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Terrific Transfer Tips

When I transferred to Christian Brothers this year, many people told me about how the schedule works — even though I still don’t understand it –, what the dress code is, and how to work Schoology. I am grateful for the prior knowledge I had from friends. However, there was a lot I didn’t and […]

When I transferred to Christian Brothers this year, many people told me about how the schedule works — even though I still don’t understand it –, what the dress code is, and how to work Schoology. I am grateful for the prior knowledge I had from friends. However, there was a lot I didn’t and still don’t know.

I can confidently say I am very happy with my decision to transfer, although most of my friends who have also transferred would agree that it is challenging and difficult at times. To walk into a class that has spent the last two years bonding, forming relationships, and making memories is intimidating. The first day of junior year felt a lot like freshman year. Yet, I feel with every day I gain new understandings into what makes CB the place to be.

To find out more for myself and for anyone who has transferred, I went on a mission to learn all I didn’t know about my new school and find out the best advice people have for new students.

To start my quest, I spoke with Assistant Director of Admissions Mrs. Jana Morris ’99, who works specifically with transfer students.

“Allow yourself to be vulnerable and do your best to be patient,” she says. “Know that you will find your place, but it takes time. There is something for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding out what that is. Make sure you’re talking to your teachers and keeping them in the loop.”

Teachers’ eagerness to meet with students before and after class is something that sets CB apart. All teachers list their office hours and encourage students to come whenever they need to.

Bella Barbosa (‘21) encouraged transfers to join as many things as possible so “you’re not too late to the game” because a majority of students are just now getting involved.

This was encouraging to hear, since it is easy to feel that everyone has already found their place, and it might be too late as a junior to do so. Yet, as Bella said, many students have yet to, or are just now getting involved, so anyone who recently transferred can too.

Lindsey Monahan (‘21), who transferred her sophomore year says “stay on top of your homework, don’t be afraid to ask for help and always double check the classes you have that day.”

While adjusting to a new school, friends, and schedule, it can be easy to forget about the real reason for school: to do work, learn and succeed.

Rubi Fernandez (‘21) has advice that is simple, but essential.

“Don’t stress and always stay true to yourself.”

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