During my spring semester of 2018 I decided to transfer to a different school while sitting in a science class that I had no clue what was being discussed but was somehow passing, I just knew. I knew I had to leave. I had become too used to just showing up to class whenever I felt and handing in work on a similar schedule.
In September 2018 I officially resumed my higher education at a large public research university. Moving from the familiarity of a small private liberal arts college. It was a huge change, one that I am still adjusting and adapting to. Here are the top ten differences I’ve had to deal with in my first month as a transfer
(here’s what I wore my first day)
The campus is bigger
My previous campus took up about three city blocks, everything was a quick five minute walk away from my dorm. And I mean everything, my classes, the tutoring center, restaurants and the grocery store.
I miss the comfort
The school was located in an area I was pretty familiar with before entering the school. So, I knew where everything was and when it closed.
Making friends as a transfer student is a little bit of work, I feel like I’ve missed the fun freshman trips and orientations. To make up for that I’ve pushed myself to attend club meetings, and social events.
Suddenly a commuter
At my first college I used to dorm, although it was local I still wanted the “full college experience” and I didn’t get involved on that campus at all. Yet, having to wake up more than ten minutes before class like I was prone to do at my other institution and get to campus has become tedious.
Juggling work and commuting
My job is what makes the commute tedious, I often find myself rushing off campus to get to work on time.
If you read my post on the transfer process I warned that you should try to calculate the amount of credits that will follow you to the school you would like to go to. This is the biggest transfer tip I can give if you still wish to graduate on time. I found myself with quite a few gen eds to take and have been able to take some over the summer and intend to continue to do so.
Larger class sizes
For me coming from a fairly small private college where my classes often were not larger than 20 people, going to lectures with at least 60 people was new to me. Not awful or negative just different.
Variety of professors
At my liberal arts college a good amount of my general education requirements were fulfilled by my high school courses so I was in the courses for my major pretty quickly which meant I had pretty much the same teachers for the 4 semesters I was there.
Oddly more motivated
New school, new me
The course load is different, some courses are more vigorous. Some courses are easier than I expected. 4 out of 6 of my classes require a ten page research paper, only 2 out of 6 of those courses have explained what they want the paper to be on.
So far, it’s been a positive experience. Going to a different college is truly experiencing a shift in cultures that I will share more about in a later post. To stay up to date on this journey make sure to follow me on instagram, twitter, or facebook or even sign up for my newsletter!
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