I wish there were two ways to spell transfer student, because, like the difference between emigrating and immigrating, transferring to a university is a very different experience than transferring from one.
As I stated last November, I transferred out of TCU because I could no longer receive a BS in Broadcast Journalism there. At the time it felt like I was slapping myself in the face, but I am thankful that several close friends and family members shared their transfer stories with me. (To anyone in the process of transferring universities: you are simply going through a stage in life, and do not belittle yourself for choosing an alternative path towards graduation.)
It took several months deciding to where I would transfer, but I ultimately chose to attend the University of Missouri. (Note: While I made this decision months ago, I have yet to officially write about it.) I was leaning towards transferring to the University of Texas, but I am fortunate that my family pushed me to attend Mizzou, as it is an incredibly exciting school. In addition, it helped that I would have three wonderful roommates, I could socialize with my brother as much, or as little, as I desired, and, most importantly, the journalism program was considered the best in the nation.
Well, I moved across the country last month. It took a few weeks to adjust to my new environment, and then a few more weeks to become acclamated with my new coursework. However, I am finally calling CoMo my home, and cannot wait to begin updating y'all with my daily activities again.
I am excited to be learning from noted scholars. I am thrilled to be, once again, attempting to shed any remaining ethnocentric ideologies. But most importantly, I missed the vivacity that exists on university campuses. (I am not attempting to be elitist towards community colleges; rather, I am simply commenting upon the exuberant energy and passion among students and professors that are proud of their campus.)
Last fall I said that "I planed on using the spring semester to figure out my next move. And let me tell you right now, it will be great." I whole heartedly believe that I made a great decision. I have been waking up with a smile on my face every morning, because I love it here. Go Tigers.