i volunteered at box office last year. the best piece of advice i can give you is, just before you start packing, make sure you have your picture id and your scholarship paper. then, halfway through your packing, make sure you have your picture id and scholarship paper. when you're through packing, make sure you have your picture id and scholarship paper. every day, check on the whereabouts of your picture id and scholarship paper. check 17 times before you get on the plane.
the box office folks try really hard to please everybody, but when you show up with no scholarship paper, no picture id, and there's no record of you having been awarded a scholarship, their hands are tied. no, they cannot "sell you somebody else's scholarship ticket", (yes, somebody asked us to do that), no, they cannot check your e-mail for you to see if the scholarship that you're pretty sure you were awarded accidently got put into the trash can, no, they can't just decide to be nice and sell you a scholarship ticket 'cause they think you're cute and you might have good drugs to share. and yes, people do ask for those things.
on another note, how the hell is grand rapids? i got out of there 4 years ago, and have never looked back. there is a pretty active burner community in detroit, and the ann arbor area is starting to warm up too. you should see about getting involved with them. i know somebody has a huge school bus that they drive to BRC from somewhere in the LP, and they put out a notice for people to ride share with them. it might be a better, more fun way for you to get there than by plane, if you can get the extra time off work or school. a great way to meet some really cool people, kind of get the vibe before you hit the playa.
hope you have a great first year, and remember, check on the whereabouts of your picture id and scholarship EVERY DAY UNTIL YOU LEAVE!!!!