Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scholarship Weekend

Man. This weekend was probably the longest, most enjoyable one that I've had in a while. As most of you know, I was given the opportunity to participate in a presidential scholarship program at my first choice university. I was, for lack of a better word, extraordinary.

For my personal sanity I'm going to break down my trip into two days.


My parents woke me up bright and early at 2:30 a.m. so that we could drive to DFW airport and catch our first flight, which was at 7 a.m. Honestly, I slept for most of the drive up there, and I slept on the plane as well.
I've only ever flown international, so I wasn't used to how tiny the planes were. In fact, I was actually pretty shocked at how tiny everything was! It wasn't that big of a deal though, because my flights were only a few hours long. Nbd. Since I haven't flown in a few years I had to calm myself and do a little yoga. Ironically, when we hit turbulence my dad ended up freaking out more than I did. According to him, it was the worst turbulence he's ever encountered--- which is saying something because he flies A LOT. At the time I didn't know that it was actually that bad... in fact I thought it was just normal. Hooray for not freaking out!

So, note to self: yoga does wonders.
We arrived in Charlotte, NC and then had to catch a connecting flight to Greensboro, and that flight was equally as rocky. But as before, it didn't really bother me.

When we arrived at the airport we did normal boring airport stuff. A shuttle from the college came and picked us up, which was super awesome.

My dad and I kind of chilled in our hotel room until it was time to go to dinner.

The dinner itself was pretty cool. At my table there were kids from other states, and my dad actually became besties with one of the other parents at the table, and whenever I was at interviews or whatever they hung out, and I had the pleasure of talking to the guy's son.

And when I say pleasure, I really mean it, because for the first time I actually met someone who was truly like minded like me. It was weird, because we would have these random moments where we would say the exact same thing at the exact same time... And it happened a handful of times.
He hasn't committed to the university yet, (I think he's deciding between Wesleyan Illinois and Miami Ohio) but it'd be cool coming into the college with an acquaintance. Regardless, our dads exchanged contact info and have planned on staying in touch. Above is a bad picture of my dad (red tie) with the guys. The lighting in the room was flattering to everything but my ability to take a decent picture.

Like a networking goddess, I added everyone that was at my table on Facebook.
And here is a picture of the university president giving his key note speech.


I woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. and prepared for my interviews. Instead of taking the shuttle to the school we rode with my dad's bestie in a camaro that they had rented for the weekend, and when we got to the school we were instructed that the parents and students had to split up for different conferences.

Everything at the school was so beautiful and pristine. I was really impressed that the school lived up to, and even surpassed what was in the brochures. All of the kids there for the scholarship weekend were so nice, and so smart. I felt like everyone was there for the same reasons I was. It was a breath of fresh air.

I had two interviews, one being with someone from the department that I'm majoring in, and another was just someone from a random department. It was cool because at my first interview it was a professor and two of his students asking questions, and at my second interview it was the professor, her aid, and two of her current students. Both of my interviews went well, I did my best, and even if I don't get a scholarship or anything, at least I know that the professors and students are amazing.

And now for more pictures!

Overall, I really enjoyed the weekend. I love the university that I'm going to, and I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Maybe now I can stop stressing out so much!

I'll be back home tomorrow. I want to say that I'm excited to be going home, but when I have two projects due and a sizable pile of homework waiting on me... well, you know how it is!


  1. Sounds like it was pretty amazing! So you are going there for sure?

  2. Looove all the pictures. So glad you are excited about your school!

  3. @Drew I'm already deposited and set up for housing!

  4. I'm glad it went so well and I hope the guy does go to the same place as you but if he doesn't at least you still have a way to talk to him.

  5. Yayayayay! I love all the pictures! Very excited for you!

  6. Wow, High Point sounds and looks AMAZING :)

    You're definitely going to have an awesome time there. And gurrrrl, you've got dem photo-taking skillz.

    ^ My awkward attempt at sounding ghetto. Which should come easily since I live in NYC. BUT NO.

    Both of your dresses were adorable. I especially liked the greenish one. SO PRETTY! Where'd you get it?


  7. @Eeshie I guess the picture made it look greenish, but it's a grey Calvin Klein dress that my mom bought for me a while back, and the other one is from Forever 21!

    Tee hee, my dad does look jolly!

  8. Ah! Everything at High Point looks amazing. The landscape photo looks gorgeous! And you looked super classy. :) I'm glad everything went well with your interviews. That's great that you already have some possible acquaintances!

  9. Whoa, that place looks great. Congrats again on getting accepted there.

    PS - that panorama shot of the lake thing looks great, awesome picture.