By Gershon Harrell, student author
You’ve completed your first, second, or maybe just a semester of college. You realize the college you’re at isn’t working out. Maybe you want to change your major and your current school doesn’t offer what you are interested in, or perhaps you’re sick of feeling like you never left home because campus is literally five minutes away.
It’s late at night and you decide to look at other universities, and bam! You find the perfect one. You fill out the application, kick back and think all the work is done. Then you get the letter telling you all the stuff you need to send in. Don’t be surprised if your new school wants:
- SAT or ACT scores
- High school transcripts
- College transcripts
- An Essay (again)
You will also need to consider your financial aid. Your aid does not automatically transfer with you, so talk with your new school about what you need to do.
You have college credits for all the classes you’ve taken
If you’re worried your credits won’t transfer, look at the school’s guideline for transferring credits. When I was transferring schools that was something I was really nervous about. I went on my future schools website and read up on their guidelines. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with your future school either. They will answer your questions, especially if they have your transcripts to work from. One tip I can share is that your GPA does not transfer with you. So it’s like hitting the “restart button”!
Make sure the college you’re transferring to is really the right one for you
Plan a college visit. Transferring schools is a little like being a senior in high school all over again. Except now, you have a better idea of what you need to succeed and you know what questions to ask and what to look for. It can be scary, kind of like moving to another city or state. You don’t know anyone, you’re leaving all your old friends, it’s like you’re starting all over again.
I went to the University of Toledo my freshman year and the school was an amazing place. I had a lot of fun, to be honest, too much fun. I made lots of friends, but as for getting involved on campus, I didn’t do a lot of that. One of my goals for my new school was to get involved on campus.
The decisions we make are usually based in the reality of the choices we have
Being in high school was a hard time for me. I was trying to find out who I was, and what I wanted to be. The reality is, the University of Toledo was the only college that accepted me. In high school, I was focused on what people thought about me. There were a lot of changes going in my life. If you’re someone who doesn’t like change and takes a while to adapt, then you understand what I mean. No matter what you’re going through, no matter what internal or external conflict you may have, you have to keep going for the g0al.
I never had the intention of staying at the University of Toledo for the whole four years, I knew that I was going to transfer eventually. And transfer I did!
What was it about my new school I fell in love with?
I transferred to Kent State University, and I fell in love. It was the food, how small campus was, that it wasn’t far from home, but far enough to allow me to test my independence. It is here that I started to discover what I wanted from life and who I really am.
The best advice I can give college students who are looking to transfer:
- Do your homework and know the transfer requirements
- Get organized and know all the deadlines
- Participate in programs that help transfer students get involved on campus
- Don’t linger too much in the past – focus on the here and now and work toward your future
Gershon Harrell, Shon for short, is a sophomore at Kent State University with a major in journalism and minor in digital media production. Writing, telling stories, and spreading creativity is a huge passion of his. He is excited by the opportunity to work with College Navigation Hub to expand his horizon, help him become a stronger writer, develop media savvy skills, and gain experience working in a professional and creative environment. He also gets to do two of things he loves; writing and helping young college students like himself navigate their way through this beautiful but chaotic force we call life.