and CRUSHING IT in the dodgeball tournament, my coworkers and I were able to attend a variety of informational sessions. We are excited to apply what we learned to our work as admission counselors and thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about the topics covered. Take a look at what we learned and, if you’d like to hear more about any of these subjects, let us know in the comments section!

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May 4, 2017

Will My Courses Transfer?

If you look up the word “articulation,” you’ll find a good number of definitions…none of which explain what articulation means in the transfer admission process. So what are we talking about when we say articulation? And how does it affect you?

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April 13, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I’d like you to think back to a year ago (back when you still believed that junior year was going to be the hardest…lol) and appreciate the vast distance you have covered. You have gone from figuring out what type of college might be a good fit and considering possible majors to actually applying to specific schools and programs. You have written essay upon essay, filled out form upon form, and you probably never want to meet another tour guide again (though you totally want to be one next year). I’ve got good news for you–the end is in sight!

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March 16, 2017

What’s the Deal with TA’s?

Ah, spring time! The lilies are blooming, the robins are singing, and many students are using their spring breaks to visit colleges. At nearly every one of the college information sessions you attend, you are likely to hear that ubiquitous phrase spoken with pride, “No courses are taught by TA’s!” This is a point commonly made by admissions representatives, so it made me wonder…what do TA’s actually do?? (And why are we supposed to dislike them?)

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February 16, 2017

What’s Next for Transfer Applicants?

Congratulations, transfer applicants! You have all submitted your USC applications at this point and are likely a few weeks into your spring semester. After putting so much effort into getting your application materials together, your wheels may still be spinning a bit. Thankfully, you can pull back a little now, but here are some next steps for you to keep in mind as you settle into the spring:

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January 26, 2017

An Update on Updates

Last month I explored some ideas about how you could best use your time as you wait to hear back from USC. But I just wanted to update you all on something I thought of in the meantime…and that would be updates (and check-ins and communiques of all sorts)! The proverbial phone works both ways here: we may need to be in touch with you, and you may need to be in touch. Let’s explore the when and why of college applicant communications!

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December 15, 2016

And Now…We Wait

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My friends and family know not to call me in December. This is the time of year that I ignore their texts so I can stay immersed in your essay and when I take the later train home so I can finish tracking down your transcript. The weirdness of the admission cycle is that high schools and colleges are always out of sync–your breaks are our busy months and vice versa. When I’m working away to make my deadlines, you’ve already met yours! My crazy December means that you now have to do one of the hardest things in the world…wait.

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October 13, 2016

Ms. BB Goes Back to School…as a Music Industry Major!

I feel like our choice in glasses accurately reflect our choice in majors... Quinn and me: I feel like our choice in glasses accurately reflect our choice in majors…

Though I LOVED studying English in college (it’s useful—I promise!), I’m a little curious about all of the other majors out there. What if I had chosen to study something entirely different? Would time and space be irrevocably altered?! Probably not, but at the very least I would have had a totally different college experience. I decided the only way to know was to “go back” to school…this time as a Music Industry major!

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September 8, 2016

What to Avoid When You’re Applying (or how to conquer your senior fall)

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Senior year is tough! You’re in your hardest classes to date, you’re taking on more and more responsibilities, you’re hitting a milestone almost every week…and then we ask you to apply to college. 12th grade may never be easy, but you can certainly make it less hard. Though each student’s college process is unique, there are a handful of behaviors/mind sets that I have seen cause unnecessary stress time and time again. Some call them the Four Horseman of the Common Appocalypse (and by some I mean me), but they are all avoidable if you know how to recognize the signs!

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