1. Take initiative. It shows a lot about a person’s character when they don’t have to be asked or told what to do. Reach out to your representative from the university you are interested in and know when deadlines are for applications, scholarships, housing, and commitments. You can locate your personal OU Representative here.
  2. Be mindful of your email address. You’re taking the big step into the collegiate and adult world filled with internships, networks, and jobs. Do you really want to supply them with an email address that is overly cute or plain inappropriate? If you need to set up a separate email with just your name as the handle. All admitted students to OU receive their own OU email address.
  3. Construct an email, not a text messages. Even if you are on a very friendly level with your university representative, remember that they are the university. Make sure your emails are formal and well written. Always include a subject, the person’s name, and your signature.
  4.  Always check your spelling and grammar. Because we will.
  5.  Dress appropriately for your campus visit or meeting with your recruiter. Working with your university is similar to going in for a job interview. You want to make a good impression. Dress appropriately. Leave the gym shorts and the cut offs at home, and think…Sunday’s best.
  6.  Don’t let your parents do all the talking. Your parents are just as invested in your future as you are and they should work through the process with you. But keep the control in your court. Complete your own applications and make sure you communicate just as much as your parents do.
  7.  Ask good questions. This process can be difficult and you will have questions. Make sure you read through the materials, letters, and emails you receive completely before you ask a question. If you have lots of questions, combine them together in one email instead of sending one a day. Save all the letters and emails you receive so that you do not end up asking the same question multiple times.
  8.  Send “Thank You” notes. If you enjoyed your campus visit or visiting with your university representative, sending a thank you note is a great way to remind them who you are after you have left campus.
  9.  Don’t miss important deadlines. Do you really want to leave the impression that you are unreliable? Make sure you complete all paperwork and submissions by their due date.
  10. Follow-up. Most universities will reach out to students or contact you when they need you to complete a task, or to discuss opportunities available to you. Make sure you follow-up in a timely manner. You don’t want them to have to contact you again.
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