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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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March 9, 2017

Student Highlight: Merit Scholar, Hima Rajana

Over the past few weeks our office has hosted a group of newly admitted students who are being considered for a merit scholarship. We wanted to highlight Hima Rajana, a sophomore and scholarship recipient from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Computer Programming. This year, Hima is involved in the Trojan Scholars Society (TSS) as the Director of Service. Apart from TSS, Hima is involved with the USC Helenes, a spirit and service organization, serving as one of the official hostesses of the university. She is also a counselor with USC Troy Camp, a USC Dornsife Ambassador, a trip lead with Peaks and Professors, and a research assistant at the Brain and Creativity Center. In her free time, she enjoys conquering LA’s mountains, dreaming up endless combinations of sweet and savory oatmeal, and looking up photos of cute dogs.

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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 16, 2016

A Day in the Life of An Admission Counselor: Life After Recruitment

John and GlideAfter visiting 70 high schools around the world and taking nearly 15 flights over the past two months, you probably think that I would want nothing more than to spend hours online searching for Hannukah sweaters for my dog, Goldie, binge watching Westworld on HBO, and eating some vegan ice cream. I also need to get going on Gilmore Girls, but, yes this is a very typical post recruitment rehabilitation for me. With that said, the admission cycle carries on, and so does my life in L.A. Following are some of the things that keep me busy after the recruitment season has concluded.

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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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November 4, 2016

Student Highlight: Out-of-State Student, Matt Solowan

For this month’s installation of Student Highlights we have Matt Solowan. So there’s a couple things I want to preface about Matt, and as his admission counselor, I feel the need to brag a little bit. Matt is from Long Island, NY with a double major and double minor (no that is not a mistake!). He is majoring in Economics and Italian, with minors in Dance and Web Technologies & Applications. On campus, Matt is involved in University Student Government (USG) on the Diversity Affairs Board and is Co-Director of Scholars Leading Scholars. Recently, Matt was accepted to study abroad in Milan taking economics classes at Università Bocconi. Oh, and did I mention that he’s graduating next year…meaning he is somehow accomplishing all this in 3 years?! It’s safe to say that Matt is amazing, so I hope you all enjoy hearing a little more about his perspective as an out-of-state student.

-Natalie Guevara

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November 3, 2016

Top 7 Things to Avoid in Your Application (Why 7? Why not?!)

Keep CalmSo the time has come for students to put pen to paper and write their Common App essays, respond to short answer questions, and discuss how they would contribute to campus life. That’s right…it’s time to edit and revise your college applications. For some of you, this is a moment you’ve been anticipating. Whether you are applying to a school you’ve had your eye on for a while or are still open minded, it’s inevitably a big moment in every student’s life. The moment you hit submit…

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