4 Tips to a Great Start as a Transfer Student

A new semester has come upon us once again. As a transfer student, this can be a tough time. You may not know where you fit in, have many (if any at all) friends, be familiar with the school, etc. All of these reasons may even cause you to dislike a school and forget all of the great reasons why you chose to transfer to this great school.

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The REAL Transfer Student FAQ’s

Many colleges’ “Frequently Asked Questions for transfer students” left me with several still-unanswered questions related to the transfer process. Although some of these can be found by doing a thorough digging through their website and Google, having them more accessible would be a huge help. Additionally, it’s difficult to distinguish transfer information from freshman information.

As a transfer student, these are some questions that I think should be included in all FAQ’s for transfers. Continue reading “The REAL Transfer Student FAQ’s”

Combat First Year Speed Bumps

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Transferring is complicated. Even before you step foot onto your new campus, you are filling out applications, writing essays, and speaking to your mentors and advisors. When you get to campus, the transition period can be difficult to manage. Below, I’ve listed some scenarios that may have happened during your first year, and offer tips on how to bounce back from these difficulties:

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5 Painless Steps to Petition for Transfer Credit

Learn how to submit additional information to your transfer institution so that they re-evaluate courses completed at your previous institution.

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You’ve been accepted into your dream school, maybe even already sent in your enrollment deposit. You receive another notification from them, and you excitedly open it—it’s your credit evaluation! As you begin to read through your list of previously completed courses, your face begins to drop: Continue reading “5 Painless Steps to Petition for Transfer Credit”

5 Steps to Your Dream School

You have a dream school. Tuition costs, on the other hand, are definitely not a dream you were hoping for. I want you to know that you can make any school your dream school. It may require a little extra work on your part instead of relying on the college/university to hand you opportunities, but why pay someone else (via tuition) to do that work when you are fully capable to doing the work yourself and can keep a couple extra thousand in your pocket?

First off, before I tell you anything else, you need to have a positive outlook on even the worst of the worst colleges/universities. Being regretful or negative about something won’t change anything, so why waste your time continuously despising a subpar option when you can make the best of it? It may sound difficult, but here’s how you can create a glass half full when the glass is half empty:

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