Right. So, you’re sitting at home already planning your grand entrance this fall onto the Creighton scene. You’re scouring the Creighton 2016 facebook page for potential friends, and you may have already started packing!
Or, you’re at home frowning at the vast number of e-mails you have received from various universities across the nation and trying to figure out which of them you even care about.
Well, welcome to my blog.
For all of you juniors-soon-to-be-seniors out there, my advice is simple: visit campus and do a bit of background research on your colleges. Look at what majors they offer if you know what you’re looking for, and look at what classes they offer if you don’t.
Visits are very important, I recommend two: one when you first start looking, and one after you get in but before you make a final decision.
Creighton also has this nifty new program called “CU in the Summer” (get used to the CU puns, kids) where prospective students visit campus, get a tour, and get some tips and tricks about starting your college search. If you really feel like visiting in the summer(warning: I’ve gotten three severe weather alerts just today about “excessive heat”), I’d recommend doing one of these, you get more out of it than just a regular tour. Unfortunately I can’t tell you too much about it because we didn’t have this program when I was a junior-soon-to-be-senior, but go to the link above and tweet @choosecreighton with any questions, they’re quite excited about it.
Now, for you first-years(Creighton is very opposed to using the term “freshman” for whatever reason. Also yoga.), my advice is a little different.
First of all, all of that facebook creeping you’re doing? That’s fine, I don’t think that’s odd I think it’s actually a good idea. Look at people, you’ll be able to recognize them once you’re here most likely and even if you don’t become friends, having a vaguely familiar face around can’t hurt. Restrain yourself from hitting on everyone, and you’re probably not going to make friends via the internet, but it doesn’t hurt to get to know people.
Secondly, go to summer preview if you can.
What’s Summer Preview, you ask?
It’s where you go to campus, stay overnight, and meet some of your new classmates a bit earlier! I went to it, I think it was well worth my time. I couldn’t tell you half of the stuff we talked about, but I can tell you that’s how I met my now-roommate! I actually still recognize a lot of faces from that day, and that’s pretty nifty. You get to stay in one of the dorms for a night(Kiewit, I’m fairly sure) and that gives you a chance to really meet people.
Your family can come too, but they have different events and Creighton doesn’t provide housing. (My dad went to some of the talks, but not all. He wasn’t the happiest about the answer to some of the questions, but we’re from Omaha so I guess we’re a bit superior like that. As always, feel free to ask me any questions) but parents can worry so they might enjoy getting their own tour, meeting other parents, and getting their questions answered.
Anyway, here are the dates: July 9-10, July 12-13, July 16-17, July 19-20! So hurry and apply, you won’t regret it!
(for you Hawaii students, I’m fairly sure the hui-o-hawaii club puts on an event so you can meet fellow students, nobody expects you to fly all the way out here for two days and fly all the way back home when you’re going to be doing that in a month anyway)
Most importantly, don’t panic. As your college years start to approach more and more quickly, it’s easy to start freaking out about the fact that you’re going to be in college soon. So remember: excitement, not panic.
So, see you soon guys. Remember, I’m happy to answer any questions.
Thanks for reading!
~ Carrie (who may or may not be blogging from an airport)