After my first year at USC, I can honestly say that I made the right choice in sending my admission* deposit May 1st. This is especially because USC was one of those schools that I almost didn't apply to. Even though it was one of my dream schools, I was almost positive I wouldn't get accepted-- so pretty much me leading to sending in my application the night before… I happy to say though, not only was a pleasantly surprised when I got my acceptance letter, but I chose to attend USC (obviously)!
If you read one of my past articles, I mentioned how I am still in slight disbelief and am a bit anxious in terms of attending this school. A Lot of people go through this. There are countless articles on reasons you should transfer to another college or how your current college is not the right fit for you. Like yes, this is another aspect that a lot of students go through, but let's also focus on validating students who feel self-conscious in terms of what got them into their said school.
So if you're feeling anxious that you're not good enough for your attending university, focus on the reasons why you fit into this school. Listen, you got accepted, you made it past the hard part. If the admission advisors singled you out as a individual they want at there school, there must be a reason for that.
If you're still feeling unsure, here are 15 signs that you current school is the right fit for you.
1. You don't know how you got in
Even though you don't know how you got in, the admission advisors most certainly do. Don't fret this though, simply be in amazement that you got into such a great school.
2. The people that you meet are ones that you would have never have met anywhere elseGiphy
These people come from all over the country, even from different regions of the world, each of them with such unique backgrounds, thoughts and ideas. How crazy is it that you can just meet someone you probably would never have met anywhere else!
3. You’ve instantly found the perfect extracurricularsGiphy
And they're not just extracurriculars for your resume. You actually enjoy spending weekends or after class hours going to these extracurriculars
4. You miss it during the summerGiphy
Although you're having a great time sleeping in and not having to wake up to 8 am classes… you still kind of miss not only the friends you made, but also just being a student at your college.
5. You wear school gearGiphy
Literally, even if it's just a lanyard or mug. Even if you got it for free, you're still filled with a sort of pride using it.
6. You have the perfect major/potential majorGiphy
From the beginning, even if you weren't sure what you wanted to major in, you still had so many options. In my experience, I came in as a pre-law student, changed to a pre-med with a human bio emphasis, to adding a major of art history to now possibly going into journalism (I know, I am very indecisive). No matter how many times you changed your major, you're positive your school has the right program for you.
7. It’s the perfect climate for youGiphy
No more dreading certain months of the year due to undesired weather. For me (someone who loves the sun and warm weather), Los Angeles weather is perfect.
8. Your financial burden isn’t too badGiphy
One of the key factors in deciding which college you attend. If you're comfortable (or more like, your parents are comfortable) with the amount, then yes it is a good fit! A good tip for those still deciding whether an out-of-state college is worth it-- if you're roughly going to pay the same tuition as your in-state college, then go for it. The out-of-state college experience is worth it and something you won't regret.
9. Your campus is aesthetically pleasingGiphy
Most spots on campus are Instagram-worthy? Then yes, instant checkmark on whether this school is right for you. (Yes and the background on that GIF is USC)
10. You’re academically challengedGiphy
You should be feeling that college is harder than high school. If not, then what was the point of all those AP/Honors/IB classes?
11. You’re comfortable in the classroom settingGiphy
But don't feel like you have to be overly challenged with the academic setting to the point where you have a mental breakdown or end up getting subpar grades. Be challenged, but be comfortable in your classroom setting-- work it out with your professor, advisors, etc. You're at this university to succeed and that's the only thing that anyone wants.
12. You can go on-and-on about your collegeGiphy
To which your friends and family probably get tired of. From ranting about professors to gossiping about the recently resigned school official or even bragging about your school, you somehow find a way to make the conversation about your university.
13. You make a list of plans of what to do on the weekend (when you not it’s not midterm/final season)Giphy
Besides finals/midterm season, you're never bored at your school. There is always something to do-- from exploring the neighboring city/town to activities held at your college, there is never a boring day.
14. You’re constantly recommending people to transfer/apply to your universityGiphy
Literally, you think anyone would like your school (because honestly who wouldn't?) to the point that you constantly want to recommend everyone to apply.
15. It just somehow feels right.Giphy
There's just that feeling that you can't explain, but you know that you belong at this college. Maybe it took a couple of months, or a whole year, but you honestly can't imagine yourself anywhere else.