8 Things You Need To Know Before Coming To NC State

8 Things You Need To Know Before Coming To NC State

Welcome to the Wolfpack!

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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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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