Have you spent the last 2 years looking ahead, knowing exactly what school you want to go to or are you currently completely lost with graduation steadily approaching, having no clue what to do? Hopefully, you fall somewhere in the middle! [although the first option doesn't sound too bad...] Transferring can be a nerve wrecking process that leaves students in limbo until those magnificent envelopes arrive to alleviate your anxiety, letting you know if you were accepted into your schools of choice.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: everyone who has gone to college has gone through this!
While not all students transfer, all college students still apply, send all their necessary documents, collect recommendations and await a reply.
There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself for transferring! Not only is it a good idea to look into schools early, but make sure your grades are something you’re proud to send off to schools. Be aware that your choices here really do make a difference. Doing well at CCBC gives you a better edge when it comes to the next step school! It’s no secret that schools like students who show clear dedication to their studies!
To give you a basic idea of what you can do: Last year, I attended the transfer fair on the Essex campus, came to some information sessions hosted by the Honors Program, and toured 12 schools. I applied to 10 schools, sent out transcripts galore, asked professors, advisers and friends for advice and some of them for recommendations. While I know I prepared all I could, I’m still in the same boat waiting for those responses.
Even if you aren’t graduating in the Spring, I highly suggest you attend information sessions, transfer fairs and attend campus tours. A school can look great on paper, but when you’re on campus you get a whole other vibe. Or the opposite can happen and you can find a school where you fit in perfectly! In either case, isn’t it better to know early than to spend time and energy preparing to transfer to a Wrong Fit School? Thankfully, CCBC offers some great information throughout the year and holds transfer fairs every semester!
The transfer fairs happening in March are:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: Student Services Center, Room 100
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: College Community Center, 1st Floor lobby
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday, March 24, 2014
Location: College Community Center, 2nd floor lobby
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For more information, check out the other events, college visits and support available at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/advising/transfer_events.html