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Everybody has a reason for wanting to transfer colleges, and everyone who does transfer has to go through the entire process of applying to colleges again. Luckily, there is always the upside to these experiences. Transferring colleges can take a toll on people, but by the end of the process, you are finally able to understand what you need from a college and how you can grow in your new university.

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When you transfer, it can be difficult to make friends going into the second semester because everyone already has the friend groups that they made in the first semester. It is important to keep your head up and be as social as you can. Even though you are going to have a harder time making friends, people are always open to meeting new people. You just have to be willing to be involved and open-minded. A way to make this easier would be to join a club and go to the involvement fairs. I know it is common for people to say this, but as a freshman, there are always people who are going to want to help you have a good experience at your college.

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For me, coming to the University of Colorado Boulder was not easy as a freshman. I went from a small private school in Chicago to a large state school where the lecture halls had 300 students in them. If you are caught in a similar situation as me, be open to your advisors about it. They are always there for you to help you academically. You will be able to connect with people who can help you understand how to improve your academics, and you will have a better understanding of how to time manage your academics and have better studying tips. 

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Transferring colleges can help you in many ways that you may not have thought of, even if transferring was not your ideal scenario. Your first year can be difficult, so always reach out to people, whether it be people in your class that you would like to get to know better, or if it is someone that is your friend from your old college. This process is long and difficult, but always trust the process and trust your gut, because you will succeed academically and make those life-long friends.

Angelique is a Junior at CU Boulder studying Journalism with a double minor in Business and Communication. In her free time, you can find her looking for a new place to discover in Colorado.
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