Congratulations! You've started college! With the right mindset, the college years can be some of the best of your life. But guess what? No one simply hands you a great life; it still requires effort. College can be hard. Many people have trouble coping at first. Here are some things to keep in mind while you make countless new lifestyle choices about whether or not you want to transfer to a different college or heaven forbid, drop out of college.
The first reason to reconsider transferring is you don't like your roommate. For many students, this is their first opportunity to have to live and share space with a stranger. You may have done it at camp but it was only for a short period of time.
The day in day out of getting adjusted to someone new can be an experience all in itself, but it is necessary. In the real world, you will enter the workforce and be with your co-works oftentimes more than you are with your family. Things will get personal, and attitudes will become touchy at times but you have to learn to work it out. You can either try to bond with your college roommate or simply stick it out and put in a roommate change request for the next semester.
Secondly, you don't want to transfer simply because your school is too hard and you're getting bad grades. Embrace the challenge. College or University level training is supposed to be higher than what you were accustomed to producing in high school. This will be the bar anywhere that you attend. Make the adjustments in your schedule for less social activities and more studying until you get a grip on the new educational expectations.
Thirdly, reconsider transferring because you are homesick. The majority of first-year freshmen experience homesickness and feelings of isolation, this is normal. It can be a tough adjustment for many but college is meant to help prepare you for life on your own, independent and it begins here.
Fourth, some students consider transferring schools because of a love relationship that they are involved in. Unfortunately, situations and people change. Feelings do not remain the same. Transferring schools just because you are “in love” is not the wisest thing to do.
If you were involved before you entered school why did you make the decision to separate in the beginning? On the other hand, if the relationship is new…it needs to prove itself. If the feelings and commitment are pure and strong the relationship will be able to withstand some distance. Look forward to spring, summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday break to be together.
We get it; college is expensive and transferring to a less expensive college, such as a community college may save you some bucks, but before you pack up your belongings, talk to the Financial Aid office to see what additional funding may be available for you to stay. They can help you apply for scholarships and grants to help with the cost of tuition, textbooks, room, and board.
Hopefully, as you reviewed these “wrong” reasons to transfer college/universities you will take time to reconsider your situation a little longer. Here's some more reading material to you to consider before transferring colleges: