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October 10, 2016

Top 5 Things Admission Counselors Do On The Road


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…

  1. Interviews and Receptions and High School visits

Check your high school’s hallways for our visit posters.  If we are coming to your school over the next couple of weeks you should see our poster outside your counseling office.  We will also be doing Discover USC presentations on campus and throughout the United States and abroad.

  1. Hoarding Pens

If there is one thing you should bring with you a high school visit, it’s a pen.  We will give you something to write on, but we don’t give you something to write with.  We give some pretty useful information at these visits, so it’s generally helpful to jot down a few notes.  Last week I visited schools in southern Virginia.  I think I started the week with about ten extra pens and ended with two.

  1. Answering questions

We spend a lot of time answering questions while we travel (and really throughout the year.)  But, when we are on the road, this is our central mission.  We try to answer all of the question you have while we are in your area.  SO, the best piece of advice I can give you is ASK YOUR QUESTIONS.  It’s also easier to answer questions when we are standing in front of you then to email us later.

  1. Sitting in my car

I sit in my car…a lot…  Sometimes it feels like I spend more time in my car than I do in the actual high school.  Often I’ll check Facebook (I’m old) or Snapchat, and make some funny updates with the new filters (lately the bunny is my favorite.)  Inevitably I end up sitting in my car longer than I should as I’m (still) listening to Hamilton and trying out my best (read worst) rap skills.  That reminds me!  Anyone filling out the Quick Takes yet?  Remember, short, sweet, and just be YOU!  This is not a trick.

  1. Eating local but drinking Starbucks

Have any good restaurant recommendations that aren’t Chipotle?  Send them our way!  We love to explore cities and learn about where you live.  Understanding where you come from, helps us understand your application.  We want to get a feel for your community and experience what you experience on a daily basis. I tried an amazing Greek place last week that was in a totally random location…thanks Yelp!