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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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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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October 10, 2016

Top 5 Things Admission Counselors Do On The Road

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During the fall of each school year, I travel…a lot.  I wake up early, catch flights across the country, and search the Hertz parking lot for rental cars with backup cameras.  During this time, I’m hardly ever at my desk, I’m meeting tons of awesome students, and learning about the cool and exciting things students are doing.  But when I’m not on an airplane or at the rental car counter, here’s what I’m probably doing…

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September 27, 2016

Student Highlight: USC Student Body President, Edwin Saucedo

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It’s Natalie Guevara and I’m excited to start working with our blog. While coming up with topic ideas, I thought of common questions we get from prospective students and one of my favorites is always: what’s it like to be a student at USC? And although I’m an alumna of the university and had my own great experiences…I really want you to hear from current students with a bigger range of majors/involvement/background/etc. So rather than hear about all the cool things I have to say (many of you get enough of that), I’ll find current students to tell you about their experiences. For our first installment, we have Edwin Saucedo, the Student Body President for the Undergraduate Student Government. He is originally from South Gate, CA and is set to graduate this coming May 2017. Check out what he had to say.

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