Question: Have you seen that movie, Admission with Tina Fey? Is the job really like that?
Yes, I’ve seen that movie. In fact, I viewed it on a Virgin America flight a years that are few on my option to NYC for one of my recruitment trips (How meta is that?) Tina Fey plays an admission counselor from an extremely selective university, and there’s a scene of her doing senior school visits that made me giggle a little too hard in my aisle seat (ok, fine…it was a middle chair). Tina does vocal that is several and psychs herself up before reciting the same exact presentation about her college several times a time. This week begins my recruitment trip that is first of period in New York City, and I’ll be visiting four to five high schools a day to talk about the USC experience. Our applicant pool is large and diverse and my candidates’ understanding of USC and the college admission process will vary dramatically. Following are of this places where you will discover me fulfilling students this autumn in ny!
1) Visiting High Schools
As you’re completing your Calculus test or operating from Drama or MUN, i am probably beneath the city on the subway traveling to one of my numerous school that is high in NYC. Typically, here is the very way that is best to move the city, but I ended up being once stuck underground for over three hours. If I don’t appear for my visit at your college I’m probably friends that are making the subway rats while awaiting assistance. Today I went along to five schools that are high the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which sounds like a lot, nevertheless when the schools are all several blocks from each other it’s really perhaps not that bad. Unlike my colleagues who recruit in almost any other city, I would not have a rental car in nyc. Can be beautiful in New York, but today it was 90 degrees, humid, and eventually ended in thunderstorms september. If just I possibly could have been in a fresh air conditioned Toyota Yaris as opposed to lugging my USC brochures in my suit down Park Avenue in the pouring rain. Sounds glamorous, does it not?? All the schools I went to today have really small senior classes, so if 10 students appear, that is a great turnout. Everyone really came prepared having done some research that is preliminary USC, that I appreciate more than anything. I would say the top question that I ended up being asked at every school today was whether USC students can double major. To be able to speak about the Renaissance Scholars program, which encourages students to get a second major or a minor in a completely different division from their primary major actually shows our dedication to interdisciplinary studies. I finished my 5th high college visit around 2pm, grabbed a bagel with tofu cream cheese, and stumbled on the downtown 4 train back to the Courtyard Marriott. Time to sleep up and get it done all again tomorrow!
2) Discover USC Off-Campus Reception
I make it to about 60 schools that are high the five boroughs of NYC to meet pupils (yes, even Staten Island!), but I positively can’t check out every school. Because of this, our office hosts off-campus receptions to ensure that we can bring the exact same information that is on-campus to your home turf. These activities are free and even though we’d like you to register beforehand, you can easily show up too. Every person is welcome! In NYC, our event was last weekend in Times Square and it had been huge! I arrived to the hotel a hours that are few the event to simply help set up, but as soon as families started arriving I was chatting non-stop. For the presentation, I spoke in regards to the admission process in front of roughly 500 guests, but strangely I didn’t really get nervous. Remember, I’m speaking about USC four times a time for the fall that is entire it’s like 2nd nature to me personally at this time. Afterwards, students and families had the opportunity to get more detailed information about the major of their option in a smaller break out session therefore it really is a group effort at the reception. In NY, there are always plenty of students interested inside our arts that are conservatory-style therefore I’m constantly pointing them toward my admission peers who work within the schools of Dramatic Arts, Cinematic Arts, and Dance. I’m also always ready to activate in a Hamilton putting that is sing-a-long…just out there to all my other Theater kids.
3) Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
We also get to collaborate with a few college that is incredible organizations that help many underrepresented and first-generation college students find out more about applying to college. The idea of flying across the country to attend a large private university can sound daunting for students who are from NYC and the first in their family to attend college. We have not met with any CBOs yet this autumn, but this past spring, a CBO invited me to lay on a panel alongside other admission counselors, also it had been really interesting to be controlled by other universities mention their school. The students trickled in after a day that is full their different high schools, some commuting over an hour just to hear the advice from me and my admission colleagues. We discussed our fun campus traditions, general education programs, and application advice before having the chance to meet independently with the students during a mini-college fair. I love having the chance to meet up with pupils who might not have thought in the future to my high school visit or the Discover USC reception, but who’re excited about the theory of going to college in the united states. Before I left, I told all the pupils that now they need to begin persuading their parents that this is a great idea too. This is normally one of many hardest areas of the admission procedure.
I’ve a few months of recruitment kept and I also look forward to everyone that is meeting NYC this fall! I recently hope that I make Tina Fey proud.