Anyone apply to transfer...then not go?

<p>Ok, so I'm at Cal, and it has not been the greatest 2 years (<-- understatement). I did my research, spent a lot of time on apps, and luckily, got into all 4 schools I applied to (Tufts, William and Mary, UCSD, UCSB). I was estactic for Tufts. I would LOVE to go there. However, I got my finaid package, and I can't go (major disappointment). </p>

<p>As for the other schools, I realized that W&M just isn't for me - I think. It'd just be too hard to go to VA, as a transfer, and for a school I'm not too sure about. SD is a just a no... My sister goes to SB, and that would be my reason to go there. But... I just don't want to. I love visiting her, but it's not the school I ever envisioned going to, or really want to go to. And so now, after all my work, I think I'm staying at Cal.</p>

<p>My question is - am I crazy for doing this? I'm not happy with my decision, but I feel like it's the best option. Has anyone else/did anyone else go throught the transfer process, only to stay? How did it work out? Anyone else been accepted into their <em>dream</em> school only to realize that the finaid isn't enough?</p>

<p>I feel like things will look up for me, I'm changing my housing situation etc, but I'm just not sure... advice, anyone?</p>

<p>Academically, you will be best by staying at Cal. Things happen - ppl apply for transfer and turn down the schools all the time.</p>

<p>off topic, but brand what is happening with you and wustl and wesleyan?</p>

<p>aelles, why don't you like cal?</p>

<p>maybe - I'm waiting on Wesleyan: decisions May 15th. WashU has been generous but I look forward to the 15th.</p>

<p>have u decided b/w UVA and UMich yet? I'd pick based on fit, personally, as they're equal to most ppl.</p>

<p>socalgal20 - I could go into detail about why I don't like cal, but the jist of it is that I just haven't found my "niche" here. I got put into suites, for both of my years here, and the living experience has been very isolating. I've tried LOTS of organizations/clubs/sports and none of them produced real connections with other students. I'm not a loner psycho, I think I just got REALLY unlucky with housing and haven't found anything that works since. I've really tried to make it work, but it's been hard, and that's why I worked so hard to get out. 2 years of this was enough. But who knows, hopefully next year will be better, I'll be living in I-House, and that's supposed to be really social. Academic wise, I wasn't too keen on large classes/red tape, either. </p>

<p>brand_182, good luck with wes, I looked into there, too. (but ended up not applying. looks like an awesome school though)</p>

<p>Cal is a really beautiful place. I hope you find you're place on campus. </p>

<p>I also applied to transfer schools but I will also most likely stay put.</p>

<p>haha no those aren't my decisions... i just commented on someone's thread who had that choice. michigan is too cold for me to ever want to go there :)</p>

<p>ahh oops are you applying anywhere this year?</p>

<p>I got into my dream school last year and didn't go (the financial aid wasn't good, but that was only a small part of why I stayed put). The result? I don't regret it at all. I have had an amazing year and I'm so happy to have been here for two years instead of one. Now I'm transferring again, this time probably for good - though who really knows, I'm such a waffler. :)</p>

<p>Had the worst first semester ever, but then was able to move housing. Everything changed for the better, and now I really like my school. So even though I put into a lot of effort to tranfer, I am now 95% going to stay put.</p>