So, you’re at university. Through determination, a lot of late-night scrolling and some tears, you made it. And now, you’re cruising around campus, up to your eyeballs in theory and smashing out assignments.
But, despite your efforts, you can’t quiet the voice that says, “this isn’t right, maybe you should transfer to a different university.”
It could be that the course you’re studying doesn’t interest you as much as you thought, or you're processing way too much theory over gaining practical skills, or the overall vibe of the university is overwhelming and not so welcoming.
You might wonder whether it’s just a phase and you’ll get used to it, or maybe this is university after all. If you’re nursing any kind of course remorse, here are some signs that it’s time to transfer to a different course or different university altogether.
Sign #1: Help, my course isn’t what I thought it would be!
Wanting to study creative writing but missing out on the entry score by a crumb, Sienna explored screen and film courses where she could grow a range of technical and creative skills for a screen production career.
After being nudged by a friend, Sienna began a media and communications degree at a well-known university. "Although I got the ATAR to get into this university, I really didn’t enjoy what I was doing, because it was so academic based. The entire first year was all theory and you didn’t do any filming until third year. It was just so boring.”
Counselled by her (very wise) mum who said, “getting into university is the hard part, switching is the easy part,” Sienna soon realised her mistake. She’d chosen a course based largely on meeting the entry ATAR. Instead, she began looking closely at course curriculums for something that offered more hands-on skills. Enter Swinburne's Bachelor of Screen Production.
Sienna found her place in small classes with like-minded emerging filmmakers, learning the practical skills she wanted to know – and hasn’t looked back. “It’s not worth your mental health to do a course you don’t find interesting or you’re not learning what you want just because the university is a bit fancy,” said Sienna. “If you’re thinking about switching, trust your instincts and do it.”