There is a very specific balance between knowing you may be leaving, but also not giving up on your current school when you are applying to transfer colleges. However, with these few tips below, you'll handle this tricky process like a pro.
1. Submit your applications and forget about them.
You don't want to have the feeling of possibly transferring constantly looming over your head so get those applications completed and then move on. After senior year of high school, you are an absolute wizard when it comes to college applications, so transfer applications should be a breeze. Whether you are only applying to one school or you are applying to 10 − write them, submit them and then forget about them.
2. Don't advertise it.
My advice would be not to tell too many people, whether they are new college friends or old home friends about applying to other schools. This way you won't have to be asked where you are applying or whether you have gotten in (we all remember those torturous conversations from senior year). This will also help with the "moving on" aspect as you won't be being constantly reminded about the process.
3. Don't give up on your friendships.
Just because you are considering leaving doesn't mean you should stop being social or give up on your new friends. Who knows − maybe it could be that one new friend you made this semester that convinces you that you are, in fact, at the right school. Either way, whether you decide to stay or not, the friends you make in your freshman year of college could be your friends for life.
4. Continue getting involved.
Applying to other schools is not an excuse to stop going to your club meetings or slacking off on your work. Similarly to maintaining your friendships, you could join a new club this semester that completely alters your view of the school. Also, if you don't end up transferring, it helps to feel as if you have things you are excited to go back to next year − like friends, clubs and social events!
5. Try not to make your mind up too early.
I know it can be comforting to just decide you are going to leave − especially if that feels like the only option for your sanity − but try not to give up on the school. Assuming you are just going to leave is dangerous for many reasons. Firstly, assuming that you will be gone next year is risky as you could be stopping yourself from seeing something in the school that do you truly love. You did pick it for a reason. Secondly, the cold hard truth (that many of us learned last year) is that you may not get into the college you applied to, so it is important to continue building your life at your current school and do not just put all of your energy into leaving.
It can be so easy to have your heart set on transferring and to daydream about the possible amazing life you could have at your new transfer school. However, it is so very important that you do not completely give up on your current college. Even if you do end up transferring you do not want to leave with any regrets. You want to be able to look back and tell both yourself and others that you truly gave it your all.
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