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So you spent a year at college and it…wasn’t what you wanted. It took you until the Spring semester to realize the campus really doesn’t look anything like the picture, and the neighborhood doesn’t have all of those great places to visit that were advertised on the website. At some point in your first year of college, you decided living six-hundred miles away from home isn’t as great as you thought it would be. Maybe after a few science classes, you learned that science isn’t really your strong suit, and you’d like to transfer from a tech school to an arts school. Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re only months away from starting again somewhere new! Check out these summer mindsets that will prepare you for your new beginning as a college transfer student!
An Open Mind
Perhaps your first year as a college student wasn’t too good at all. Your roommate was rude and a slob, you didn’t like your professors, your phone was stolen, the RAs were never around, and you didn’t get into the classes you wanted. It’s unfortunate that your college experience began that way. This summer, clear your mind. Leave all of that behind you and prepare yourself to try again! Embrace the extra-curricular clubs on campus. See your professors after class for help. Get to know the people in your building. You have the chance to start your life as a college student over, only this time, you’ll be just a little bit wiser!
A Set of Goals
As a college transfer, you’ve already gotten your feet wet in what it means to be a college student. This means you’re better able to create meaningful and reachable goals for yourself. Maybe last year you were only a point away from making Dean’s List. Maybe you’ve realized you didn’t do as much as you could as far as trying to meet new people on campus. Perhaps you didn’t call home as much as you should have. Use last year’s experience to come up with a few short-term and long-term achievements for yourself!
A Rounded View
As a transfer student, you have something many students don’t get the chance to see. You have the opportunity to see how your major is taught at one college verses another. You may get into a math course on the first day and realize you know an easier way to remember an equation than what the professor is telling you. You may find that you’ve already read a book you were required to read, and even have a paper written on it. You may find yourself in the middle of discussing a theory you spent weeks writing about last year. Take these opportunities to share with others what you learned elsewhere. Take advantage of these overlaps by fusing together what you’ve learned from multiple professors and classmates to create your own unique ideas and perspectives!
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So you’ve decided you’d like to transfer schools! As you so diligently research potential colleges you could make the move to, keep an eye out for shadow programs that allow prospective students to follow current students through an average day of sitting in on classes, attending club meetings, and hanging out in the residence halls.
Shadowing someone allows you to be the closest thing to a student without actually being a student. It also means you can get the 411 from the person you’re shadowing on their experience at the school. So make sure you take advantage of such a robust resource! The more information you can squeeze out of your peer, the more informed a decision you can make when it comes down to finally choosing your transfer college.
Here’s a list of questions you can ask your college host:
- Why did you choose this school as opposed to all the other schools you applied to?
- Where is your favorite place on campus and why?
- How would you rate your quality of education here?
- What’s one word you would use to describe the student body overall?
- Where is the best place to eat on campus?
- Where is the best place to study on campus?
- Would you say the students here are more academically or socially driven?
- Do you feel comfortable walking around campus at night?
- Are there better dorms to live in than others?
- Do students generally live in the dorms every year, or is there a lot of off-campus housing?
- How well do the RAs handle situations in your residence hall?
- What has your experience been with accessing help from professors?
- How big have your class sizes been?
- Are you involved with any clubs or organizations?
- What do people do here in their spare time?
- Do you feel safe in the neighborhoods surrounding campus?
- Would you ever classify this school as a party school?
- What are students proud of about going to this school?
- What is one problem or issue this campus is facing?
- Why would people transfer to or from this college?
- Are you happy here? Do you feel at home here?
- What makes this college special to you?
- What are you and your friends majoring in?
- What are three things every transfer student should know about this college before their first day?
- How easy is it to get around campus? Are there multiple campuses?
- Where is the best coffee on campus?
- Where do you think most students here meet friends?
- Do you feel like you have ample space in your dorm room? How many people share one bathroom?
- What is course registration like? Are you always able to take the classes you want to take?
- How respectful is the student body of diversity?
- What do you like best about your college’s culture?
- How well do you think a transfer student could adjust to this college?
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Deciding whether or not you should transfer colleges can be a pretty big decision. You may love your current college but come to find the major you’d like to pursue isn’t offered there. You may not like your current college at all, but love the friends you’ve made there. Regardless of why you’re interested in transferring schools, the decision to do so isn’t easy. The following is a list of tips to guide you as you consider your decision to transfer.
Make a diagram: Create a T-chart defining the positive aspects of both colleges. This will allow you to get a better idea of what both colleges have to offer.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want to transfer?
- Is that program better than the program I’m at now?
- Are my reasons for leaving my current college something that can improve or be fixed?
- Is there anything I could do at my current school that would make my experience here better?
- Will my classes transfer, and if not, am I okay with a later graduation date?
- What is prompting me to make this decision?
- Am I taking enough time to think about this?
- Is this decision my decision?
- Have I thoroughly researched my potential school?
- Have I met with an advisor at my potential college to discuss the logistics of transferring?
Make a college dream list: Take time to make a list of what your dream college would have for you. Now look at how your current school and potential school match up. If neither school comes close to what you want out of an institution, you may need to research some more potential schools.
See a counselor: It might be helpful to spend an hour with a college counselor discussing your reasons for wanting to transfer. Counselors have a way of pointing out something you’re thinking or feeling that you may not have realized. They also know a lot about your school, so they may have the answers on how to get the things you thought your school lacked.
Talk to a neutral friend: It might help to vent to a friend who doesn’t attend either college and could remain neutral in your decision process. While a counselor is a neutral listener, your friends know you better. They may be able to point out things neither you nor a counselor was able to see.
Go through your college catalog: By scrolling through your college catalog, you may find majors, clubs and organizations you hadn’t realized your school offered. Make sure what you’re looking for isn’t something your college already has.
Re-read your original college application: Dig up the words you wrote that got you here. What was it that you wanted a year or two ago? Did what you were looking for change? Is this institution not giving you what you thought it would? By re-reading your original application, you’re getting in touch with your original college preferences.
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