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College Acceptance

By Luke Hansen

So you’ve received your letter from your dream college. You open it and it says that you’ve been accepted. For your whole life you’ve dreamed of attending this college. Your dad went there and every weekend you watch the football games with him. You tell all your friends and can’t believe that you’re going to college. You made it. After this initial adrenaline rush , you realize you have no idea what you’re doing. You’ve been accepted into college and don’t know what to do next. Don’t worry, the Current OC is here to help.

The first step to do once you’ve been accepted is to wait. Although you may have been accepted into your top option it is still wise to be patient. Wait for all of the colleges to send their acceptances and financial aid plans. Even if you are absolutely certain that you want to attend one specific school the financial aid packages may change your decision.

Also, be sure to research the culture of the school and the feeling of the campus. One of the best ways to do that is to try and visit the campus by yourself. When you go to the college you won’t be with your parents so it’s a good idea to get the sense of the school by yourself. While you’re on campus, try and talk to current students. This will give you a good understanding of the culture of a school.

The deadline for most colleges to respond to their acceptance letters is May 1st so you have plenty of time to do your research.

Once you’ve weighed your options and made your choice and have sent back your acceptance letter to the school it is important to contact the colleges you will not be attending. Although this may not seem to be necessary, by letting these schools know your decision, it allows that college to offer your spot or financial aid to someone on their waiting list.

Since most colleges require freshmen to stay on campus, it’s going to be important to find a roommate. Most universities have ways to meet potential roommates online by filling out a questionnaire. Once you think you have found a roommate meet them in person before school starts. You want to be sure you’ll be okay living with them.

Now that you are set on what college you will be attending, it is tempting to stop trying in high school. After all, you’ve worked for years and now you’ve finally reached the goal. However, it’s not as simple as you may think. Many schools ask for transcripts at the end of the semester so that bad grade could come back to haunt you. Also, these poor efforts could jeopardize your chance at scholarships.

Congratulations on getting accepted into college. You’ve spent years working for this and now you are about to make one of the most important decisions in your life. Take your time and think everything through. Good luck and be confident in your choice.

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