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20 thoughts every transfer student can vibe with

It's equally nerve-racking and exciting.

Every year, over a third of American college students transfer universities. Students transfer for a plethora of different reasons, including wanting to go to a place that offers more financial aid to a place that has a more inclusive and vibrant student life.

I am a transfer student and my experience of starting afresh at a new university was both exhilarating and terrifying. But after talking to other transfer students, I realized that I was far from alone when it comes to having mixed emotions.

1. “Will my credits transfer?”

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I have spent at least ten hours on the phone with admissions trying to figure this out.

2.  “What classes do I need to take?”

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Will some courses that I took at my last university fulfill certain requirements? The world will never know.

3. “Everybody already knows each other.”

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Joe, Stacey and Bob already bonded by crying over Calculus I freshman year.

4. “When will I graduate?”

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I just want my degree! Also, university is expensive and I can’t be in school forever.

5. “Did I make the right decision by starting over?”

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Between course requirements, socializing and getting used to a new place – I am overwhelmed!

6. “I need to find where people get cheap food.”

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Can someone hook me up with some recommendations? I don’t want to eat only ramen.

7. “Is this event actually mandatory?”

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I want to take a nap. All these transfer orientation events are tiring.

8. “Somewhat concerned that I’ll have to leave this place too.”

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I want to find a place where I belong! What if this isn’t it?

9. “Should I get college merch for my family?”

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I already spent so much money buying sweatshirts and mugs at my last university.

10. “Is it too late to join clubs to get leadership positions?”

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I gotta build up that resume!

11. “I feel like a freshman again.”

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I don’t know what is happening! I feel like a baby.

12. “Should I lie about why I actually transferred?”

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Debating about whether I should tell people I just didn’t like my last school or give them a multiple page essay on how bad my experience was.

13. “I miss my friends.”

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One of the few things that I miss about my last school is the friends that I made.

14. “Where in the world are my classes?”

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This map is extremely unhelpful, and everyone is walking by me when I ask for directions.

15. “I should find other transfer students and befriend them.”

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Bonding over transfer student experiences can actually be helpful.

16. How does student health insurance actually work here?

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I’m sick and need to find a doctor.

17. What do people do for fun here?

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Should I go to house parties? Football games? Visit the therapy dog? I’m not sure.

18. “I actually know what I want to study now.”

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Trial and error at my last university are helping me figure out what my desired academic focus is.

19. “Some people here are really cool.”

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I miss my old friends, but I’ve also made new ones.

20. “I made the right decision by coming here.”

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My new university isn’t perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction when it comes to continuing my education.

Being a transfer student is definitely a unique experience, and a path that I did not expect to take when I started at my first university. Despite the stress and confusion, I’m glad that I transferred.