Advice on the end of freshman year
I am currently a freshman at Georgetown University. I did well in high school, Georgetown was my first choice going into my senior year, and I was accepted early.
However, I have had depression on and off since the beginning of my senior year, and in the spring I had a change of heart and told my parents I wanted to take a gap year, which they refused because I didn't have time to plan it. Since I have been at college it has become increasingly more difficult to deal with my emotions, and although so far I have been able to keep up academically and socially, it is taking a serious toll on me. I am considering a medical leave of absence-what I would really like is some time off with no stress where I can focus on fixing the things that have been plaguing me and also maybe do something really cool-travel, community service etc.
I also have had a serious change of heart about Georgetown-I know it seems it is early to judge, especially with my depression coloring my opinion of it-but I am positive from vibes that this is not the place for me. There are parts that I love-the city of D.C, a few professors and classes, but I want to go somewhere completely new and diverse, where I am surrounded by completely different people who are unlike me, and not dominantly preppier and wealthier. Georgetown also doesn't have the strongest department in what I am interested in studying, and not a huge focus on anything besides politics. I just want the option to be able to not come back here next year.
My questions essentially are:
1) If I were to leave after the fall semester, how would that work with applications? Would I apply to schools as a freshman, or as a transfer student, or would I not be able to do either?
2) If I were to leave right now (mid fall semester) would I apply as a freshman/transfer or neither?
3) Would my best option be to take a shortened leave but otherwise stick out my freshman year and apply to transfer after?
My parents are aware and want to do what is best for me, but we are all worried if I leave I will be stuck in a strange sort of limbo as far as transferring goes.
Thank you for your help!