Greetings squadlings! As many of you know, I currently attend the community college in my hometown, which is the site of one of the best schools in the country. I plan on transferring out of said community college, NOT to the school in my hometown, in the spring. Having wrapped up my first year of college at a community college as a Liberal Arts Transfer student, I decided to throw together ten things all transfer students need to know.
1. Get ‘er done.
Wrap up your general education credits as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have a major picked out (I don’t), knock out as much math, English, and Humanities credits as you possibly can before you transfer. That way, once you get to the school you want to transfer to, you can start on your major requirements ASAP.
2. You will be jealous of your friends who go to four-year schools.
While all your friends are talking about the amazing new friends they made and how disgusting their dorm bathroom is, you’ll be talking about how your dog finally learned how to roll over. You’re going to be jealous of them. You won’t get the freshman experience that your friends get. You also won’t get the debt they get, either. *rap air horn noises play quietly in the background*
3. You’ll feel like you don’t go to a “real school”.
Spoiler alert: You do. It may not feel like it, while all your friends moved away and you stayed home, but you do go to a real school. You’re getting the exact same education your friends at four-year schools are getting. You’re just doing it differently.
4. You will get sick of it. Fast.
Whether you go to a school in your hometown or close by, you’re going to get sick of it. All your friends will be in new cities, with new people, doing new things, and you’ll be stuck in the same town you’ve lived in for 18 years. It’s boring. It always will be. That’s how hometowns are. You’re going to want to get out, and soon.
5. Get a job, even if it doesn’t pertain to your major.
Trust me, you’re going to want the extra cash. Even if you’re waitressing when you’re a Bio major, just get a job. Seriously.
6. Get a bus card. For the love of God, get a bus card.
Even if you have your license, get a freakin’ bus card. Usually, if there’s a community college, there’s a four-year university near by. The busses will go to the hotspots on the “big campus.” It’s a lot easier to get there by bus than dragging your backpack down the road with your best friend.
7. Don’t ignore the people you went to high school with.
Odds are, people from your high school are doing the exact same thing you’re doing. If you happen to have a class with them, or see them in the hall, don’t ignore them. Say hi. Ask them how they’re doing. Trust me. A girl I went to high school with, who I never even talked to in high school, ended up being my best friend because we go to the same school. TALK TO THEM.
8. Figure out where you want to transfer, and visit it.
If you don’t have a place set in stone, look around. If you have a place set in stone, like I do, go there. Visit it as many times as you can. Stay overnight on campus with friends if you can. GO THERE. Get used to the campus before you call it home.
9. Start your apps early.
Once the time comes to transfer, start your application early. You don’t have to submit it, but start it as soon as you can. You’ll have more time to overlook it and change it before you submit it.
10. Appreciate your time at home, because it’s going to end sooner than you think.
Appreciate your time with your mom, dad, annoying siblings, and pets. Soon, you’ll be seeing them once a month if you’re lucky. I don’t know how I’m going to live without my dogs, so I have to spend all the time I can with them now. Appreciate home cooked meals, because dining hall food isn’t that great. Appreciate your own bed and your shower, because dorms are wild. Don’t take it for granted.
Best of luck, squadlings.