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This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

Hello, my name is Megan Georgeson, and I am currently attending North Dakota State University. NDSU was the only option that I had considered for college. It was my first choice due to it being close to home, it had a decent-sized campus and it is one of the few colleges that has my major. I am majoring in radiologic sciences and I am going in the path of being an echocardiographer. In other words, I will be doing ultrasounds on the heart. It is my dream job, and the fact that I can pursue it at my favorite school is amazing.

When I first arrived at NDSU, I knew right away that I was meant to be here. Most of the people here are from the Midwest, so fitting in wasn’t an issue. It helps that there are also a few girls from my class that live in the same residence hall as me so then there was still some familiarity with everything else that was changing. Almost everything is different once you go off to college, but you just have to embrace it. It won’t take too long until you become comfortable with your new lifestyle.

One great thing about college is that you’re able to customize your class schedule to your lifestyle most of the time. For instance, I like to sleep in for the most part, so I don’t have class until 11 a.m. most days of the week. If you’re more of an early riser, you can make it so that you start classes at 8 a.m. and you can typically be done earlier in the day.

You’re going to want to make sure that you have breaks between classes though so that you’re able to recover. Whoever said that college was easier than high school lied. You have to work so much harder, but it will all be worth it. This is where it all counts. Even though school is more difficult, you still have to remember to take care of yourself. You need to get enough sleep, eat decent meals, and find the time to have fun.

For me personally, I have not yet joined any clubs. I am so busy with everything else that I haven’t been able to find the time to participate as much. One thing that I try to do though is to go to the events put on by the campus. For example, we just had an event called Pinterest Night. It was so much fun, you get to make new friends, and it’s free. You can even have the chance to win prizes just for showing up. Always try to take advantage of the resources and activities that you’re provided with. There is no doubt that college is expensive, so try and get your money’s worthwhile you’re there.

One of the most important things to remember is to have fun. This is the first time in your life when you’re truly on your own and figuring out the person that you’re meant to be. You can’t figure that out if you’re just studying all the time. Get out of your comfort zone and find yourself. It’s what college is all about. Yes, it can be hard to put yourself out there, but the worst thing that can happen is that you just didn’t like the experience and then you don’t do it again.

Lastly, I would like to thank Dollars for Scholars and the donors of the Gordon Gehardson Scholarship for making my college experience possible. I have learned so much and I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me since I arrived at NDSU. Dollars for Scholars is an amazing organization that has helped many students and I am honored to have been one of them.

Megan Georgeson is a 2019 graduate of Fergus Falls High School and is currently attending North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.  She is the recipient of the Gordon Gerhardson Memorial Scholarship. For information on making a donation for scholarships, contact Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars, 601 W Randolph Ave, Fergus Falls, MN   56537.

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