Entering college for the first time can be a scary thing. New people, new atmosphere, new area--it can be a frightening place. But can you imagine doing it all over again? Transferring colleges is like becoming a freshman once more. New people—new atmosphere—new campus…
Transferring from IUP to Queens College was one of the scariest decisions I’ve ever made. Going from a small town college to a large city college can be a terrifying experience.
When I first stepped on campus, I felt like a fish out of water. I was completely out of my comfort zone, but strangely…I liked it. I was pushing myself to greater heights, which made me a stronger person. After a full week of school, I love my college! I’m glad I transferred, and certain things helped me adjust faster.
Just like the doctor said, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. So smile! The last thing you may want to do is just that, but it may actually help you. It can help you feel better--and it lets people know you’re friendly, making it easier to meet people. No one wants to talk to Mr. or Mrs. Frowny Sad Face. You might even draw the attention of a cute guy or girl.
2. Get Lost
People are afraid to get lost. My first day of classes, I got lost three times. And when I was lost, of course it rained—heavily. When I finally found my way, I resembled a wet dog. Of course I was upset at the time, but now I just laugh about it. Getting lost sometimes helps you become familiar with your surroundings quicker. Just after a week, I know the whole campus.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask
If you do really get lost, and can’t find your way around, ASK SOMEONE. Lots of people are afraid to ask—either out of pride or thinking they might look stupid or dumb for asking for directions. But you have to learn to open your mouth. The average person will be nice, and help you. If not, ask someone else. Learning to read people can help a lot. Don’t ask someone who looks like they’re mad or angry or not in a good mood. Plus if you’re a lady—most guys won’t even mind helping you. When I got lost one time, this guy actually walked me to class, and his class was in the opposite direction.