Transfer to a university conversation

Planning to Transfer

A: I’m applying to transfer out of this college.

B: I’m going to miss you.

A: Me too. I’ll text you every so often.

B: Why do you want to transfer?

A: I don’t think here it is challenging enough for me.

B: You can join the honors program!

A: I did, and it wasn’t challenging either.

B: Alright then. When are you going to start applying?

A: Next month. I’m already looking at the essay prompts.

B: Are they challenging?

A: Yes, but they’re kind of fun!

B: I hope you get into wherever you want to go.


A: I don’t know what university to transfer to.

B: There’s a lot, so it’s all about picking what suits your needs.

A: For starters, I would like a university in a safe area.

B: Okay, what else are you thinking about?

A: I want to live close to home.

B: I think UC Irvine would be good.

A: I don’t think that’s good for my major.

B: What’s your major?

A: I’m majoring in philosophy.

B: Yeah, you’re right. UCI is not good for philosophy.

A: I also want to go to a college that will increase my job opportunities.

B: Let’s go do some online research.

A: What classes should I take to transfer?

B: You need a little bit of everything.

A: What do you mean?

B: You need to take at least one class in every subject.

A: Do I need to take a math class?

B: Even if your major is Portuguese, you have to take a math class.

A: That’s so stupid.

B: It’s just to make you more knowledgeable.

A: But I don’t even need it!

B: It’s been like this for ages.

A: Well, the policy should be changed.

B: It won’t. So in the meantime, you should register for a math class.

A: Why are you taking this class?

B: I need it to transfer. You?

A: Me too! I would never take Speech 101 if I didn’t need it.

B: Yeah, I hate public speaking.

A: Me too! I get so nervous.

B: I just want this class to be over with.

A: It’s going to be a long semester.

B: Maybe after this class, we’ll love public speaking.

A: I doubt it!

B: I don’t even know why we have to take this class to transfer.

A: I guess it’s to make us better speakers.

B: It’ll all be worth it when we transfer.

A: You only need three more classes and you’ll be ready to transfer.

B: Which classes do I need?

A: You need a history class, a physical science class, and a foreign language class.

B: Which history class should I take?

A: The one you’re most interested in.

B: I looked at the course listing, and there’s nothing I’m interested in.

A: In that case, go for the class you would be the least bored of.

B: I guess I could take European history.

A: There you go! How about the other classes you need?

B: I think I’ll take physics and French.

A: I’m glad you know what to take!

B: Me too. Careful planning is part of what makes up a successful student!

A: What are you doing?

B: I’m filling out my college application.

A: Do you need any help? I applied two years ago.

B: Yes, I do need help. Should I put my ethnicity?

A: It won’t be used for or against you. It’s really up to you.

B: Also, should I put all of my extracurriculars?

A: Put the ones that you were heavily involved in.

B: Next question, should I put anything in the “additional information” section?

A: If you feel like you need to say something that you didn’t mention before, then yes.

B: Can I say I got an A when I really just got a B?

A: What?! Of course not! They will ask for your transcript.

B: Oh, I didn’t know that.

A: How many universities are you applying to?

B: I’m applying to 12 universities.

A: Wow! That’s a lot!

B: I just want a lot of options.

A: But it costs a lot of money and time!

B: I get fee waivers.

A: But how about the time? I mean, applying is a lot of work.

B: College applications ask similar questions.

A: Good for you. I’m only applying to three universities.

B: Which ones are you applying to?

A: CSULA, UC Irvine, and Yale.

B: I find it hard to believe that you can limit yourself to only three universities.

A: After seeing your college application, I can tell you’re really smart and talented.

B: Not really, I’m lying about almost everything.

A: Why?! They’re going to find out.

B: No, they’re not! They’re not going to check.

A: Yes, they will. After a college admits you, they’ll ask for your transcript.

B: I didn’t know that! How about my extracurriculars?

A: They’ll randomly audit 10% of their applicants.

B: What does that mean?

A: The UCs will randomly select 10% of their applicants to provide proof of their extracurriculars.

B: It’s only 10%.

A: It’s not that little! You may be chosen. Be careful.

B: You’re right. It’s too risky to lie.

A: I’m registering for Psych 21, because I need it to transfer.

B: I need that class too in order to transfer.

A: But there’s only one space left!

B: That’s terrible. My registration time is at 5 p.m.

A: Darn it! Mine is at 6 p.m.

B: That sucks. Maybe someone will drop out.

A: I doubt it. Psych 21 is needed by a lot of people.

B: Beg the professor?

A: If I have to.

B: You should cry! That might work.

A: I’m planning to. I can cry on demand.

B: Maybe you should take a theater class instead.

A: I desperately need to take an English class this semester.

B: So does everyone else.

A: It’s the only class I need before I transfer.

B: Maybe you can pay someone for their spot.

A: I honestly would do that if someone was willing to give up their spot.

B: What happens if you can’t get the class?

A: Then I need to stay at Pasadena City College longer.

B: That would stink.

A: I know, that’s why I need that class.

B: You can try taking it at another college.

A: I might do that. The closest community college is a two-hour drive.

B: I’m praying you get the English class.

A: I want to transfer, but I don’t know where to start.

B: Let’s start with the basics. What do you want to major in?

A: I want to major in biology.

B: Then you have to take general education requirements like everyone else.

A: What are those requirements exactly?

B: I’ll give you a sheet listing all of them.

A: What else do I have to do?

B: You should fulfill some, if not all, of your major requirements.

A: Okay, about when will I finish?

B: It really depends on how many classes you take and complete per semester.

A: I’m planning on taking five classes per semester.

B: That’s good! You’ll be ready to transfer in about two years.

A: Hey Professor Lopez, I need a favor.

B: What kind of favor?

A: Can you write a recommendation letter for me?

B: I’m sorry, but I can’t.

A: Why not? I was a good student.

B: Yes, you were. The thing is, I don’t know you that well.

A: I’ll just give you my resume, and you can write about how great I am!

B: I can’t. I don’t think I can write you a good letter.

A: But I don’t know who else to ask.

B: Ask someone who knows you as more than just a student.

A: I honestly never had a professor I felt close to.

B: Then, you can only hope a professor writes a letter for you regardless of that fact.

A: My professor wrote a really bad recommendation letter for me.

B: You read his recommendation letter?

A: Yeah. I couldn’t resist.

B: This is why you shouldn’t read it. You might not like what you see.

A: He wrote such boring things about me.

B: What did he write?

A: Just that I’m a diligent student who does well.

B: At least it was nothing bad. You can always ask another professor.

A: I know, but I don’t have time.

B: When do you need another recommendation letter by?

A: I need one by this Friday.

B: Oh, wow! Maybe you should just send the one you have now.

A: I’m having trouble with my personal statement.

B: You should go to the personal statement workshop.

A: What is that?

B: It’s where a professional will give you tips and revise your personal statement.

A: That sounds helpful.

B: It is. I went to one last week.

A: How was it?

B: The person leading the workshop was an English professor, so it was informative.

A: I’m kind of embarrassed to show my personal statement, though.

B: You shouldn’t be.

A: I feel like I’ll be laughed at.

B: The workshop will improve your writing. You really should go.

A: What’s wrong? You look sad.

B: I was rejected from my dream school.

A: I’m sorry to hear that.

B: I feel so stupid. What’s wrong with me?

A: Nothing. If your dream school doesn’t want you, then that’s their loss.

B: I don’t know what to do anymore.

A: Look, that school didn’t accept you, because you weren’t the right fit.

B: Is that supposed to make me feel better?

A: I’m just saying, why would you want to go to a school that doesn’t fit you?

B: When you say it like that, I understand you.

A: Yeah! Just focus on the schools that do want you.

B: You’re right! Yale made a mistake rejecting me.

A: I have decided not to transfer.

B: Why not? You kept saying you wanted to.

A: I know, but it’s so hard getting accustomed to a new school.

B: That’s a terrible reason not to transfer.

A: No, it’s a good one. I feel at home here.

B: Sometimes, a new environment is necessary.

A: No, I really like it here. Also, I know what to expect.

B: I still think you’re making the wrong choice.

A: Why do you want me to go?

B: I just think this school isn’t right for you.

A: That’s not for you to decide.

B: I know, but I’m just stating my opinion.

A: I got accepted to all of the schools I applied to.

B: Congrats! You totally deserve it.

A: How many schools did you apply to?

B: I applied to six.

A: What was your first reaction when you got into your dream school?

B: I was shocked. My heart stopped.

A: I know the feeling. It’s a great one.

B: It is. I don’t even know what school to pick now.

A: Same here. Who knew getting accepted would have problems?

B: It’s a good problem!

A: Hey, we should visit schools together.

B: That would be fun!

A: Wow, this place is amazing.

B: Is this your first time here?

A: It’s my first day at this school. I just transferred.

B: I see. You’re going to love it here.

A: I think I will too.

B: Did you move in yet?

A: Yes, I have an apartment nearby.

B: That’s good. What’s your first class?

A: My very first class is human biology.

B: I hope it’s educational and entertaining.

A: I think it will be.

B: I’ll walk you there, since you probably don’t know where anything is.