The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing last choices

The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing last choices

The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing last choices is on and I’m sure all our first-year applicants are wondering… what’s taking so long?! It takes a whole lot of manpower and hours to read 47,000 applications and we desire to give every application a fair review in order to create the amazing, well-rounded, diverse, and successful Class of 2017. Let me pull straight back the curtain a bit and show you why it will take us months that are many finish this process…

Since USC uses a holistic method of the admission procedure, we have been committed to reading and re-reading every piece of this application. You know those short respond to questions you responded to? We read those. That task summary you completed? Yup, we read every activity, company, and experience you listed on there. I want to get to know you- your interests, your perspective, and most of all, hear your voice come through when I read an application. This procedure takes some time thought you are as a student and a person as we try to understand how your academic performance, test scores, writing, involvements, and recommendations come together to paint a fuller picture of who.

The admission office might appear want it runs like a well-oiled machine on the outside—and it is—but it only runs since smoothly as it does through the application of multiple checks and balances through the entire process. We contact students when a piece is being missed by us of the application and whenever we need more information such as for instance mid-year grades. We check with the academic departments throughout USC and consider their shmoop.pro views on candidates and pay attention to their recommendations. First and foremost, we rely on a single another to help us see applicants in a way that is different recognise something we didn’t initially see. It’s an incredibly collaborative process and it will take time.

By the end of the day, this really is an arduous process for the office, too. There are many qualified applicants that we do not have room for each year. It’s never easy making these tough decisions, but I find comfort comprehending that our applicants will have many amazing college options the following year irrespective.

I think I speak on behalf of our office that is entire when say we are pretty excited to finally be able to shout out towards the world, listed here is the incredible USC Class of 2017! As well as in merely a couple weeks that are short we—and many of you—will find a way to do just that.

Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of a Director Dad

The blog post below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles to be a moms and dad of a college that is prospective in addition to having a leadership role in degree. Understandably, juggling these two functions is very delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your understanding of what our parents proceed through in this time that is stressful!

 

This coming Monday will mark the eighteenth anniversary regarding the time my wife (whom you may remember) delivered our first youngster. This particular year — the one in which that child is applying to college — feels like my first day on the job though i have worked in admission for 22 years. Just what a strange way to look at my job: through the eyes, and through the home of a student that is prospective.

I had many disillusioning observations this year. I saw that tours of very different schools seem the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the very same things, and what sort of small number of marketing companies vendors seem to drive this procedure for several schools. I saw that a deal that is great of student’s impression of my university is perhaps not controllable, and We was particularly disheartened when my very own student, after feeling proud to get a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading some of them only days later on, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC and in the admission career in general, we strive to be helpful, many times I’m uncertain how much we’re helping ( and I welcome your suggestions at admdir@usc.edu).

What strikes me more than any such thing could be the emotional roller coaster of the senior year. We was saddened to look at mundane events of life magnified to become critical pieces of a puzzle that cause college; a grade on the tiniest quiz prompts a crisis, or a choice to flake out one afternoon sometimes appears as a potential deal breaker for university admission, therefore career, then life time joy. Then there is record; therefore colleges that are many consider, will she love these schools, did she miss a much better fit, and that can she even get in at all? Then filling in the applications, especially the anxiety behind responding to the least questions that are important the applying (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s work title?’). The temporary relief of finishing them was soon replaced by confusion over the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are being released the grand finale of this ride — one day she gets in and seems excitement that is great her future, another she is turned down and seems worthless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing may be difficult, and turns that are many life will be unpredictable, but clearly I cannot be the only real one ready with this ride to end.

From the ground i’ve watched this roller coaster many times, and such rides tend to end up in the way that is same; with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders nevertheless scream, even feel real terror going down the hill as in the event that safety pubs will not help; normal reactions, if utterly irrational. We still love rollercoasters (Goliath is my favorite), and I also think We will love this particular ride. I’ve grown closer to my daughter, and now we have all grown closer as a family. I have seen my younger daughter console her older sister. We all cherish the time that continues to be in this phase of our family life, although we avoid the concern of how a lot more meals we are going to share together. You will find numerous hugs, tears, pats on the rear, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain, yet great hope for the long term. I look forward to this ride finishing, but I imagine when it ends, just like Goliath, I will be excited to get back in line to ride again today. I sure hope so, anyhow: my youngest is counting onto it.

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