“I think I might have to transfer back”

Staring at my awful grades, those were the words that kept replaying in my mind… It was in that moment that I realized that my days of partying, going out, and not studying had finally caught up with me. I busted my tail transferring schools and never would I ever have imagined thinking about transferring back.

I’ll be the first to admit that transferring back is not the ideal solution, but sometimes it might be the only solution worth taking. You worked so hard to get to where you are now so transferring back will make it seem like it’s all been for nothing. Before you make a decision I urge you take into consideration a varying number of factors that could potentially affect your answer.

1. How are my grades?

How are you doing in school? Are you doing stellar and getting A’s, subpar and getting B’s & C’s, or awful and getting D’s and F’s? If you nodded your head to the latter rather than the former then you should probably think about transferring in the back of your head. Of course there’s always time to study and improve your grades but you don’t want to wait until the end of your junior year and still see those D’s.

2. Can I afford this school?

I know of too many people coming into their first year of college with JUST enough for that year. Sometimes making the leap from one school to another can almost double or even triple the tuition cost (e.g. in-state public school vs. out of state private school). The last thing you want plaguing your mind while at another school is “how am I going to pay for next year?” The loan virus has already affected too many college kids; you don’t want to be the person who spends the next 20 years paying off debt do you? Its all well and good to attend a new school for a year to get a feel for it. But if they’re charging $50,000 and you feel like you’re getting the same education as you were getting back at home, then it’s probably not worth it.

3. Am I making enough progress?

One of the reasons I decided to transfer schools to San Francisco was because, as an advertising major, I was coming into the start-up hub of the country. I told myself I was going to get internships and make waves, but a couple of months went by and I got nowhere. I want you to ask yourself that same question. Are you just wasting your time? Do you have a purpose? Are you here for the right reasons?

No one can make this decision except for you. If you end up transferring back don’t ever feel like you’re a “failure” — it just wasn’t right.

Would you ever transfer back?