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All posts by: John Marfield

August 30, 2018

International Admission at USC: Off to Europe!


My name is Nathan Mack and my role at USC is to serve as one of our International Admission Officers. The big picture of what I do is ensure that the university recruits (and enrolls) amazing, bright, and best fit students from one of the world’s most dynamic regions: the United Kingdom and Europe (including Turkey). I have always been interested in international education – through studying multiple languages as a high school student, majoring in Linguistics as an undergraduate, and traveling abroad as often as I can. It’s nice to come full circle and help students pursue their international dreams – I see a little of my high school self in students I work with.

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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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September 20, 2016

A Day in the Life of an Admission Counselor: Recruiting Students in NYC

johnny_blogQuestion: Have you seen that movie, Admission with Tina Fey? Is your job really like that?

Yes, I’ve seen that movie. In fact, I watched it on a Virgin America flight a few years ago on my way to NYC for one of my recruitment trips (How meta is that?) Tina Fey plays an admission counselor from a highly selective university, and there’s a scene of her doing high school visits that made me giggle a little too hard in my aisle seat (ok, fine…it was a middle seat). Tina does several vocal warm-ups and psychs herself up before reciting the same exact presentation about her school several times a day. This week starts my first recruitment trip of the season in New York City, and I’ll be visiting four to five high schools a day to chat about the USC experience. Our applicant pool is large and diverse and my applicants’ understanding of USC and the college admission process will vary dramatically. Following are some of the places where you’ll find me meeting students this fall in the Big Apple!

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