10 Things You Know If You Are A Transfer Student (As Told By Full House)

10 Things You Know If You Are A Transfer Student (As Told By Full House)

Always remember that if you don't where you are, you can always move!

ransferred schools the second semester of my freshman year of college. It was really a challenge coming to a new school, especially in the middle of the year. I even ended up having a nervous breakdown in the parking lot when my dad dropped me off. I just could not imagine starting all over again. Despite the struggles, I managed to survive and even made a handful of wonderful friends at my new school. However, transferring schools can be tough, so here are some of the continuous struggles of being a transfer student in college.

1. Not knowing anyone's age or year

Myself, and many other transfer students, have realized that because we are not with the people in our grade for all four years, we have no idea what grade anyone is in. I often find myself thinking people are way older or younger than they really are. And then, of course, I can never believe whenever I find out that I am wrong and that person is way older or younger than I thought.

2. Not knowing who anyone is talking about

When I first transferred schools and attempted to make friends, I often became stuck in conversations where I was confused. Names would come up and I did not know who anyone was talking about. I often found myself just nodding and acted like I knew what was going on.

3. You try so hard to make friends, but everyone is already established in their friend groups

Coming in freshman year wasn't as bad as it could've been, I'm assuming, but it was still a hard time making friends at first. I felt like every single person already had a whole group of friends, leaving no room for me.

4. It is too late to join any clubs

When I first started college, I was really excited to join all of the clubs. But when I started at my new school, it was too late to join them.

5. You have to learn things over again

Basically, when you transfer schools, you have to figure out everything again, just at a new place with new people. This was hard for me because I am somewhat introverted and already didn't enjoy doing these things in the first place. So, you could imagine how much I enjoyed doing all of this again.

6. Having to tell people over and over again where you transferred from and why

My mother always tells me that there are questions that you get asked throughout life. These are the first two questions that people ask when they figure out that I am a transfer student. At this point, any transfer student may even consider dropping out of school.

7. You have to become accustomed to a whole new living environment

Not only do you have to get used to a new school when you transfer, but you also have to get used to living in a new place. For me, I lived in a dorm and then I was a commuter, which was really challenging to get used to.

But, despite all of the struggles of being a transfer student, there are also many high points...

8. You get a fresh, new start

Although it may seem scary at first to be in a new place with new faces, it is also very exciting. At first, I thought it was impossible to transfer schools when I didn't like where I was at. But then I discovered that I can do anything if I want to! The point is, if you are unhappy somewhere, you can always go somewhere else and start over.

9. You finally join some clubs and start making friends

Suddenly, your plans start to fall into place, and you finally begin to feel comfortable at your new school. You even make some friends and love where you are.

10. You end up loving your new school more than you could ever imagine

Even though it's hard to transfer schools, it is most often time worth it. If you are unhappy with the school you are at, you should at least consider transferring. I did it three years ago, and it was the best decision of my life.

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Why Getting Away From Where You Grew Up Is Important

College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

As you get older, life sometimes makes it hard for you to take control and go to the places you've only dreamed of. There's always a work meeting, ballet recital, or something to hold you back from taking that trip planned four summers ago. College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

It's important to get away from everything you know at one point in your life. There is a whole world full of risk, chance, and experience. The security you have in your hometown can be traded in for adventure and change. There's a time to try something new, learn something that blows your mind, or go somewhere that takes your breath away. That time is now, to feel like you are actually doing something worthwhile with your life.

It is important to get away from where you have grown up for some of your life. You need to grow on your own, without anyone there to tell you you're wrong or out of line being a certain way. The transition from high school to college is the gift of independence. You choose who you get to be without anyone holding your past against you. It's a do-over, a second chance after the mistakes and regrets you lived through in high school. Yet, being away from home has its drawbacks as you lose familiar faces, a steady schedule, and many creature comforts. But, all of these can be found in a new place with time. Leaving the place you grew up gives you another chance to grow again, without boundaries. Travel whenever you get an opportunity because it may not come again. Test your limits while living your actual dreams. Go out and explore the world—you're only here once and don't have time to take it for granted. Leaving everything you know sounds scary, but there are great memories to be made out there.

Whether this new place for you is two hours from home, or 20, it's different, it's exciting and it's change. It is important to get away from where you grew up and learn from the adventures you embark on. It is the best way to find yourself and who you want to be. It's what you'll remember when you look back on everything you've done.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support


First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,


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