When you are a young 17-year old and you are trying to pick a university, it can be tough to not listen to others and their opinions.
It’s easy to walk out those high school doors with high expectations before you even get there. I felt the exact same way and it’s normal, I promise.
There are so many factors that come into play when choosing where you’d like to spend the next four years pursuing higher education. With that being said, not everyone goes where they want to or to a university that is best for them.
Here are a few ways to tell you flat out chose the wrong school:
1. Your program isn’t there, so you settle for a lesser one. Let’s be real here, don’t ever take a step back because of convenience or other people’s opinions. If you are set on doing something, don’t let circumstances get in the way.
2. You stop making an effort. As difficult as post secondary can be, if you love where you are and what you are doing, it will still be worth it. But, if you find yourself not caring or taking the necessary time needed to complete things, then maybe your heart isn’t in it.
3. You feel out of place. When you spend so many hours at your college or university, you want to be able to feel comfortable and safe. It should feel as if it just “fits” with you and your life.
4. You hate the physical location. As tempting as it might be to just go to your local college, that might not be the best school for you. So, don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and move to a new place. It could be the next city over, it could be another country; but if you feel that’s what is right for you, then follow your gut.
5. You want to graduate early, just to leave that school. This creates more stress for you and it isn’t for the right reasons.
Post secondary schooling is not only suppose to be a time where you gain knowledge to set you on your career path, but a time to find out who you are, make life-long friends, and get one last chance at living a care-free life before the stresses of life set in.
Just like any other decision, you might make the wrong one, but it’s never too late to remedy it.
Transferring out, or relocating into a different program isn’t quitting or failing, its just correcting a mistaken decision before you get too far down the rabbit hole. In the end, it’s all about experience and dealing with life throws at you.