If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you may remember that I transferred schools last year. I’ve talked about it a few times, and I am happy to announce that this will be my last post about being a transfer student. I just don’t feel like a transfer anymore. But this first year has taught me a lot about being a new student that I thought I would pass on to anyone looking to transfer.

Don’t wait

            I knew I wanted to transfer schools from my first semester at my old institution but for some reason I did two years there instead of leaving when I knew I wanted to. I ended up collecting credits and DEBT that was completely unnecessary. So, if you’re at a school right now that you KNOW you don’t like, get out before it’s too late.

You’re as new as you make yourself

            You don’t wear the word “transfer” anywhere on your body, especially at larger schools. My mom has this thing she says about going to new places and looking like “meat” meaning that someone can be labeled new or vulnerable based on how they carry themselves.

The food is still questionable

            This is all colleges; don’t think you’re going to a new place and the food is going to switch up and be 5-star quality. There is one place on my campus where I like the food, and I stick to that spot.

Switching from dorming to commuting kind of sucks

            Schedule wisely if you’re going to be commuting. Those 8 am classes may have been cool as a dormer when you could wake up at 7:30 and just walk down the street to class. But as a commuter, depending on how far you live from campus that 7:30 crap is out the window.  So, take your traveling time and costs into consideration.

Fight for your credits

            For some schools, certain credits transfer over immediately. Some credits you may have to provide a syllabus or course description.  If you feel one of your previous courses is similar to or close enough to courses provided at your new institution and can help you get your degree faster, speak up, talk to your advisor, the registrar, whomever and do what you have to do to receive credit.

Summer/Winter Classes are your friend

I’ve said this before; some schools have different general education requirements that can heavily impact your status. If you can, take summer or winter classes to fill these requirements and avoid taking another year if you don’t want to.

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