5 Bad Reasons to Transfer
If you’re thinking about transferring, make sure
it’s for a
good reason. Switching schools is often
frustrating - you’ll have a whole new campus culture to learn, and you may find
that not all of your credits will be recognized at the new school. Many students
who transfer end up regretting their decision. Here are a few potentially poor
reasons for leaving your current college . . .
Okay, love isn’t bad, but it can be a bad reason for changing schools. Ask
yourself if you’d be happy at the new school if your relationship were to end?
Also, don’t forget that college takes up only about 30 weeks of the year. With
the help of summers, breaks, and a few weekend visits, a strong relationship can
survive the distance.
Your School Is Too Hard
Most new college students struggle with their classes, and you’ll probably find
that any school you go to will have challenging reading and writing assignments.
The expectations in college are much higher than in high school, and calculus is
calculus wherever you go. If you want to succeed in college, you can’t run away
from the challenge. Instead, seek out campus services to help you beef up your
This is a tough one. The pain of separation and feelings of isolation can be
overwhelming. Realize, however, that an essential part of college is learning
how to live on your own. Nearly all first-year students deal with homesickness
in one form or another. If you find that you’re paralyzed by it, visit your
college’s counseling center before you start filling out a transfer application.
You Hate Your Roommate
Nothing can make college more miserable than the roommate from hell. But realize
that every residential college in the country has students who make lousy
roommates. If you’ve tried with no success to work out the problems with your
roommate, talk to your RA about a change. If a switch isn’t possible, realize
that you can choose a different roommate next year.
You Don't Like Your Professors
If you can actually find a school with no bad teachers, let me know and I’ll
create a feature article on About.com. Every college has a few people who never
should have been allowed in the classroom. Luckily, you can avoid these train
wrecks by choosing classes wisely. Talk with upper-class students and consult
faculty evaluation guides before choosing your classes in the future. On the
other hand, if all the faculty in your major are weak, that’s a situation that
might merit a transfer. Make sure your dissatisfaction is really because your
teachers are bad, not because you are failing to put in the effort necessary to
make classes rewarding.