Choosing a college can be scary; its the first of many important decisions you make as a young adult that will prepare you for your future. Sometimes students feel pressured to choose a school that their parents like best, or a school that offers the most financial aid. And sometimes, students choose what they believe to be their dream school, but after a few months, begin to second guess their decision.
Deciding to transfer to a new school can be just as nerve-racking as choosing a school in the first place. Sophomore marketing major Maddie Werndl talks about her decision to transfer from Albright College to Cabrini University after her freshman year.
"I was worried about starting all over, finding new friends, new classes, and the best coffee on campus. It seemed scarier to transfer than to try to stick it out for another three years somewhere where I felt like I didn't belong," said Werndl about her decision to transfer to Cabrini.
Werndl also says she had some relief when she found out that her credits from Albright would transfer easily over to Cabrini, and that she could begin her first semester at Cabrini as a sophomore. Werndl was a graphic design major at Albright but decided to switch to marketing when she came to Cabrini. However, she is still using her credits from Albright towards a minor in graphic design. Werndl enjoys her marketing classes and professors here at Cabrini and is glad she can still pursue her interest in graphic design.
Maddie is also a member of the cavalier's women's swim team and earned the Atlantic East Conference swimmer of the week accolade earlier in the 2019-2020 season. Werndl was a member of the swim team at Albright and is glad she was able to continue her swimming career here at Cabrini.
"I love being a part of the swim team here at Cabrini; the team atmosphere is very different than it was at Albright, and I am looking forward to my next two seasons with the team," she said.
Werndl and the rest of the members of Cabrini Swimming will be traveling to Scranton, Pennsylvania in two weeks for the second annual Atlantic East Conference Championships at Marywood University. Both Cabrini's men's and women's swim teams are reigning conference champs and look to reclaim their conference title in a few weeks.
While deciding to transfer to a new college or university may be intimidating, it is essential to feel comfortable at your school because this is where you will spend four of the most important years of your life. The college that you attend should be somewhere where you feel you can be yourself and have the support of friends and faculty to be successful in life.
When asked about giving advice about transferring schools, Werndl said to always go with what your gut tells you. "I'm glad I chose to follow my instincts to transfer colleges; it was definitely a hard decision, but I know now that Cabrini is where I belong, and I am proud to be a Cabrini University Cavalier!"