Monday, March 25, 2013

College Decision

On Friday night, I finally made the decision of where I'm going to college: North Carolina State University. Even though they had accepted me in December, I'd been waiting to hear back from UNC before making a decision.

But let me back up a bit.

If you really want to know the brief scope of my frustrating college experience thus far, here it is (if not, skip to the end).

I turned all my college applications in at the earliest deadline so that I would hopefully know where I was going by the end of January. I paid close attention to everything that needed to be sent in so that there was little chance of my application getting deferred. I heard back from everywhere except UNC by the end of December. At the end of January, UNC sent me an email saying they were deferring me to regular decision (the end of March) because I hadn't sent in my midyear grades. Now, I had actually turned in my grades. The community college I've been attending this year sent the UNC admissions office an official transcript. Apparently, what UNC actually wanted was an electronic copy, and they didn't accept paper copies through the mail. Obviously I was frustrated at this because I had never seen anything anywhere saying that this was the only way to turn in grades, but there was nothing I could do but wait until the end of March.

Skip forward to last week. The end of March was fast approaching and I was getting more and more nervous as the deadline came closer. I had a roommate picked out if I went to UNC, half of my friends were attending there, I loved the campus, it had a really good program for the major I'm currently considering - everything about it seemed perfect. And then on Friday night, I received an email from UNC, not accepting me to their school, but instead putting me on the waiting list. I was a little upset that I wouldn't be attending my top choice school, but I had been mentally preparing myself for a letdown since the end of January.

Now after spending a few days thinking over my decision, I'm content with it. I feel more at peace with the idea of going to NC State rather than UNC for several reasons. First of all, NC State accepted me right from the start, even before they saw my midyear grades. Secondly, they invited me into their honors program, which shows that they were impressed with my grades (rather than UNC, who obviously wasn't). And thirdly, I've felt more welcomed by them. Ever since I was admitted, they've sent me countless emails about wanting me to enroll there and different dorms I can stay in and different programs I might be interested in. I felt like they really wanted me at their school, which is not something I really felt from UNC.

I'm still a little upset that I wasn't outright accepted to UNC, but NC State is still a good school and I think I'll be happier once I better wrap my mind around the reality of going there. I'm also glad that I enrolled in the First Year College program, which is where people who don't know what they want to do go, instead of going straight into a major. I have a basic idea of what major I want, but it will be nice being able to explore all my options in a setting specifically designed to weed out the unwanted courses. Once I've spent a year at State and have a better grasp on what I field of study I want to go into, I can decide if I want to remain at State or if I want to transfer over to UNC and continue my studies there. Either way, I know God has a plan for me being at State and I won't know what it is if I'm just sitting here feeling sorry for myself.

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