8 Things You Need To Know Before Coming To NC State

8 Things You Need To Know Before Coming To NC State

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Decision Day for high school seniors going to college is right around the corner. Admissions letters have been sent out. The Class of 2020 is getting ready to enter the next chapter in their lives and make their way to college next August. Of the millions of students in the United States who will be entering college in 2016, only a small portion will be lucky enough to call North Carolina State University home for the next for years. If you’re one of those lucky few, here are a few things you need to know before getting here:

1. We have an insane amount of school pride—and our fair share of rivalry.

Like a lot of big, southern schools, NC State is filled to the brim with school pride. You can’t walk anywhere on campus without seeing students and alumni alike decked out in State gear. Red and white will take over your closet long before you take your first exam. It’ll become second nature to throw your wolf sign up in group pictures. Once you’re here, you’re part of the Pack—and that’s one of the coolest feelings I’ve ever had.

2. There’s always a party, game, or event going on.

It’s pretty much impossible to be bored on State’s campus. With 34,000 undergrads, there’s always something to do. Every game day is a holiday. Tailgating starts before the sun comes up, parties can happen any day of the week and at any time of day (they’re called “darties” if they happen during the day, by the way), and between all the clubs and organizations on campus, everyone has a place they belong. Greek Life is a huge part of campus life, but don’t worry if you don’t want to be a frat bro or sorority girl; concerts, dances, shows, movies, and festivals are commonplace here at State.

3. But we take our work seriously.

We sure know how to party, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get our work done, too. Our school motto is “Think and Do,” and that’s not just a catchy little phrase we like to toss around. NC State is internationally known for our STEM majors, business program, and design school. All of that success only comes through hard work and a lot of cooperation between our dedicated students and world-renowned faculty. I can’t say the classes are easy here, but let’s be real—if you wanted easy, you should have just gone to Chapel Hill.

4. We have some of the nicest, most modern facilities in the world.

State is a land-grant university, but we’ve transcended our simple, humble beginnings. Our Centennial Campus takes State’s traditional and classic feel, and catapults it into the future. Our main library, the James B. Hunt Library, has been recognized as one of the finest libraries among universities by Business Insider. Architects from all over come all the way to little ole’ Raleigh just to see State’s library; the students can hop on the Wolfline bus system and go there as often as they want. We can use the BookBot to look at over two million books and publications, spend time in any of the many designated studying areas, make something awesome in the Makerspace or production rooms, or just sit back in one of the hundreds of chairs and enjoy it all.

5. But we don’t forget about our roots, either.

While we’re always looking forward and trying to better ourselves, we also keep our traditions and values in mind, even down to the way our campus looks. The vast majority of the University is constructed with red brick. Rumor has it that students steal a brick from campus before they graduate as a keepsake (but you didn’t hear that from me). We’re very proud of our history and traditions. When you get here, you’ll get a booklet, aptly named “The Brick,” that lists all of the traditions that happen here every year. If you complete 40 of those traditions, you receive a medal to wear at graduation for helping to keep the traditions alive.

6. The entire city is our campus.

Another cool thing about State is that we’re located in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. If you’re looking to get off campus for a little bit, the city is a quick walk, Uber, or bus ride away. There are tons of restaurants, clubs, event spaces, concerts, and music. Being right in the city also comes in handy around graduation, because all of the Raleigh-based businesses are just a few blocks away, awaiting your application.

7. Be prepared to meet new people.

With a school so big, you’re going to meet a ton of new people. We have a decent number of international and out of state students (like me). Plus, North Carolina is a big state, so even the in-staters meet people they wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to meet. All these people come with their own thoughts, customs, backgrounds, and stories. You’ll have a whole four years to hear those stories and get to know those people.

8. Be prepared to come to the best university in the world.

So if you’re not excited at this point, now’s the time to start getting hype. By picking NC State, you’ve picked to join the rest of the Pack at the best university there ever is. Sure, I’m a little biased, but how could you blame me when I get to go to school at a place this awesome?

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.

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As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve

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My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes

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Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life

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It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise

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My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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