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Life rarely ceases to sur­prise, and transitioning to SNHU is no exception to this rule.

Preparation for this mas­sive life change often involves a potent combination of surg­ing excitement with neurotic nervousness. However, that’s the beauty of it all.

Before I came to SNHU I attended Norwalk Community College (NCC) back in Con­necticut. While my old school provided stability hand-in-hand with a familiar environ­ment, it lacked an essential element: the ability to recon­struct one’s life.

I always dreamed of leav­ing my home state to forge my path somewhere else. NCC was great as a stepping stone, but I knew it would take an­other school to achieve my dream.

Seeing how SNHU had generous transfer credit poli­cies (you only need 15 cred­its for the minimum) and was away from home, I knew it was the next stop on my odyssey.

Granted, adjusting to a new environment isn’t a com­plete walk in the park; home­sickness has proven to be a worthy adversary. At the same time, it’s opened a lot of doors.

A resolve to conquer homesickness and put it in its place is what makes or breaks people in this process.

“Staying active and real­izing I’m here to further my education, and [that] this isn’t forever, keeps it from getting to me,” explained Jasmine Da­vis, a SNHU transfer student, who shared some light on how to beat homesickness.

By investing oneself into involvement opportunities and academics, homesickness will slowly drift away.

The world of the past may not be the current one, but the one unfolding on the horizon as the scourging homesickness fades away is one an individ­ual gets to build on their own terms.

Transitioning to SNHU can make reconstructing one’s life possible and give a student more control of the blueprints.

Loneliness may pop up around the dark corner with the intention of a surprise at­tack, but an individual will be the one to decide if it wins. So, refuse to grant it the satisfac­tion.

Advice to transfer students is to remember an old saying: Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s normal to feel a sense of loneliness and homesickness; it means your previous des­tinations in life were ones of substance.

Just make sure not to let your fondness of the past fog your vision of the present opportunity. Never give up fighting the good fight.

Ramble on fellow transfers and embrace the odyssey!

Thomas Cahalan
Thomas is a sophomore Law and Politics major with a minor in communication. As someone with an admiration for the past, he has a love for the fact that everyone has their own perspective and wisdom to share from their own lives. He looks forward to cultivating this love by being the news editor this year, helping the voices of the SNHU community be heard.