Enter your last year of high school, where people tell you to find a college that “feels like home.” What they don’t tell you is that it’s okay if the first school you choose is not the school for you, or that transferring schools is okay.
For me, finding the right college didn’t happen until the end of my freshman year at a different university than the College. When I was a junior in high school, I thought I had it all figured out. I would go to culinary school, major in baking and pastry as well as journalism and become a food writer. I was sure I found my passion. When I received my acceptance letters from Johnson and Wales University as well as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, I was overcome with joy. In the end, I decided on Johnson & Wales.
Enter my senior year of high school when a huge decision changed my course of action for what college I would attend. My best friend is a vegan and inspired me at the time to go vegan as well. When I made this decision, I realized I couldn’t become a chef and cook food I did not eat or agree with. I dropped the major in baking, but Johnson & Wales University did not have the new major I wanted. The deadlines were over for other schools and I had to make a decision. In the end, my choice was Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
When my parents dropped me off on freshman move in day, my mom said to me, “It’s okay if you want to transfer. Experience the school, see how you like it, and if you don’t, then we will find the right school for you. It will all be okay,” as she hugged me one last time. I remember thinking to myself that I would soon come to enjoy the school.
It was during my first semester that I realized I wanted to transfer. Indiana University of Pennsylvania was not for me. There was nothing to do in the small city of Indiana, which led to too many boring nights. When I found the College of Charleston, I knew I had to apply and attended this school. I remember calling my mom on the phone and crying to her that I was accepted to The College. I could envision myself walking through the beautiful campus, falling in love with the city and having the beach so close to my fingertips.
Fast forward to now – I am currently a junior here at the College and could not be happier. The College of Charleston challenges me academically and has so many opportunities for students that sometimes it overwhelms me. I found my home away from home. I’m here to tell you that even though it took me longer than most people to find the right school, it still happened regardless. Trust yourself and trust the experiences you’ve gone through. They will never steer you wrong.