New Place. New School. New Friends?

Who’s ready to head back to school in a few weeks?! Well, whether you’re ready or not, it’s coming up very shortly. Hopefully you’ve all had a wonderful summer and you’re going to jump into this semester with a fresh, rejuvenated, post-high school mindset.

I remember my first semester here at State like it was yesterday. I was nervous, lost, and had “freshman” written all over me! I wasn’t quite sure of what I was getting into. Coming here, I didn’t have anyone from my high school and thought I’d have a tough time making friends. If you’re in the same boat, or just a little nervous about making friends, let me be the first to tell you that it will not be as hard as you think.

One thing about State that stood out to me from the beginning was the friendly atmosphere on campus. People here are so nice and make the transition so easy and comforting! You will have plenty of opportunities to mingle with the other students and could wind up making some of the best friends you’ve ever had in just a few short weeks. I know I did! Look at it this way, there are THOUSANDS of students that go here, you’re bound to connect to someone who shares your same interests.

So, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and get super excited because you have four years of happy friendship making ahead of you!!!

Blog written by Taylor McCoy

Why Summer Courses Aren’t Terrible

Summertime is a great time to take classes. Whether it is a class that is hard for you or one of those random GEP classes that you need to get out of the way, taking summer classes saves both time and money. I just finished up a chemistry course that I took at a community college near my house. At first I was kind of bummed about taking a class during the summer (I mean who wants to do school if you don’t have to?!) but after it is all said and done I knew I had made the right decision. Chemistry isn’t one of my best subjects so being able to focus only on that one subject was very beneficial. Not only was I able to learn more, I did better in the class than I would have if I had taken it during the regular school year. I saved a lot of money by being able to live at home (that means free food!). By taking this class I also saved time, now when I get back to NC State I don’t have to worry about ever taking that chemistry class again!

A word of caution: if you decide to take a class somewhere other than NC State, make sure the credits transfer. It would be devastating if you took a class and the credits were not accepted. There is a way to look up what courses transfer from different colleges. If you go online to https://www.acs.ncsu.edu/scripts/ugadmiss/trnsfcrs.pl you can search a specific college or state and find the list of courses that transfer.

So if you’re apprehensive about taking a summer class, don’t be! As you can see the benefits out way the fact you have to do school in the summer.

Blog written by Carly Alderman

Summer Ventures

Hey there! Hope everyone is having a great summer, I know I sure am. So far this summer has been has been pretty simple for me but I just got back from a road trip. I went to Indianapolis, Indiana in order to check out graduate schools. From where I live it was a seven hour trip and about 500 miles! I had a great time exploring the city and driving through new states I had never visited before such as Kentucky, Ohio and of course Indiana. I was even able to go apartment hunting to see where I might be living soon.

NC State has been a great school for my undergraduate experience and it’s quite hard to imagine being at a different university since NC State is a second home for me. NC State is great for giving you the skills to move forward in life whether that is to a career or even a different school and beyond. I hope everyone is having a great summer! Only 25 more days ‘til move in weekend- I’m a little excited in case you can’t tell. GO WOLFPACK!

Blog written by Michelle Sorrells

Care-free, hot, sweet summer time

Whether you’re in Raleigh, somewhere else in North Carolina, out of state, or OUT OF THE COUNTRY, it’s the middle of summer and we couldn’t be happier.  With June behind us, we still have all of July to look forward to for a break from homework, tests, and exams.  While some students of the pack may be taking advantage of summer by taking summer classes, others are taking advantage in different many ways.  Studying abroad, Co-ops, internships, summer jobs, travel, vacation, relaxation, and sleep are all things that one can do to enjoy their summer.  While you may be envying your best friends perfect study abroad journey or your suitemate’s high-paying internship, do not become discouraged!  If you’re trying to do more than simply relax this summer, it’s not too late to get a head start on some great activities that could be beneficial to your major.  Interviewing people that have jobs that you might be interested in having one day, shadowing your mom’s friend for some extra hands-on experience, or updating your resume are all things that can help make sure that you’re staying on track to your goals!  I hope everyone from the Wolfpack is having a great summer and we can’t wait to see you all in August!

Blog written by Justin Sly

Summer Travels

photoI hope everyone is having an amazing summer full of relaxation! For the past couple of weeks I have been traveling all around Israel with my family.  It has been a wonderful journey learning about this historical country.  I had the opportunity to hike Mount Masada, float in the Dead Sea, tour the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the Western Wall and all other super cliché tourist things.  But the best part of Israel was by far the Mediterranean food. Everything was filled with great spices like the falafel!  Although I was not traveling abroad for school, this experience has motivated me to try and study abroad at some point during my college tenure at NC State.  I highly recommend all students to try studying abroad or at least traveling to another country!  There are so many different cultures in our world that are very interesting to learn about.  Try traveling to a European country or a South African country or even Australia! Where have you traveled this summer?

Blog written by Sarah Garfinkle