5 things every transferring student needs to know

So you’re getting ready to transfer to a four-year college or university next semester and, like many students in the same boat, you’re probably freaking out for a variety of reasons. We’re here to take some of the stress off your shoulders. Here are five things that will prepare you to make the next big leap.

  1. Map out a plan

Make a list of schools that have your major or program, then break it down from there. How many of your credits will get transferred to your next college of choice? The more credits the better. This process will help you stay organized and will avoid any complications down the line.

  1. You aren’t alone. Talk to people.

Suffolk County Community college itself offers a lot to students who are transferring. The Campus Counseling Center is a great resource for those who aren’t sure which step to take first. The counselors are there to sit down with you and help you through this process. Same goes for professors and even other students.

Jenna Berte, a former SCCC student who transferred to the University of Delaware in 2018 said, “I did most of the work with my transferring process. If I needed help, I contacted professors I was close with or advisors that I knew would help me at Suffolk.” Do not be afraid to talk to people. And especially don’t miss out on the Ammerman Campus Counseling Center’s Spring 2018 Transfer Day this Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Babylon Student Center’s Montauk Point Room. You can meet with representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities, pick up brochures and ask questions about the institutions, their curricula, and the application process.

  1. Don’t be afraid of change.

You’re finally going to leave Suffolk County Community college and move onto bigger and better things. Don’t get me wrong, SCCC is great, but it’s nothing compared to other colleges. I transferred out of a college in Fredonia and came here to Suffolk, now this process is starting all over again for me. I wasn’t afraid of change and you shouldn’t be either. Change, after all, is inevitable.

Maria Savino, a student from John Jay who transferred here to Suffolk said, “My advice to anyone that is going to transfer in the future is, do not be scared of change. You will miss what you left behind, but what is coming is far better because it’s one step closer to all you have dreamed of. Enjoy the process and the journey.”

  1. It’s a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one.

There are a lot of different elements and series of questions within this process. Am I choosing the right school? Can I afford this school? Will they accept me? Stop. Breathe. You got this.

Berte said to her, “The transferring process wasn’t necessarily difficult as it was stressful. It was stressful trying to figure out what classes would transfer over to the university I’m at now and whether or not they’d be of any use to me when I got here to University of Delaware. It was tedious and most of the stress is on you to figure out deadlines and transfer information.” You can’t expect any situation leading you to your future to be simple. That’s just how life works.

  1. Enjoy the ride. Everything is going to be OK.

When I transferred to Suffolk, I wasn’t sure I was making the right decision. But now, I am graduating this semester with a degree and then attending another school to get another degree. You must trust your instincts and always follow your heart. I promise everything will be okay. This is your journey and honestly, it’s only the beginning of it. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride. It’ll be a good one.



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