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When you leave for college you are filled with hopes, dreams, and expectations. Sometimes your expectations are met. That’s great! But other times, you feel like your experiences are falling short.

Whether it’s due to a problematic roommate, the academic environment or just the size of the school itself, you may wonder what you should be doing and whether or not you’re at the right school.

Why I Decided to Transfer

I started college at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. It didn’t take me long to realize it wasn’t the school for me.

I was living with a party-girl roommate who liked to come back to the dorm late at night and turn on all the lights; or go out with friends until 1 AM and then come home and do homework with the TV blaring. Needless to say I lost a lot of sleep, which left me feeling groggy and unfocused during my morning classes.

Additionally, the school was much bigger than anything I was used to (I attended a high school of less than 1,000 students). As a result, I didn’t feel comfortable on campus and often found myself feeling overwhelmed.

I wasn’t happy and I knew I needed to make some changes so I called my parents and we discussed my options. We talked it over for two weeks before making the final decision that I would come home and go to Saint Louis Community College – Florissant Valley.  I withdrew from all of my classes before it could harm my G.P.A. and we managed to get some tuition money refunded.

Things to Consider About Your College

Here is my advice to you if you find yourself in a similar situation:

  1. Make a list of all the things you don’t like about the college.
  2. List the things you do like about the college.
  3. Compare the two lists and see whether the good outweighs the bad or vice versa.
  4. Above and beyond the rational, how do you feel at your school? Ask yourself “Is this the place where I can truly reach my full potential?”

Questions to Ask

If you conclude that you need to transfer, then you have several questions to answer for yourself:

  • Do you want to finish out the semester?
  • Do you want to take some time off from college?
  • Do you want to try out community college?
  • Can you financially afford to transfer schools?

You should carefully consider all these factors before you make your final decision. It’s a big step to take, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to think it over. If your parents are helping you pay for school, make sure you discuss the situation with them as well. If you’re feeling especially conflicted, they can also help give you advice and suggestions that might make the decision easier.

Just remember, at the end of the day, no matter what college you attend, school is what you make it. So even if during your first few weeks or even months you’re thinking about transferring, make sure you make an actual effort at your current school first.

Join a club or two that really interest you. Attend freshman social events and introduce yourself to new people. Get engaged in your classwork and if you’re struggling get help. Don’t focus on the negative every second of every day, try and see the positive things, too.

Good luck!

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