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October 17, 2013

Table For One

2013-09-27 14.02.35“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

         Currently, I am writing this blog sitting inside a Peet’s Coffee in Northern California. Table for one, headphones in ears, answering emails and logging down notes about my high school visits from earlier today. For the next week and a half, I will be living in hotel rooms and having meals by myself. Usually, there is time to explore the cities I visit so that’s nice. But most of the time, the road can be tiring so I spend most of my time resting as much as possible. It’s very easy to get sick on the road!
         For about two months of the year, thousands of admission representatives all over the country live this lifestyle. From the outside perspective, it seems very glamorous. In many ways, it is a very fun job. It is truly rewarding to be able to help students in one of the most transitional phases in their lives. It’s also nice being able to be out of the office. However, this part of the job can be isolating as well. It makes me appreciate my friends, family and wife back at home even more.
         Still, our mission is what is on the forefront. USC visits over 2,000 schools per year; we visit the most high schools out of any university in the country. We are out here in search of students that will make up the next incoming class of freshmen at USC. It is our goal to put together an exceptionally diverse class every year so we want to meet all types of students. I am honored to do my small part in this process. It brings me a sense of fulfillment to work for a university that aligns with my own vision for education.
         So seek us out. Ask questions. Get to know us. We care about what we do and all we want is for you to be happy with your choice. It’s a big life decision so it’s important to be well informed. If we seem like we are in a hurry in between visits, it’s probably because we are. But we will always make you feel welcome to contact us at a different time, via email or phone. We believe what we do matters. We love it. Even if it means sitting through one lonely meal at a time ☺

         By the way, in case you’re curious, the USC Admission office has posted pictures of our adventures on the road. They are all on our Instagram account, @USCADMISSION. Follow us. Say hi. Maybe even make recommendations if we are in your city!

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