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Transferring to college - August 17th 2009, 02:36 AM

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I am beginning the process of transferring to a college and I was just looking for some advice. The process seems kind of overwhelming and I thought if I got some advice it would help. I don't know I just feel all alone in the whole process and it kind of sucks so I thought I would come on here and get some advice/support.

I will be going and speaking to a transfer counselor at my city college so hopefully that will lead to me getting some advice/support. I know this is the first step I need to take but I still feel a little frazzled after looking at all of my prospective colleges wants.

Most of the colleges I am looking into want SAT scores so I was wondering what is the best way to study for that? Should I buy one of those SAT books or what? I don't know any other way to study for the SAT but I thought others might know.

Most of the colleges I want to go to want an essay (which is really freaking me out) and I was wondering if there was a website I could go to to get some points or what not. I already have the topic picked out for the colleges that don't ask for a topic but I don't know how to make my essay the 'best' essay. Any pointers or tips would be great.

I feel less stressed just writing this down so I guess it helped. Huh. Thanks for reading and any advice would be helpful.


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Re: Transferring to college - August 17th 2009, 03:01 AM

I am in the same boat as you, except I am a high school senior. Nevertheless, I feel much of the same stress you are feeling right now.

First, it's great that you will speak to your transfer counselor. He/she should be able to provide you with many resources and guide you along the way as this can be a very confusing process.

Most universities/colleges require you to have SAT and/or ACT scores if you are a transfer student, I believe. The best way to study for the SAT is to purchase a workbook (e.g. Princeton Review, College Board, Kaplan, etc) and take as many practice tests as you can. If you have the money and time, you could consider taking a prep class. In the end, try not to get too stressed out about the SAT because it is one test and honestly, it only measures how good of a test taker you are.

As for essays, I am currently working on my college essay. There are a wide range of topics you can write about, but a lot of schools have their own topics or at least, it is a supplementary essay.
Here are a couple of websites:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/essay-skills/
http://collegeapps.about.com/od/essays/a/essay_tips.htm
http://apps.carleton.edu/admissions/apply/essay_tips/

Don't try to write more than 2 pages because college admissions officers do not want to read a 5-page essay. Importantly, write it from your heart.

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Re: Transferring to college - August 17th 2009, 05:55 AM

Hey,

Thanks. It was really helpful and I will buy one of those SAT books as soon as I get settled with school. The websites you listed for the essay seemed helpful too. I especially liked the college board one.

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