Well you did it… you made the decision to transfer schools and are set to start at your new college or university. There are hundreds of reasons to change schools, but no matter the reason, you are the “new kid” all over again, and it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed in the process. Here are some pointers that should make it a little easier.
Act like a freshmen, sort of
New student orientation may feel like a waste of time since you have already been to college, but these events are vital in preparing you for what is about to come. No matter how much research you did on your college, there is no way you will know everything. These events are designed to get you that information, and will hopefully allow you to make some friends in the process.
Learn the Culture
Every college has their own way of doing things, and by being conscious of the vibe on campus you will be able to thrive in your new environment. This is not to say that you need to change yourself to fit in, but by learning the rules of the game, you can choose how you want to fit in.
Dive Right In
The start of the college year is very exciting, and there are countless opportunities for you to get involved. The fact that you are a transfer student doesn’t mean that you can’t join clubs just like a freshman would. In fact, as a transfer student, you can bring instant maturity to a club or organization that many first-time freshmen haven’t developed yet.
This is your chance to start fresh and choose the direction you want your experience to go. College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so don’t waste any of it trying to be someone you are not. Be true to yourself, and everything else will take care of itself.Are you looking to transfer to great university? The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christ-centered learning community in Central Texas. Stop by for a visit to see if UMHB is a fit for you.