Part One: So you got accepted
I got accepted to NC State University on December 7th, 2014. I was so ecstatic that I accepted their offer right away and didn't even consider other schools. NCSU was my dream school, and it was an honor just to be accepted into the school. Of course, once I accepted, I realized I didn't know what to do next, and honestly, it was a little scary. Over the next few weeks I'm going to start a new series that I hope you enjoy. I call it "What am I supposed to do now?" Part one is below:
1) Pay Attention
Over the next few months between January and May, I got several emails and letters from NC State giving me information about next steps and how to submit my health forms to the University. DO NOT DISREGARD THESE LETTERS. They honestly contain the most important information that you will ever need before you graduate. For instance, I bet you didn't know that all health forms should be submitted to the University within thirty days of your acceptance decision? If you did, good for you! If you didn't...you probably should submit those forms ASAP.
2) Submit ALL of your forms
Please. Do. This. If you don't do anything else before you graduate high school, at least submit all of your forms. This includes, but is not limited to: Health Forms, Financial Aid Forms, and Scholarship Forms. Literally any form they tell you that they need, do it ASAP. It matters. Some of those forms are the ones that will allow you to STAY at your University. Trust me. If you don't submit them on time it will be really hard to get anything done.
3) Apply for Scholarships
All of them. Now. Do it. Even if you don't know if you qualify, apply anyway, you honestly never know if you'll get it or not. Scholarships are a great, nontaxable, way to pay for your education. I applied to almost fifteen different scholarships, most of them I didn't even know where actually scholarships. Google searches and Pinterest are your friends people.
4) Focus on your School Work
Seriously. Do your work and keep your grades up! It's important to make sure your grades are as good as they were -if not better- than they were when you first got accepted into your University. If you got straight A's before, make sure to keep that standard up for those last few months because at the end of the year when it comes time for you to send in your final transcripts, that D+ could cost you your acceptance.
That's it for part one! Check back soon for Part Two!