My 'Backup School' As A Transfer Became The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me

My 'Backup School' As A Transfer Became The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me

I knew getting into the top journalism school in the country was supposed to be exciting, but I just wasn't as excited as I should have been.

After my first year of college, I decided to transfer. I decided I wanted more for myself than what I was currently getting, and while I knew it was going to be a big choice, it was also what I had to do.

I knew I would miss my friends, but I also promised myself to never become complacent in my education. I had to uphold that promise to myself and go elsewhere when I felt that happening in my field of study.

I applied to six universities as a transfer student, and Temple, well, Temple was the last one on my list. I hated city life, it was way bigger than I wanted and honestly, I just wasn't sure it was the school for me.

I was accepted at my top choice university as a transfer, and I was all set to commit until I heard the dreaded words, "We don't give academic scholarships to transfers."

I felt crushed. I couldn't really afford $60,000 a year in schooling. I would be passing my debt on to my kids when I die at that rate.

That's when it started to look like I would end up at Temple.

The last school on my list.

My backup school.

I knew getting into the top journalism school in the country was supposed to be exciting, but I just wasn't as excited as I should have been.

Nonetheless, as the cheapest school with the best program, I committed--feeling excited about the education I would get but nervous about the school environment itself.

Two years later as I get ready to graduate, I realize that going to Temple was the best decision I could have made for myself.

My backup school quickly went from feeling like just that... the school I really wasn't sure if I wanted to be at... to the school I knew I wanted to be at and should be at.

From the friends I've made to the clubs I have joined to the professors I have had, Temple has given me two of the best years of my life.

Are there days that I sometimes wonder what my life would be like had I attended the $60,000 school? Sure! I think we're always bound to wonder about the unknown, it's sort of human nature.

But when asked if I regret my decision to come to Temple, I can say the most resounding "no" of all time.

So as I get ready to graduate and enter the "real world" here's a little shoutout to my backup school, I guess you were alright.

Cover Image Credit: Zuri Hoffman

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If You Still Don't Have These 8 Things In Your College Room, You're Doing It Wrong

Take it from a senior living in a residence hall, I know what I'm talking about.


If this is your first semester or if this is your last, there are some things every college student should have in their room. Granted, some things are more of a convenience than a necessity, but, come on, you only live once, right?

1. Bluetooth speaker

Whether it's jamming to some study tunes, kicking it back with some chill beats on a Saturday night, or trying to block out the noise roommates down the hall, a Bluetooth speaker is a key piece of every good residence hall experience. You'll thank me later.

2. String lights

The easiest way to turn those glum room walls into your personal paradise is to hang string lights all around! If you are feeling particularly creative, adding some lights and print-out photos to an open wall creates the cutest memory board. Make sure to hang these below the sprinkler system if your hall has them!

3. Cute pillow(s)

Nothing makes your mostly-unmade bed look better than a cute throw pillow. Who cares if your comforter is crooked and falling off your mattress — you've got adorable pillows! Plus, they can be great to lay on when studying or watching movies in bed.

4. A fuzzy blanket

Nothing screams "college" like cuddling up in a soft blanket and procrastinating your homework. Whether it's for watching movies, wrapping up in while studying for that 8 AM exam, or just unwinding after a long day, a fuzzy blanket makes everything better.

5. Essential oil diffuser

Most residence halls don't allow candles or wax melters, but essential oil diffusers can be even better for you and for making your room smell great. You can even use certain oils when you aren't feeling well to help you get better sooner!

6. Reusable water bottle

Now, this is more of a college tip in general, but it is still extremely important. I find that when I buy a new reusable water bottle, I drink more water. Stay hydrated and reduce your eco-footprint by skipping the single-use plastic bottles.

7. Closet organizers

One of the hardest parts about moving into a college room is the closet space (or lack thereof). Go for practical. An over-the-door shoe rack, hanging cubby, multi shirt hanger, or jewelry pouch can maximize your space without forcing you to get rid of half your wardrobe.

8. Power Strip

I'm not talking about dinky little extension cords, no no, I'm talking power stips. These babies have saved me every semester of my college career. Many residence halls require them since they have surge protectors. Turn one outlet into five or more (some even have USB ports).

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