Category Archives: Guest
April 10, 2015
I had been a fan of USC football and frequent visitor of the campus for almost six years when I received a letter telling me I had been denied admission. USC was, by every metric, my dream school, top of my list. When friends or family asked where I wanted to go to college, USC was the default answer. For a while, after receiving my deny letter, I refused to entertain the notion of having anything to do with USC. I had invested so much of myself into USC that it hurt me on a deep level to be denied.
March 24, 2015
Tens of thousands of packets and letters are beginning to make their way through the U.S. postal system. We began reading on October 29th and just finished our last committee discussions less than twenty four hours ago. Believe me, we have needed and used every single minute over the last several months to select this class. More than 30,000 staff hours (the equivalent of fifteen years of full-time work for one person) have been spent reading, evaluating and discussing candidates.
January 27, 2015
College admission has now been my career for nearly eight years, but prior to jumping onto this side of the desk, I spent two years as a high school counselor in my home state of Louisiana. I was never formally the school’s “college counselor,” so I was spared from having to write hundreds upon hundreds of letters of recommendation. But during those two years, due to my role as moderator of the Student Council, I was able to get to know a number of seniors who were going through the admission process. As we prepare to mail out decisions regarding our scholarship decisions, which I am sure will leave a great number of students dissatisfied, confused, and questioning our judgment, a particular meeting with one of my favorite Student Council members is fresh on my mind.