Currently an OOS freshman studying at Virginia Tech. I’ve been here just shy of a month, and not to be dramatic, but I am wildly unhappy here. I applied last minute in the spring, visited in April, and committed. I had no clue were I wanted to go to school, and I decided on VT pretty much because it seemed like the lesser of all evils. I loved the campus when I visited, and I would have instantly committed after my visit - but the school just seemed so big. I thought I could look past it, but I know realize that I can’t.
One of my issues and selection criteria is my sport - I ride horses, and I’m looking to be on a competitive and rigorous riding team while at college. I chose VT for a few reasons, but a big one was the equestrian coach and the program that was represented. To be honest, I know feel that the program was misrepresented and it is far from what I want.
During the admissions cycle last year, my top choices were all over the place. I applied to nearly 20 schools, and finally narrowed my choices down to Dickinson College, UC Davis, Centenary University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Vermont. Trust me, I know how different these are across the board! I loved Dickinson, and though Carlisle was relatively sleepy, I thoroughly enjoyed the campus. UVM was perfect on paper, and I loved Burlington, but I couldn’t picture myself in the riding program that they had.
I definitely do not think that I can spend the whole year at Virginia Tech, and so I would like to transfer for the spring semester. I would love some suggestions if anyone has some insight - ideally, I am looking for a competitive and serious equestrian program (I am not interested nor good enough for University of Georgia, Auburn University or schools in that division), a cute/interesting college town (or near a city), a smaller feel than VT, and somewhere that is realistic to get into. I had a 3.6 from a college prep high school, a 30 ACT, and concentrated extracurriculars, so competitive schools aren’t really on my radar.
I would appreciate any help - I know this is kind of a niche topic/question on CC, but I’m just looking for some guidance! I’m terribly afraid of making the wrong choice for school again, I feel like I can’t lose anymore time. Thank you!