Hey there, Future Choctaws! It's Andrew here with a quick blog on what to do once you've been accepted to MC. (After you've finished jumping up and down in excitement.)
So, you've been accepted to MC. Now what? You've gained access to this weird place on the internet called MyMC. You have an MC email address with a fun, long password and a student ID number that is 9 digits long and starts with "700." You're practically here! But what do you do with all of this new-found power? Here are four things to stay on top of as you begin your transition from high school to college.
Money talks. Make sure you're involved in the conversation.
- Once you've been accepted to MC, you become eligible for scholarship offers. Make sure to go into Banner Web (On MyMC) and accept your scholarships. This is a big deal.
- The FAFSA. The FAFSA allows you to receive Federal Aid for college and unlocks a few more offers in regards to scholarships. When tax returns come back (January, so soon), fill out the FAFSA. This is also a big deal.
- Also, be on the lookout for local, onetime scholarships. There are more opportunities than you may think to pick up an extra 500 or 1000 dollars here and there. It all adds up. Just apply for as many as you can. I hated the process sometimes, but my dad would always say, "Andrew, these people want to give you money, you just have to ask and apply for it."
Home Sweet Residence Hall. These are probably the only four years of your life where you will live on a hall with your friends. Make the most of it.
- First things first (I'm the realest), you can go ahead and sign into the StarRez Housing Portal and complete a survey that will match you with potential compatible roommates. This is actually pretty fun.
- Second, on February 2nd, the Housing Portal will officially open and you can select a room in the Residence Hall and a roommate for the fall semester. This is also pretty fun.
MC Events (Meet MC People)
This is where it all happens. MC events are the place to be to meet potential roommates and begin kindling the friendships that will develop over the next four years in ways you can't yet perceive.
- These events come in many shapes and sizes. It could be a huge auditorium packed with people or a conversation on a sidewalk in a busy city. Be on the lookout for MC people anywhere you go. (I ran into Drake Terry outside of Buckingham Palace the summer before we came to MC. He had on an MC shirt, so I said hello and now we're great friends.)
- MC In My City- Stay alert for receptions in Birmingham, Memphis, Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast. Also, be on the look out for admissions counselors visiting your hometown. This is a great way to connect with MC and meet new faces.
- Preview Day- Just come. It's a blast!
Come to Campus
MC has a beautiful campus. Enjoy it as often as possible.
- If you ever have any questions or concerns, or just want to hang out, swing by campus. I got confused on how to sign up for housing and went to the Residence Life Office and they set me back on the narrow path. (Sometimes you just need the face to face interaction.)
- Maybe you came to Preview Day and got lost in the excitement and forgot to ask a professor something. Just schedule an appointment and come get everything sorted out. They want to help you and make you feel welcome.
- Maybe you want to get a feel for what life in the Residence Hall is like. That's totally an option. You can stay out here one night with a current student. (Slumber party?)