19 Telltale Signs You're A Transfer Student

19 Telltale Signs You're A Transfer Student

As if it isn't obvious enough.

Transferring is a process, I'll tell you that. Yep, it is a process. But, it is one that may be worth your while. For me, it has been crazy. I'm really starting to think it was all worth it, though.

Here are 19 signs you are, or have at one time been, a transfer student:

1. You skip class at your old school to tour your new school.

You feel bad explaining to your professor that you may be leaving the school in which they teach for another school. Either they are really happy for you, or they are not very thrilled with you.

2. You have to go through the dreaded withdrawing process.

Go to accounting to get this signed by this person. Go to registrar to get this signed. Go explain to everyone why you are transferring schools. It may feel like they are all offended with your decision, but, in all reality, the faculty at your old school does not take your choice of school to heart.

3. You have to go through the process of getting your scholarships transferred.

You have to contact the scholarship committee for any scholarship you received to ask if they are willing to reissue a check to your new school. Chances are, they will. I was actually very nervous about losing my scholarships when I switched schools, but I was lucky enough to not have that happen to me. When explaining that you are leaving your old school, it may be assumed that you're dropping out of college (this also happened to me), so be sure to inform the scholarship committee/board that you will still be attending college, just not the same one.

4. You have to pay attention to numerous deadlines.

While finishing up classes at one school and trying to get accepted and everything else figured out at another, you will have a lot going on. Just make sure you are aware of all the deadlines for your new school. But, DO NOT let your grades slip because of it!

5. You get another email and all new passwords that you may or may not remember.

Probably not tbh.

6. After you have been accepted and everything is final, you must tell everyone about your decision.

Everyone will be curious to why you are transferring schools, so be prepared to answer the same question every day.

7. Even after you have transferred, you may refer to your old school as your school.

Despite your reason for transferring schools, that place still seems to have a part of you.

8. You will miss your old school and everyone there.

Even if you were super excited to have your own dorm at your new school, there will be nights you will fall asleep missing wine nights with your old roommate. There will be days you will miss seeing your old friends in class. There will be days you will miss walking to get Hot Box cookies or going to Fieldhouse with the girls. You may even miss your old job.

9. You have to pack up all of your stuff and move it and unpack it all and rearrange and redecorate everything.

This is honestly the worst part.

10. You have to get all new shirts for your new school.

You have all your old clothes that said your old school's name, but you don't have many that say your new school.

11. When you transfer, it seems like you are starting all over again.

No matter what you transfer in as mostly everyone else has been there longer than you have. So, even if you are a junior transfer, it may feel like you are a freshman, just because you're new to the school.

12. There is the possibility that not all your transfer credits will count towards your major.

You may have to retake courses you have already taken. And/or some of the courses you took that counted towards your major there may not at your new school. I advise checking into how your credits will transfer from one school to another, to ensure that you don't get too incredibly far behind.

13. You will get lost.

You are going to look like the typical college freshman running around trying to figure out where their next class is.

14. You will have to ask where the bathroom is in Starbucks.

And when you do, the girl you ask will look at you like you're an idiot because it's the second semester and you do not know where the bathroom is located.

15. When asked where your next class is, you reply, "In that building, over there, with the windows."

Well...you tried.

16. You will have to ask what the heck everyone is talking about when they abbreviate the names of buildings.

Woah, woah, wait. What was that?

17. Luckily, at a bigger college/university, you won't look stupid introducing yourself to others in your class.

Of course, in order to make new friends, you have to say "hello" and meet other students. At a smaller school, everyone would know that you are new. But, at my new school, everyone else was also making friends with new classmates. So, it wasn't like in high school when there would be a new student and the teacher would say, "Now, everyone, I want you all to meet Ashley, who is new to our school."

18. You have to make all new friends.

Some can see this as a beauty or a struggle. The thing about being a transfer student is that most people have been friends since the start of school, so they have a set of friends already. This, again, could be good or bad. You may find it harder to make friends since everyone already has someone they know. But, once you become friends with one then they can introduce you to all of their friends.

19. You end up being very happy with the major change you made.

When all is said and done, you are content with the decision you made in switching schools. You are meeting new people, doing new things, going new places, and doing what you want to do with your life.

I'd be lying if I said that transferring were just as easy as moving from one place to another. It is a lot of work, a lot of extra work. But, if you really want to transfers schools because of any reason, whether that be the location, the program, the cost, then go for it. I have met some pretty cool people so far. I am in a program that excites me, with others who are equally excited for their future. Not only am I learning about new people and places, but myself, as well. And I could not be any happier with my decision.

Cover Image Credit: Ashley Corbin

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

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3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

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6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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