"Get experience in your field, take honors classes, volunteer, join honors societies, and do well in all that you do"
How and why did you choose to enroll in your original school?
I chose to enroll in community college because I was unsure of what direction I wanted to take in my education. It was a cheaper route that provided me with more time to decide, a great honors program and societies, and many opportunities to explore the field I interested in.
When did you realize that you wanted to transfer from said school, and why did you ultimately decide to begin the transfer process?
I always knew I wanted to transfer to an university after completing my associates and general ed at a community college. When I approached the end of my two years, I applied.
What schools did you apply to?
I applied to Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
What compelled you to apply to your new school?
They all had excellent programs in the field I was interested in.
Briefly describe how you chose the correct school for you? Are there any actions that you took that you would advise for or against?
I chose my top school by touring, speaking with current students and faculty, and experiencing the campus for myself. Through this process, I was quickly able to cross out schools from my list and decide which one was best for me.
If you could pinpoint one aspect of this process as most crucial,
what would that be and why?
Plan ahead. Don’t decide at the last minute that you want to go to this school, but are severely unprepared, and therefore upset when you don’t get in.
What would your best piece of advice be, for a prospective public research university transfer student, taking into account the obstacles you confronted throughout the process?
The entire process is going to take a very long time, so be patient. Get experience in your field, take honors classes, volunteer, join honors societies, and do well in all that you do.
Did all of your work pay off?