Things to Do After Transferring

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Things to Do After Transferring

Congratulations!  You’ve finished your finals, accepted your offer, sent your thank-you cards, packed your bags, shed your tears, and now hopefully can catch your breath.  And catch a long one too.  But if you eventually find yourself bored skimming through BuzzFeed articles this summer, here are a few things you can do to ease your transition:

1.  Order 10-20 academic transcripts from your first-year institution.

This will save you a massive headache for the next 5-10 years.  I can’t tell you how many applications I sent out for research fellowships, summer internships, and graduate school admission requiring transcripts since your first college semester.  And every time I’d have to wait the 2-3 weeks for my Georgetown first-year transcript to be processed, sent, and delivered before my materials would be considered complete.  Avoid the nervous waiting game.  Order a bunch before you head back to school and have them handily filed in case attractive opportunities that need your grades confront you.

2.  Save your essays and syllabi.

This is especially important if you’re trying to receive transfer credits for some courses you completed during your first year of college.  Schools, and even departments, differ in their transfer credit policies—so make sure you send in whatever prerequisite materials before the deadline to avoid having to needlessly repeat a course.

3.  Do some leisurely research.

If you’re an incoming 2nd- or 3rd-year student, a whole bunch of neat opportunities awaits you that will require swift action.  If you’re keen on study abroad, fellowships, scholarships, programs, internships, or prizes, it won’t hurt to look up pre-requirements and sneaky deadlines, which you can easily find with one or two clicks on the Web.  Make note of these and slowly chisel away at them.  This should allow you to devote more time to focus on school and build new relationships.