Despite my efforts to give this school my best shot, my doubts lingered all year and only worsened. By the end of the year, there was no doubt in my mind that this place was absolutely not where I was meant to be.
If you’re considering whether you should transfer colleges, allow me to offer some guidelines. It’s a big decision that you must take seriously and give careful thought to. But who knows, it could turn out to be the best decision you ever make, just like it did for me.
I can honestly say that truly was not why I wanted to transfer. In a nutshell, my real, honest-to-goodness reason for transferring was that I wanted to go to a Catholic college (which my former school was not). And for me, that was an excellent reason.
2. Explore your options thoroughly.
I recommend adopting this same mentality. Do some honest, thorough research on the schools you’re considering so that you can make a well-informed decision. Weigh all the pros and cons of staying where you’re at versus transferring to somewhere new. Make sure that another school is really going to be a better fit for you than your current school.
3. Talk to people who can offer unbiased insight.
So I talked to a friend who was in my exact situation, so she totally understood where I was coming from. I called the admissions offices of the schools I was looking into and collected as many facts as possible. I talked to my best friend, whose opinion I value because she’s always honest and real with me.
Talking to other people, if you can, will help you immensely in examining your motives, weighing your options, and getting an outside perspective.
4. Take it to prayer.
And work it out He did. Seriously, everything just fell into place, from the major details to the littlest details. Suffice it to say that God made it abundantly clear that transferring to my alma mater was the path He wanted me to take.
Be prayerful about deciding whether to transfer colleges, because it’s a big decision and you want to make sure you’re following God’s will. Ask God to direct your steps, point you in the right direction, and lead you down the path He has laid out for you. Tell Him what your desires are, and ask Him to indicate whether or not He wants this for you.
Always make following God’s will your #1 goal and remember that God knows exactly what is best for you.
5. Make the decision that is best for you.
I knew how much my parents didn’t want me to transfer colleges, but I also knew in my heart and gut that transferring was the right decision and I was ready to do it anyways. Thankfully, my parents had a change of heart and ended up being in full support of my transfer (one example of how God worked everything out for me).
Keep in mind that you’re an adult and that this is about your college education, and go from there. Some people in your life won’t understand your decision, or will disapprove of it, or will think all the wrong things because of it. But don’t let that get to you.