Application Process.. please help?

<p>I'm 18 and I've already graduated high school in May 2008. I said I was taking a year off now I think that was a bad decision. I'm currently applying for colleges and I'm wondering if I need to contact my past highschool about sending my transcript OR will the colleges retrieve the transcript for me. Then after that, do I just wait until I get an acceptance letter?</p>

<p>I live in Tennessee and I've applied at Austin Peay and I'm going to apply at East Tenn State Uni, Tenn State Uni and University of Martin. This application process is just all confusing to me. Help greatly appreciated.</p>