15 signs you know you chose the right school

15 signs you know you chose the right school

15. It just somehow feels right.

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After my first year at USC, I can honestly say that I made the right choice in sending my admission* deposit May 1st. This is especially because USC was one of those schools that I almost didn't apply to. Even though it was one of my dream schools, I was almost positive I wouldn't get accepted-- so pretty much me leading to sending in my application the night before… I happy to say though, not only was a pleasantly surprised when I got my acceptance letter, but I chose to attend USC (obviously)!

If you read one of my past articles, I mentioned how I am still in slight disbelief and am a bit anxious in terms of attending this school. A Lot of people go through this. There are countless articles on reasons you should transfer to another college or how your current college is not the right fit for you. Like yes, this is another aspect that a lot of students go through, but let's also focus on validating students who feel self-conscious in terms of what got them into their said school.

So if you're feeling anxious that you're not good enough for your attending university, focus on the reasons why you fit into this school. Listen, you got accepted, you made it past the hard part. If the admission advisors singled you out as a individual they want at there school, there must be a reason for that.

If you're still feeling unsure, here are 15 signs that you current school is the right fit for you.

1. You don't know how you got in

Even though you don't know how you got in, the admission advisors most certainly do. Don't fret this though, simply be in amazement that you got into such a great school.

2. The people that you meet are ones that you would have never have met anywhere else

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These people come from all over the country, even from different regions of the world, each of them with such unique backgrounds, thoughts and ideas. How crazy is it that you can just meet someone you probably would never have met anywhere else!

3. You’ve instantly found the perfect extracurriculars

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And they're not just extracurriculars for your resume. You actually enjoy spending weekends or after class hours going to these extracurriculars

4. You miss it during the summer

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Although you're having a great time sleeping in and not having to wake up to 8 am classes… you still kind of miss not only the friends you made, but also just being a student at your college.

5. You wear school gear

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Literally, even if it's just a lanyard or mug. Even if you got it for free, you're still filled with a sort of pride using it.

6. You have the perfect major/potential major

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From the beginning, even if you weren't sure what you wanted to major in, you still had so many options. In my experience, I came in as a pre-law student, changed to a pre-med with a human bio emphasis, to adding a major of art history to now possibly going into journalism (I know, I am very indecisive). No matter how many times you changed your major, you're positive your school has the right program for you.

7. It’s the perfect climate for you

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No more dreading certain months of the year due to undesired weather. For me (someone who loves the sun and warm weather), Los Angeles weather is perfect.

8. Your financial burden isn’t too bad

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One of the key factors in deciding which college you attend. If you're comfortable (or more like, your parents are comfortable) with the amount, then yes it is a good fit! A good tip for those still deciding whether an out-of-state college is worth it-- if you're roughly going to pay the same tuition as your in-state college, then go for it. The out-of-state college experience is worth it and something you won't regret.

9. Your campus is aesthetically pleasing

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Most spots on campus are Instagram-worthy? Then yes, instant checkmark on whether this school is right for you. (Yes and the background on that GIF is USC)

10. You’re academically challenged

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You should be feeling that college is harder than high school. If not, then what was the point of all those AP/Honors/IB classes?

11. You’re comfortable in the classroom setting

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But don't feel like you have to be overly challenged with the academic setting to the point where you have a mental breakdown or end up getting subpar grades. Be challenged, but be comfortable in your classroom setting-- work it out with your professor, advisors, etc. You're at this university to succeed and that's the only thing that anyone wants.

12. You can go on-and-on about your college

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To which your friends and family probably get tired of. From ranting about professors to gossiping about the recently resigned school official or even bragging about your school, you somehow find a way to make the conversation about your university.

13. You make a list of plans of what to do on the weekend (when you not it’s not midterm/final season)

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Besides finals/midterm season, you're never bored at your school. There is always something to do-- from exploring the neighboring city/town to activities held at your college, there is never a boring day.

14. You’re constantly recommending people to transfer/apply to your university

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Literally, you think anyone would like your school (because honestly who wouldn't?) to the point that you constantly want to recommend everyone to apply.

15. It just somehow feels right.

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There's just that feeling that you can't explain, but you know that you belong at this college. Maybe it took a couple of months, or a whole year, but you honestly can't imagine yourself anywhere else.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Dear FSU Students, 'Gift Of Life' Needs You To Help Save Lives

Learn how a simple cheek swab can save a life.

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Did you know that it takes only five minutes to potentially save a life? Gift of Life (GOL) is an amazing organization that genetically matches potential stem cell and marrow donors to those suffering from blood cancer (leukemia) to help give them a second chance at life.

Gift of Life was first started in 1991 in Boca Raton, FL by Jay Feinberg. Feinberg was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. When he found that none of the registered donors were viable for the transplant, Feinberg and his family took the initiative to hold drives all over the world in search of his match. In the process, hundreds of other patients found viable matches and Feinberg, at his very last drive, found his match too. From Feinberg's drives over 4 years, 60,000 potential donors were tested and added to the registry. That is 60,000 more possibilities for a second chance after the diagnosis of leukemia.

You may be wondering how can you possibly become a potential donor in roughly five minutes? At one of GOL's drives, you can start your registration by downloading the SwabApp on your phone to gather some simple information, like how to reach you are found to be a match. Then you are on to the real life-saving part: cheek swabbing! You will be given a small envelope with four swabs enclosed. All you need to do is swab the upper and lower quadrants of your cheeks in a circular motion for 10 seconds each. Then you enclose the swabs and return it to one of the volunteers working the drive. You have just completed the first step in joining the registry and potentially saving a life!

If you become a donor (which is in itself quite rare), there are two procedures that you could voluntarily undergo. The procedures are either a donation of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells. Donating peripheral blood stem cells could be likened to donating platelets while donating bone marrow consists of extracting it from the hip bone. Even though the bone marrow extraction is a surgical procedure, it is outpatient and poses no risk or extended recovery time for the donor. Both procedures are also entirely voluntary. If at any point during the process you do not wish to continue, you are free to be removed from the registry or to decline to be a donor.

Gift of Life has expanded in many communities over the years, but one of the biggest and most influential groups are colleges and universities. Our FSU chapter has made incredible progress in getting thousands of swabbed and tested despite being a small club. We hold regular drives at popular campus spots as well as social and charitable events. I myself am a member of GOL, and I urge every student to get swabbed, join the cause, and save a life.

To get involved, email our wonderful President, Jen Magi, at jm16r@my.fsu.edu.

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