Transferring schools is one of the most life-changing moments of our lives. It’s like a restart button where you familiarize yourself with new faces and new people all over again. Most students who enter senior high want to transfer for a variety of reasons, like wanting to experience a new environment or simply to get ready for college.
If you’ve been thinking about transferring schools for senior high, here are a couple of things you need to know before transferring to a new school:
1. Find a school that suits you and your goals
Look for a school that offers your chosen strand. It’s best to pick a school that is notable for the field of your choice, as your strand will depend on the course you plan to take in college. However, you must also take into consideration if the school is convenient for you—is it too far from where you live? Can you travel daily?
2. Research about the school
Adjusting to a new school is one thing, but having to do so with ease is another. To easily adapt to the environment, pick a school that shares your worldview. Be familiar with the campus and the values the school imposes to make sure it fits your standards. There will be fewer setbacks if your expectations are lower.
3. Take note of application dates
Be careful not to miss important dates! Take note of the application requirements and deadlines if you have a specific school in mind. Create a checklist for the list of documents that need to be submitted and add the important dates to your calendar. In that way, the process will be easier and more organized.
4. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally
It’s normal to experience culture shock. After all, you've probably been at your current school for the longest time, but sometimes taking a risk is worthwhile! When you step outside of your comfort zone, you will meet new people and learn how to do things on your own. It’s a *self-growth* experience. Make sure you’re mentally and emotionally stable before deciding to switch schools!
5. Cherish your last few moments in your current school
Remember your old friends even though you'll get to meet new people. You never know when you'll cross paths with your friends and classmates again after you part ways, so bond with them to share special moments.