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Archive for September, 2013

September 26, 2013

Call Us, Maybe?

         Since most universities give prospective students direct access to their admission representatives (USC included), more and more students have taken taken advantage of this opportunity. However, keep in mind that the act of contacting your admission counselor is its own art form. There is a balance between being overbearing and being genuinely curious. Here are some tips to consider when contacting your territory manager:

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September 19, 2013

Asking for Letters of Recommendations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

          Asking a teacher to write you a letter of recommendation can be a daunting task. For one thing, most of the time, you will never actually see what they write about you, so there is a lot of trust that goes into the process. And two, they could say no, which might make you wonder if they were actually too busy, or if they just didn’t have enough nice things to say about you to fill up an entire page!

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September 12, 2013

All The Right Moves: A College Fair Game Plan

         350.That is roughly the number of college fairs we attended last year. 350 college fairs equate to hundreds of brochures and inquiry cards handed out to thousands of prospective students with countless questions. Every so often, somebody will come by and surprise us with a unique question. But for the most part, most questions will be general. Don’t worry; we don’t expect you to stress about the next question that will make you stand out from the crowd. We don’t mind hearing the same questions, as long as the questions are relevant to you. The purpose of this blog is to help you to take less of a passive role during these college fairs. Be proactive and have a plan. A foolproof game plan.

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September 6, 2013

Hey Parents! Listen Up!

9564145881_2d140619a0_b           Parents play an important role in the entire college process. Often times, parents help subsidize some, if not all, of the cost of attending a college or university, and are always there to ask those specific “parent” questions that you as students can’t be bothered with (really mom, did you need to ask the tour guide when the last meningitis outbreak was?)

          However, there are instances where parents must take a back seat and allow their sons and daughters to ask the hard questions. Here, we have a compiled a list of “dos and donts” about parenting during the college search and application process:

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September 3, 2013

Welcome Week: Commence!

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          The students are most certainly back from summer break. The parking structure is full, the Starbucks line is longer, and navigating campus without colliding with a biker has become a bit more challenging.

          The Office of Orientation puts on a fantastic “Welcome Week” program for new Trojans, which wrapped up last Wednesday with the Involvement Fair. The Involvement Fair is a great opportunity for both new and returning students to find out more about the over 700 clubs and organizations on campus. Here are some highlights:

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