My Experience With Transferring Universities

My Experience With Transferring Universities

If you are in your first year at university and you’re finding that you dread being there every day, you may find comfort in my experience with transferring. It was a difficult decision for me to make because I tried so hard to be content with where I was, but I was hating every second of it, and that feeling wouldn’t subside. Transferring universities ended up being the right decision for me, and I couldn’t be happier at my new one. Here’s how it happened.

A-level results day stress

A-level results day was one of the most stressful days of my life to date. I had this awful feeling, way before it even arrived, that I hadn’t achieved the grades I needed to get into my first choice uni. I was dreading having to open my results in front of my friends, mentally preparing myself on the drive to my sixth form to feel disappointed while they were all celebrating. Unfortunately, I was right. I hadn’t got into my first choice uni, but I had secured my insurance uni. That’s great, right? Well, not exactly, because not a single part of me wanted to go to my insurance uni.

Going through UCAS clearing

Having cried and phoned my mum in a panic, I decided to go through UCAS clearing. It seemed like this was my only hope. However, the universities I contacted during clearing for the course that I wanted to do were full. They were either offering me other courses that I wasn’t interested in or declining me altogether. This wasn’t filling me with confidence or hope for the future, as you can probably imagine.

Receiving a uni offer (finally!)

Despite major self-doubt at this point, I finally received an offer to study the course I wanted, at a university I wasn’t especially considering before going through clearing. I hadn’t been to the uni before and had no real idea what the place or its accommodation looked like, or even what the modules on the Psychology course were. I was feeling reluctant. But, because my mum had positive opinions about the uni, and it was quite high on the league tables for Psychology, I accepted the offer anyway.

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Arriving at uni

One month later, I was moving into my accommodation at my clearing university. I was nervous but excited to be starting uni, especially since I’d convinced myself I wasn’t going to get a place anywhere in the run-up to results day. My flatmates were great, the course was okay, and the social side was fun. Even though I was trying so hard to enjoy myself, there was always a part of me that hated being there. This feeling only got worse the longer I tried to wait it out.

The beginning of the pandemic

Passing all my in-person January exams gave me a little bit of hope, but something still didn’t feel right. My mental health was rapidly declining after I came back from Christmas break in late January. I found myself missing more and more of my lectures and seminars. The covid pandemic hitting universities in March and forcing the closure of UK universities was the final straw for me. I moved back home as soon as I got the chance and made the decision to drop out and apply to a different university in May. And I’m so glad that I did.

My transfer university

I cannot put into words how much more content I am at the university I transferred to. Everyone around me who knew me while I was at the other uni has told me how much more comfortable I seem now. And I wholeheartedly agree. Trying to ignore that initial gut feeling is still one of my biggest regrets, and the whole experience has taught me to trust myself when I feel that something isn’t right.

The takeaway message

For me, making the decision to transfer was a hard one. Even though it took a lot of time, thought, energy, and reassurance for me to finally go through with it, I am so incredibly happy and proud of myself that I did.

If you find that reading about my experience hits home at all, know that you are not alone. There are many options to changing whatever it is that may be bothering you about your situation at uni, whether that be with your course, your living situation, your uni, or if you think uni just isn’t for you at all. Trust yourself and your gut feeling. Only you know what is best for you.

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Hi! I’m Becky Milligan, I study Psychology at the University of Sussex. I have a passion for Clinical Psychology and mental health, as well as performing arts, baking, and dogs! Through writing about mental health, I hope to educate and provide comfort to others, ultimately helping to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health for university students.