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The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing decisions that are final 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 see 47,000 applications and we wish 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 straight back the curtain a little and explain to you why it takes us many months to finish this process… Since USC uses an approach that is holistic the admission process, we’re committed to reading and re-reading every piece associated with the application. You know those answer that is short you responded to? We read those. That task summary you completed? Yup, every activity is read by us, 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 procedure takes time and 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 device on the outside—and it is—but it just runs as smoothly as it does through the usage of multiple checks and balances through the entire process. We contact pupils when a piece is being missed by us of the applying and when we need additional information such as for instance mid-year grades. We check with the academic departments throughout USC and consider their views on applicants and pay attention to their recommendations. Most of all, we rely on one another to simply help us see applicants in a way that is different detect something we didn’t initially see. It is an incredibly collaborative process and it takes time. At the conclusion of the day, that is a hard process for our office, aswell. You can find many applicants that are qualified we don’t have room for each year. It’s never easy making these tough decisions, but I find comfort knowing that our applicants has many amazing college options the following year regardless. I think We talk on behalf of our office that is entire when say we are pretty excited to finally find a way to shout out to the world, here is the amazing USC Class of 2017! And in just a couple weeks that are short we—and numerous of you—will be able to do exactly that. Grades, Guidance, and Goliath: Confessions of a Director Dad The article below is from our very own Director of Admission, Kirk Brennan. He shares with us the struggles of being a parent of a prospective scholar also having a leadership role in advanced schooling. Understandably, juggling these two functions is extremely delicate. Thank you, Kirk, for sharing your understanding of what our parents go through with this stressful time!   This Monday that is coming will the eighteenth anniversary associated with day my wife (who you may remember) delivered our very 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 view my work: through the eyes, and through the house of a prospective pupil. I had numerous disillusioning observations this year. I saw that tours of different schools seem the same, that college marketing materials look alike and even say the extremely same things, and what sort of few marketing organizations vendors seem to drive this process for many 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 specially disheartened when my own student, after feeling proud to receive a mass-mailer from a college, quit reading any one of them only days later, and even felt anger as she sifted through them. At USC as well as in the admission career in general, we strive to be helpful, many days I’m unsure how much we’re helping ( and I welcome your suggestions at admdir@usc.edu). Exactly What strikes me more than any such thing is the psychological roller coaster of the year that is senior. We ended up being saddened to watch mundane events of life magnified to become critical pieces of a puzzle that result in college; a grade regarding the quiz that is tiniest prompts a crisis, or a choice to flake out one afternoon is seen as a potential deal breaker for college admission, therefore career, then lifetime delight. Then there’s the list; therefore colleges that are many consider, will she love these schools, did she miss a much better fit, and will she also get in at all? Then filling in the applications, especially the anxiety behind responding to the least questions that are important the application form (we discussed ‘What’s my counselor’s job title?’). The relief that is temporary of them was soon replaced by confusion on the lack of communication as colleges read. Now the decisions are developing the grand finale with this ride — one day she gets in and feels great excitement for her future, another she actually is refused and feels worthless, as if judged harshly by strangers. Learning and growing could be hard, and turns that are many life will be unpredictable, but undoubtedly I can not be the only one ready because of this ride to end. Through the ground i’ve watched this roller coaster several times, and such trips tend to end up in the same way — 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 won’t assist; normal reactions, if utterly irrational. We nevertheless love rollercoasters (Goliath is my favorite), and I think We shall love this particular ride. I’ve grown nearer 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 remains in this phase of our family life, although we avoid the question of how many more meals we shall share together. There are numerous hugs, tears, pats on the rear, 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, anyway: my youngest is counting about it.

The Waiting Game. The countdown to mailing decisions that are final 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 see 47,000 applications and we wish to give...