I currently go to Oxford College of Emory and am transferring because this place is heavy on pre-professionalism and I’m sick of being asked “are you pre-med?” and “are you pre-bus?” more than “what’s your major?” I can tell that the majority of people I talk to look down upon me for being an English major, and it’s pretty depressing considering I was having doubts about it in the first place. To add on, the school is a total ghost town on weekends, is in the middle of nowhere, and has barely any niche clubs. Yet, I can’t exactly fault the academics because they are strong and they have what I want, even if the way it is structured purposely tries to prevent students from becoming pre-med and makes it extremely difficult for humanities students to take serious science courses.
Also, since Oxford feeds into Emory College, I’ll be on a new campus by my junior year. I could wait it out, but I don’t WANT to, and honestly, I’ve heard similar things about the Emory campus. Socially I’m doing well, extracurriculars have been going great (I joined clubs related to humanities as well), and I’ve gained a lot of confidence and leadership abilities, but sometimes I feel so alienated by most of the student body for simply not being pre-professional that I cry. Even most of the humanities students are pre-law. I’m applying to competitive schools (Barnard, Brown) and also looking for some less competitive liberal arts schools, but I don’t know if this is a good enough reason to transfer. I tried to structure my essay in a way where I emphasize what I have gotten out of the experience and Oxford’s lack of course selection / difficulty for humanities students to take sciences, but when my friend friend at a different school read it they couldn’t tell what the big deal was. I ended up rewriting a rough draft with my true feelings of not belonging that still discuss what I’m grateful for about this school, but I feel like it’s way too personal and whiny.
Can I justify transferring from a good school if my biggest problem is campus culture, and it is a campus I will be leaving in two years anyway?