Does my situation warrant Transfer?
I am a current freshman at USC. My home is in Maryland.
Throughout my life I've had aspirations of attending Law School, and since being in college these first couple months I've become even more interested in this idea.
Here at USC, classes aren't easy, and being an Industrial Engineering major isn't making things better. I realize I am still acclimating to college, but I just don't think attaining anywhere near a 3.5 is realistic, much less a 3.7-3.8
Now, my sister is a current Junior at a small college in PA, meaning I am receiving great financial aid this year and expect the same to continue next year. As soon as she graduates, however, I will be extremely close to full pay, meaning it will be about 50k with the rest being loans. This isn't going to be easy, and I'm not even certain it is possible.
Here comes the question. Should I transfer into UMD-College Park?
This would solve the financial issue: 22k cost of attendance (full pay) which is slightly less than the very doable amount I'm paying with financial aid here at USC.
This would also put me in classes with people who are, GENERALLY, not as motivated and competitive, therefore making better grades easier to come by and consequently putting that law school admission a little bit closer.
I know law schools don't care where you do your undergrad, they just want to see that high gpa and a great LSAT. Knowing this, I feel like the logical option would be to switch to a school where I don't have to work (more study time), I accumulate no debt (more money for law school), and I have a little easier shot at that ideal 3.8
My only concern: If I decide that Industrial Engineering is what I want to stick with (unlikely), USC is one of the few schools that offers this major. No Maryland schools do, to my knowledge, and UMDCP certainly doesn't.
Can anybody contribute any advice or comments?