By M.J. Callahan
Going to college is a scary, but exciting, process. You’re faced with jargon and procedures unique to each university.
A junior college or community college is a great place to get your feet wet; however, when you transfer it seems you have to start the process all over again.
You can start getting your GPA ready early by getting in touch with your transfer university and preparing your application long before you’re ready to transfer.
At this college, your first copy of your transcript is free, but after that it’s a $10 processing fee.
I’ve gone to four colleges. I did dual credit in high school. I attended a four-year university and attended a junior college for summer credits before coming to this college.
Now that I am transferring, I realized I need to make sure the transcripts from all of those schools read correctly. I wanted to double-check them before I spent a lot of money. So I used the one free transcript and sent it to myself, receiving a copy of my transcript the same way my transfer university would receive it, by mail.
I ordered them all on the same day. But after waiting for all of them to come, I got a glimpse of the process, watching some come in quickly and others take weeks.
Please note, sometimes your official transcript doesn’t match your unofficial transcript.
Being able to see the transcripts and understanding what the transfer university would see was a great help.
I could figure out what the schools I was considering would take, and what they wouldn’t, narrowing it down to two or three colleges I knew I could get into with my GPA and courses.
Because of my transcripts, I was not caught off-guard when I received my acceptance letter.
If I had not requested them, I would not have been able to rule out several other universities that in my mind were a good idea, but with my transcripts and my goals were out of my reach.
I was originally thinking of transferring out of state, but Texas law requires that the core from one state school be transferable to the core of another state school; therefore, it was logical for me to stay in the state and go out of state for my master’s.
From a young age, children are asked what are they want to be. Will you become an astrophysicist, a lawyer, a teacher or counselor?
With so many paths to take to reach your goal, deciding what path to take is tricky. For m, it helped to get my transcripts so that I could plan out the best way possible for me to become a public relations officer for an international company.
If you decide to graduate and transfer or if you decide just to transfer, request your official transcripts for yourself before you waste the money sending them to universities that don’t support your goals.