Ever wonder what it’s like to be an admissions counselor? Their job is to guide students through every step of the application process and provide the link between students and a university. Not an easy job at SDSU, one of the most sought-after universities in the country.
This week I sat down with SDSU admissions counselors Azizi James and Malerie McNeill to get their perspective on this busy time of year.
Q: What is your number one goal in interacting with prospective students?
AJ: To make sure they are informed about the application process, so that they can successfully apply to SDSU.
MM: To make a connection and have SDSU stand out in their mind as a top choice institution.
Q: What do you do to reach students?
MM: Listen to them. Each student has a different path they want to take to reach their goals. We have so many amazing programs at SDSU, and I know that they will find what they need to succeed … they just need to know it is here.
Q: How do you think students benefit from personal contact with you or other admissions counselors?
AJ: I think they see that there is an actual person interested in them, and that allows them to develop a relationship with a real person. Students and high school counselors seem to be more comfortable talking to me in person, and in turn it makes them feel comfortable calling or e-mailing me if they have questions.
Q: What is one thing students should be doing during the application process, but aren’t?
MM: Making sure that they visit the campus. Many students tell me that when they come to campus, they can tell at first step that SDSU is the place for them.
Q: Why should SDSU be a student’s number one choice?
AJ: Because it is a beautiful campus in the best city in America, and they have an opportunity to get a high quality education for a very reasonable price!
MM: As an SDSU alum, I feel that at SDSU you can become a name and not just a number. It became my home.
For details on the SDSU admissions process, please visit the Admissions Web site. Fall 2010 applications are due by 11:59 PST on Monday, November 30, 2009.
~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, SDSU Enrollment Services