3 Lessons to Learn about Friendships in College

Re: 10 awkward friendships you probably have

A couple months ago, I read an article about friendships here that really resonated with me. Skeptically, I shared it around to see whether others felt the same, and discovered that a lot of the ideas hold true. Here are some important lessons to remember about friendships in college, related to the article:

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Comparing College Career Paths

Despite my younger sister being two years behind me in high school, we’ll be graduating from college at the same time. Have I spent an extra two years pursuing my Bachelor’s? Luckily, not quite.

Before enrolling at college, I took a year-long gap year off from school. My sister, on the other hand, immediately started college when she graduated from high school.

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I Regret Transferring to Temple University

Warning: This post is not meant to bash Temple University in any way. If I’m being completely honest, it simply isn’t the best fit for me personally.

You’re probably thinking “Woah, that’s a hefty title!” Well, transferring from a small two-year college to a ridiculously large university with 38,000 times the students was quite a hefty change!

“Then why make such a hefty change?” you may ask. One word: finances.

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4 Ways to Be Less Lonely as a Transfer Student

Many times, the hardest part for transfer students is when loneliness strikes – splitting from friends and having to make new friends is no easy feat. Today, I want to provide some less silly ways to meet people besides walking up to them and asking “Do you want to be friends?”

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A Grateful Guest

In this guest blog post, Kirk shares his own experience as a transfer student from a unique perspective—having seen his twin go off to college, and as an older student. 

When I first came to State College, Pennsylvania, I was not there as a prospective student, but a supporting brother; my twin, Luke, was attending a summer orientation session full of mysterious acronyms and peppy undergrads, and I was merely a bystander. As a person who had enjoyed a quiet childhood in a small town that had been my home since birth, Penn State’s sprawling and regal campus felt alien and intimidating. However, even whilst being shuttled from place to place, losing my sense of direction with every change of location, the experience was warming and ultimately fueled my desire to visit my brother multiple times a year and eventually transfer there as a junior myself.

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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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6 Reasons To Stop Transferring

I’m currently in the process of transferring to my second college in the last year. As you may or may not know, I graduated from Manor College a year ago, after which I immediately transferred to Moravian College. For several reasons, I decided Moravian wasn’t the best fit for me, and after taking a semester off, I am in the process of transferring to Temple University. I need to stop.

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This is why transferring is a mess:

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