Does anyone have experience with transferring out of a high ranked school into a less prestigious one? I’m in my freshman year here at USC and I don’t feel happy. There’s a few different reasons I’m considering transferring and would like to organize my thoughts and hopefully get some input.
When I first was accepted, I was ecstatic. I came in a trumpet performance major and I switched to undecided second semester, which meant that I lost a fair amount of scholarship money that I had received from the music school. USC is too expensive for me now; my parents aren’t too worried but considering I feel no direction with what I want to do I worry that we’re spending upwards of $60,000/yr for me to just take Gen Eds that I could be taking at a cheaper university.
I don’t really feel like I fit in here, it feels like a big party school and I’m really an introvert. There’s a ton of pressure to look good all the time and have a ton of friends. A year ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d feel this way but a lot has changed in my life since then. Since being with my boyfriend (he’s in a different state, so we’re long distance) I feel like I’ve really found myself and I no longer feel a desire to get a ‘college experience’, I just want to get started on my career and be financially responsible for my education and my future.
Of course being with my boyfriend also brings up thoughts of wanting to transfer to where he is (University of New Mexico) although it’s something I wouldn’t consider doing if I truly felt like USC was my place to be. I fear it might look bad for me to trade up USC for UNM, although I know it would be much more affordable and I would have the companionship and support that I really miss. We’ve both discussed it and are committed to each other long-term. I’m just conflicted because I wouldn’t hesitate to transfer if I went to just some state school, but USC feels like a big deal.
As you can tell my thoughts about this are scattered so I truly would appreciate any input. Thank you!