It’s almost that time of year. That’s right—the holiday season is right around the corner.
It’s also a time when a lot of first-semester freshmen may be questioning whether they want to come back for a second semester or whether they want to transfer.
Before you make the jump to a different school, think before you leap by asking yourself these questions.
1. Do I enjoy my classes? If your professors and courses are top-notch, you may want to stick around. Remember that the main reason you’re at school is to get an education.
2. What specifically don’t I like about this school? Identify what the school is lacking and try to figure out a way to supplement the problem. If it’s the feeling that you don’t fit in, have you attempted to join any clubs? If so, make it a priority for the next semester. If there’s a way to fix the problem while staying at the school, try your best to stick it out.
3. Why would I be happier at a different school? Sometimes, the things you think you are getting away from follow you. If the problem is something internally, going to a new school may not be the answer.
4. What do I like about my current school? Will I be able to get the same amenities at another school? You chose this school for a reason. Analyze whether you still like the reasoning behind your decision. Did the school meet your expectations?
5. What have I gained from my first semester (if anything)? Take an inventory of your highs and lows, what you’ve learned about yourself. You may be gaining more than you know from the situation you’re in.
The best thing to remember when it comes to college is that everything is temporary. This is good to keep in mind when it comes to transferring schools because sometimes students leave a school before they really give it a chance. Feelings of homesickness, boredom, or frustration can often subside. The important thing is to get involved and to reach out to people who can help you make your college “home.”