University Admissions Blog
ANNOUNCEMENTS & ADVICE
You made it! All your hard work over the past four years has paid off and you're headed to college in the fall!
First of all, congratulations! Preparing for and applying to college is no easy feat, and you deserve some much-deserved celebration and relaxation.
But before you completely shirk any and all responsibilities, don't forget about the following...
1) Respectfully decline other school offers
It seems like a pain after all the blood, sweat, and tears you've invested in this process, but the schools that accepted you need to know you won't be attending. There are other students out there dying to get off a waitlist, and schools need accurate student numbers before they make new offers.
2) Complete ALL PAPERWORK sent your way
There's a lot of paperwork associated with starting school. You need to make sure it is all filled out before you arrive on campus. You are going to be overwhelmed with orientation, signing up for classes, setting up your dorm room, etc. In all that exciting hustle-and-bustle, you won't want to stop to get an immunization or complete a health certificate.
If you are worried about missing some of these important details, be sure you're signed up with your institution's online portal. And you might consider finding them on social media as well.
3) Brace yourself for orientation
Yes, you will probably get stuck in a cheesy icebreaker game or cringe-worthy team building activity. That's okay. This is your opportunity to meet new friends, get to know your campus, and sign up for late-morning classes. Enjoy your orientation because it's the beginning of your next chapter, and you'll look back at it wistfully in years to come.
4) Set yourself up for success
You're finally free and independent! You've probably been dreaming of this day since you were thirteen years old! But with independence comes responsibility. Many (and I do mean many) students struggle to acclimate appropriately to campus life. Start off on the right foot by establishing goals and expectations for yourself, knowing the resources available to you, and practicing self-discipline.
That's all I have for you, high school grads! Do enjoy your last summer with your old friends and family, but also get ready for the many amazing things to come.