A Word to Fellow Transfer Students
March 25, 2016|Posted in: On Campus
Tina Dedrick is sophomore majoring in psychology. Originally from Montgomery, New Jersey, she transferred to American University in the fall of 2015. Transferring schools was a valuable learning experience for her and she is glad to call AU home.
As seniors in high school, we’re facing a lot of pressure. As if graduating from the high school that we’ve come to know, and parting ways with our best friends wasn’t terrifying enough, we’re being asked to make a decision about where we’re going to spend the next four years of our lives! That’s a huge decision, and it can often be tough to find a school that’s the “perfect fit” for you, especially if you don’t know exactly what you want to study, or where you want to end up. But you make the choice anyway, and attend that school in the fall. But, what happens if you realize that the school you thought you would love, wasn’t what you wanted after all? Starting the whole college selection process over again seems like an equally terrifying thought. At least that’s what I thought when I transferred at the end of my freshman year.
When I thought about the whole process, I realized that it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I already knew what I wanted and didn’t want from a college by going through an entire year at another institution. I was able to put my specifications into a search on College Board, and began to narrow down institutions that would be closer to that “perfect fit” that everyone always dreams of when they think of going to college. For me, American was in my top three schools. I submitted my application, and finally got an opportunity to visit campus a few weeks later. I hate to sound cliché, but that visit really solidified in my mind that AU was where I wanted to be, come fall of my sophomore year. And when I returned home from my visit, I was so incredibly excited to find my acceptance letter waiting for me in the mail!
After completing my first semester here, I can say that I made the best choice by transferring to a school that suited me better. I’m ultimately a happier, more productive student because of it. Sure, the process was really daunting (because who really wants to fill out The Common Application again), but in the end I can tell you that it was worth all of the extra research and careful planning. My advice to any students who are experiencing issues with the institution that they’re currently at: don’t be afraid to transfer to a school that you feel would suit you better. I know that in high school, people treat the word “transferring” as if it were some awful thing you should avoid at all costs. I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Everyone’s college plan is different. If you feel as though you didn’t choose the university that’s the best fit for you the first time around, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing a little more research, and applying again to universities that you feel would suit your needs more appropriately.
If I could go back and change the way I applied to college in high school, I wouldn’t. I learned a lot of valuable things about myself during the “honeymoon phase” and ultimate “breakup” with my previous institution. I can only say that this transfer student is incredibly happy with her decision, and proud to call American University her home.
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