I’m a 19 year old male transfer student.
I was a student at UC Riverside studying Business Administration from Fall 2019 for two years and then applied to transfer/got into UC Berkeley and UC Irvine. I decided to transfer to UC Berkeley to study Economics there this Fall 2021 back in May prior to the SIR deadline. But then, a couple weeks before going to UC Berkeley, I felt that UC Irvine would have been a much better fit for me so I requested UC Irvine’s admissions office to reinstate my admission, which they did for me. Unable to decide which school to pursue, I proceeded with UC Berkeley and my classes started on August 25th, 2021.
After having been at UC Berkeley for about 2-3 weeks now, I honestly really dislike it and wish I had picked another school, as I’m unhappy. Therefore, I’m considering either going to UC Irvine or returning to UC Riverside. At the moment, I have not formally withdrawn from UC Riverside and also still have an active SIR at UC Irvine. Additionally, I checked this, and I’m still able to enroll in classes etc at those two schools. Since classes at UC Berkeley already started, I would have to withdraw from the university rather than cancelling my admission. According to UC Berkeley’s L&S policies, it states:
“The withdrawal date will appear on the administrative transcript and all courses for the semester will be removed. The reason for withdrawal is confidential and does not appear on the official transcript.If you submit your form before the first day of instruction for the term, your request will be processed as a cancellation. There will be no notation of a cancellation on your transcript.”
I have plans of attending grad school for an MBA or Law school in the future and I’m worried that withdrawing from UC Berkeley would leave a black mark on my resume/transcripts. Additionally, I’m worried that withdrawing from UC Berkeley would change/negatively impact my admission/status at either UC Riverside or UC Irvine. The deadline to add/drop courses at UC Berkeley is September 15th, so there will be no trace of my actual classes on any transcript, but I wonder if my withdrawal from UC Berkeley itself will be a problem at UCR/UCI as well as any potential future graduate school applications.
Please give me advice on whether it’s a bad idea to withdraw at this point and pursue another school. I’m really concerned and don’t know what to do!
Thank you so much!!