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May 13, 2014

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello (Hello, Hello)

photo     After a year and a half of (virtually) working with you, our followers, I find it bittersweet to say that this is my last blog post. Today is my last day at USC. Sharing my voice through the blog has been such a fun learning experience. I was able to discover a passion for web development and user design/experience, and I am excited to say that I will be moving on to continue working in that field!
     I am forever grateful for the time I’ve spent at USC and I can’t say enough about my personal and professional development while I’ve been here. The people who work here are GREAT at what they do; you are all in good hands. It is particularly inspiring to work every day alongside colleagues who truly care about this work. They are colleagues, but I am honored to also call them friends.
     Finally, it wouldn’t be a blog post without my usual list. Below are the top 3 things I learned throughout my two and a half years at USC.

Don’t Stop Learning
     For all of you who are about to begin college, the next four years will likely be the last time in your life that your job is to learn. Learning is what you will be doing 24/7. Carry this spirit of learning with you after you have graduated and approach every day knowing that there is always more to learn.

Free Food Is Awesome
     In reality, this is budget advice. I’ve found that I spend the most money on food every month so I always take advantage of free food. I made the mistake of taking too long to figure out how to track my money. Like John Maxwell said, “Tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.”

Diversity Rules
     I love my workplace for many reasons; one of them is because of the various backgrounds of my colleagues. There’s a running joke in the office that we sometimes look like a United Colors of Benetton ad because of how diverse we are (and we dress ON POINT). But in all seriousness, being around my colleagues has caused me to learn more about other peoples’ experiences and perspectives. Learn to appreciate the benefits of diversity. You will be a better leader, community member, employee, employer, and human being.

     Well, that’s it for me. To my students from Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Davis and the state of Washington, I will miss you dearly during travel season. It’s truly been a pleasure serving all of you and in the words of Ron Burgundy, “Stay classy and thanks for stopping by.”

     I now hand you off to your new blogger and my colleague, the hostest with the mostest, Sam Schreiber.

     Hey Everyone!My name is Sam and I am so excited to be joining the USC Admission Blog! I’ve been working in the office for almost four years now and have worked with Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the central coast of California since I started. I’m from SoCal and attended Calabasas High School before going to Nashville, TN for college. At Vanderbilt, I double majored in Spanish and psychology and then came back to LA and did a masters in social work here at USC.

     I was really involved in the admission office at Vandy (that’s what the cool kids call it, I promise), and dabbled in graduate school as well, so pursuing college admissions as a career was always on my mind. In addition to being able to contribute to higher education with a great group of colleagues, I love working with prospective and current students. My theory is I stopped growing up at around age 16, but it is also possible kids these days are just super cool.

     I hope to bring an honest and authentic perspective to the admission blog and help people see that your admission counselors really are just like you, whoever you are. I have no doubt that whatever topics I cover there will be personal anecdotes thrown in there (and probably cat pictures) but also hope to provide insight into what is a very human process. Thanks for reading!

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