Transferring from the UK (4-year uni) to a US California Community College - Better or worse?
Intro to my past year:
I'm an international student to both the US & UK. I have always imagined myself going into either a tough university (NYU, UCSD etc..) or a decent university with a fun sunny beachy life (UCSB, UCI, LMU..) to balance the experience, but unfortunately I haven't had the chance to attend either after high school, as I was not well prepared and I have also been very pressured to attend a university in the UK also as my father is not very fond of the idea of studying in the US - so I chose Cardiff for Mechanical Engineering.
At Cardiff I had to attend an Engineering Foundation Program that includes no English modules - only maths and technical subjects (which I have passed with what is considered as excellent scores - average of 80.2%). I still had the US in mind and have applied to 4 UC campuses, which I have been rejected by for either being a lower-division transfer with not enough credits or because they prioritize CCC student transfers.
Since I have completed a year in the UK I believe transferring to the US into a school with lower edu. Standards than Cardiff I would be pointless, therefore I would have to go through community college (as I would not be accepted next year for upperdivision aka junior level transfer either, without the general prerequisite requirements).
What are your thoughts on transferring from Cardiff into a Cali. community college to later on attend say ..a tough UC after having completed the foundation year? Do you think transferring into a tough school is worth wasting this year and possibly another semester (as it is Almost mid July now and colleges start mid August during fall) aka graduating in another 4.5 years rather than 3 and convincing my parents it is a good idea?
There are many reasons to why I haven't enjoyed the UK much but I could "push through" or I could move to Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) / Irvine Valley college (IVC), where I have applied and been accepted.
(Mom thinks it would be worth trying to convince my father to move only if it is something I really believe would be better for me and my sister/friends believes it would be a stupid decision and a step back as it would be better to do as well as I am doing now, in Cardiff, than move and possibly graduate later and with a messy background/grades.)
Help! Let me know what you think.