Transferring is not the end of the world. With the number of colleges students have to choose from, it has to be expected that some students won't choose the best fit the first time around.
Students transfer for all sorts of reasons: too far from home, too close to home, not enough to do, too many distractions, the food wasn’t good enough and the list goes on. The college experience has to be right for you and only you can decide to transfer. If you are looking for a new school, CSB/SJU just might be right for you. Here are two students' perspectives on transferring to CSB/SJU.
My brother went to CSB and SJU and has always talked about what a special place it is, but being on campus is better than any stories he told. On my visit to the campuses, the welcoming atmosphere impressed me. I really felt at home. That was what was lacking at the other school I attended. I never really felt like I belonged.
I felt that CSB and SJU would help me learn more about myself. The students and staff challenge you and allow you to challenge yourself, but are always there to support you. Aside form learning more about myself, I believed that these schools would prepare me for a future in a competitive job market. I wanted a school with up-to-date facilities and technology. I found that and more here. The computer network is more than I ever expected, the new athletic facilities are amazing and the housing options are great.
Everything I had looked for in a school, I found here. I feel that when I finish school, CSB/SJU will have given me an education worth millions.
The moment I walked onto the wooded acres of Saint Benedict’s and Saint John’s, I knew this was the place for me to experience the rest of my college years. It was more than just the appearance of the schools. The trees and gardens that surrounded majestic brick buildings helped to sway my decision, but were not the main reasons I chose to transfer. Instead, it was the intense feeling of community and hospitality I experienced from the moment I stepped on to campus.
Because I had already experienced a “college experience” at another school, I knew what I was looking for. I wanted to be in a place that would shape the rest of my life. The small classes and close community offered the perfect environment.
On some level, I recognized that CSB/SJU would provide me with the tools to succeed in life. I learned that life is a precarious balance between knowledge, family, spirituality and self-renewal. This is the greatest lesson any young woman must learn.