The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing decisions that are final on and I’m sure all our first-year applicants are wondering… what is taking so long?! It takes a great deal of manpower and hours to see 47,000 applications and we desire to give every application a review that is fair order to create the amazing, well-rounded, diverse, and successful Class of 2017. Let me pull back the curtain a bit and show you why it requires us months that are many complete this process… Since USC utilizes a holistic method of the admission procedure, our company is committed to reading and re-reading every piece of this application. You understand those answer that is short you reacted to? We read those. That task summary you filled out? Yup, we read every activity, organization, 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 process takes some time thought even as we you will need to realize exactly how your academic performance, test scores, writing, involvements, and recommendations come together to paint a fuller picture of who you really are as a pupil and a person. The admission office might seem is—but it only runs as smoothly as it does through the use of multiple checks and balances throughout the process like it runs like a well-oiled machine on the outside—and it. We contact students when we are missing a piece of the application form and when we need more information such as for instance mid-year grades. We talk to the scholastic departments throughout USC and consider their views on applicants and pay attention to their recommendations. First and foremost, we rely using one another to help us see applicants in a way that is different detect something we didn’t initially see. It is an incredibly collaborative procedure and it takes time. This is a difficult process for our office, as well at the end of the day. You can find many qualified applicants that we do not have room for every year. It’s never easy making these tough decisions, but I find convenience knowing that our applicants has many college that is amazing next year irrespective. I think I speak on behalf of our office that is entire when say we are pretty excited to finally have the ability to shout out to your globe, here’s the incredible USC Class of 2017! As well as in just a couple brief weeks, we—and numerous of you—will be able to do exactly that. Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of the Director Dad The blog post below is from our very Director that is own of, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of the prospective scholar along with having a leadership role in higher education. Understandably, juggling these two functions is very delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your insight into what our moms and dads undergo during this stressful time!   This coming Monday will mark the eighteenth anniversary associated with day my wife (whom you may remember) delivered our first child. 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. Exactly what a strange way to view my work: through the eyes, and through the home of a student that is prospective. I had numerous disillusioning observations this year. I saw that tours of completely different schools sound the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the very same things, and what sort of small number of marketing organizations vendors appear to drive this procedure for all schools. I saw that a deal that is great of student’s impression of my university is maybe not controllable, and I ended up being particularly disheartened whenever my very own student, after feeling proud to receive a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading any of them only days later, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC and in the admission profession in general, we work hard to be helpful, however some full days I’m not sure how much we’re helping ( and I also welcome your suggestions at admdir@usc.edu). Just What strikes me more than anything is the psychological roller coaster of the senior 12 months. I was saddened to watch mundane events of life magnified to be critical pieces of a puzzle that cause college; a grade on the tiniest quiz prompts a crisis, or a choice to relax one afternoon is observed as a potential deal breaker for university admission, therefore career, then life time joy. Then there’s record; so colleges that are many consider, will she love these schools, did she miss an improved fit, and will she also get in at all? Then filling out the applications, especially the anxiety behind responding to the least questions that are important the application (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s task title?’). The relief that is temporary of them was soon replaced by confusion within the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are developing the grand finale with this ride — one day she gets in and seems excitement that is great her future, another she is refused and feels useless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing are difficult, and turns that are many life will be unpredictable, but surely I can not be truly the only one ready with this ride to end. From the ground I have watched this roller coaster several times, and such trips tend to end in the way that is same; with our children enrolling in a college they love. Yet we riders still scream, also feel terror that is real down the mountain as if the safety bars will not assist; normal responses, if utterly irrational. I nevertheless love rollercoasters (Goliath is the best), and I also think I shall love this particular ride. I have grown closer to my daughter, so 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, while we avoid the question of how many more dishes we will share together. You will find numerous hugs, tears, pats on the trunk, and scoops of ice cream to soothe the pain sensation, 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 on it.

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