This is a blog written by our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Samantha, from Ferris State
I was fresh out of high school at Michigan State University – my dream school. I was out of my hometown, ready to begin a new life and have an amazing time at a big school. I wanted to get a business degree all my life – it always seemed to be the right fit. But after deciding I wanted to fetch a career in PR after being glued to The Hills and The City (like many other PR girls!), I realized I had two choices: stay at my dream school and get only a specialization in PR with a Communications degree, or transfer to a small school in a small town to get an education in PR with a business degree.
Here are some key points in deciding to transfer schools:
1). Can you afford it? Lucky for me, Ferris State University was still in state and had a cheaper tuition than Michigan State. Cost for me wasn’t a real factor, but for many other college students, it’s a very big one. Be sure to talk with your parents or loan co-signers to see what your options are. Also, don’t forget about potential scholarships. If you transfer schools, will your scholarships stay or go?
2). Are you willing to take the good with the bad? I am not a small town girl (I did just intern in NYC this summer) and I really hate being so far away from family and friends. However, Big Rapids, Michigan was 3 hours away from my hometown. As far as it being a small town, all I have to say is that there is a decent sized population of Amish and the nearest mall is an hour away. For me, a good education in my dream career was my main focus. On the other hand, for some, they can’t deal with the separation and such a big change. Taking the good with the bad is something everyone will have to do in life, but some changes may be too much for people to accept.
3). Are you sure this is what you want to do? How unfortunate would it be if you transferred schools only to realize that the reason you transferred fell through? What if you wind up hating the path your taking and your “dream career” isn’t really for you? Before you jump the gun, do an extensive amount of research on the school, the career path you’ve chosen, and schedule an appointment with the new school’s adviser(s) or program coordinator(s).
Here are a few transfer tips to keep in mind:
- Do not transfer schools just because your significant other goes there.
- If you are planning on transferring, be sure you talk to the right people to switch over financial aid, cancel classes, and cancel you from on campus housing.
- Set up a campus tour to see your potential new school first hand.
- Go on the school’s Facebook page and get in contact with current students on campus and in your desired program.
Transferring to Ferris State was the best decision I’ve made for my career. I’m getting an outstanding education from one of the best PR programs in the country while getting a business degree. I’ve already had two amazing internships and I just started my third (and I just started my junior year!). Sure, I miss sitting in the Izzone at Michigan State and having to rely on the buses to get to class, but all in all, education comes first; even if it means making some big sacrifices to get the one you want.