Post by Michelle Hunt
You’ve been admitted to NC State, now what do you do?
I thought I would be stress-free after I received my acceptance letter, however I was wrong. Trying to figure out what to do next was challenging and being an International student definitely didn’t make the process any easier.
The first and most important thing to do is accept your offer to become a part of the Wolfpack family. This will probably be the greatest decision of your life. Don’t forget that the deadline to confirm your enrollment, by paying the $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit, is May 1st. It is then suggested that you buy some NC State apparel to incorporate into your daily wardrobe (it’s okay to showoff and let people know what school you will be attending).
I recommend that applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid be your next step. By visiting the Scholarships and Financial Aid website you can contact your Financial Aid Counselor, learn how to apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid, including outside scholarships, and track the status of your Scholarship and Financial Aid application. College can be very expensive so it is important that you try and cut down the cost as much as possible.
One of the toughest decisions I had to make after accepting my offer to NC State was choosing my housing. Where would I call home for the next year of my life? Not only does NC State have twenty different Residence Halls to choose from but I never got a campus tour to see what they looked like. Talk about overwhelming. My first step in tackling this task was to read about the different halls on the University Housing Website. The website is very helpful because you can see the hall layout and get a 360 ° virtual tour of the rooms. The great thing about State is that every room comes with a fridge and a microwave, so I didn’t have to worry about purchasing those necessities. Knowing what type of setup you want to live in definitely narrows down your decision. The three options are hall, suite,and breezeway style. Hall-style is the traditional residence hall that is usually portrayed in movies; you share a bathroom that has multiple showers and toilets with all the people living on your floor. In suite-style there is only 4-5 rooms in one area and you share a bathroom with the people in those rooms. Breezeway-style is exactly how it sounds; only you and your roommate share the bathroom located in the room.
Lastly, you should reserve your space at New Student Orientation as soon as possible. At Orientation students get the opportunity to meet other newly admitted first year students and become acquainted with the campus before the semester begins in August. In addition, they learn about the resources that will prepare them for their first semester. New Student Orientation’s mission includes initiating the integration of newly admitted students into the intellectual, cultural and social climate of the University. Check out their Facebook page to see all the cool activities you will partake in.
Getting ready for college can be very scary as there are so many things that you have to do. I hope this blog will help ease your transition into NC State and I look forward to seeing you on campus next semester!
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