Transferring to a 4 year university is exciting, especially when it is one of the top universities like UC Berkeley. You will be around, and maybe friends, with many other hard-working, intelligent and like-minded students, who are just as determined as you are! However, we all know that the transfer process can be very challenging and you will probably experience frustration along the way. So these are a few tips that you can use to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Do some research:
It is recommended that students do research about their majors, college requirements, graduation requirements, enrichment programs, etc. well in advance before they transfer. Doing that, students can have a general idea of what they have to do in order to successfully get into their intended majors as well as finish school in time.
Meet with the major advisor AND college advisor:
While major advisors can give students information specifically about the major like prerequisite classes, major requirements and honors programs, college advisors can help students with broader questions and general information like college requirements, program planning, degree checks, etc. Meeting with both advisers will ensure that students have good academic plans and can graduate on time.
Utilize school resources:
You will be surprised with how many resources the campus has to offer students in helping them succeed in college. Therefore, you need to take advantage of these resources. The Transfer Center is a good place to go to if you have questions about the transfer process, or, if you want to connect with other transfers like you. There is also the Financial Aid Office, Study Abroad Office, Student Learning Center, Counseling and Health Care Center (Tang Center), etc. The point is, if you need help there are people willing to help you. You just have to reach out and ask around for the right resource.
Do not be too hard on yourself
Transferring is difficult since you have to get used to a whole new system. It is common that transfer students often feel lost, think that they are more behind than other juniors, or feel frustrated because their grades fluctuate a little bit. In situations like these, it is important to talk to someone who you trust to let out the frustration, and to be easy on yourself. The key is that you should give yourself some time to adjust to the new environment.
We hope that you will have a wonderful time here at Cal. Good luck!