hey guys it’s Chum yeah and I thought it would be a good time for an update just finished up my first semester rice I finished my finals and everything and I flew back home to undisclosed city in the West on Monday actually almost been home for a week which is kind of crazy I’m very scruffy right now I want to shave. bad but I don’t this is my house I’m filming in my house right now and I don’t live here because the kitchen burned and flooded at the same time. you’ll have to forgive my appearance but anyway I thought it would be a good time to make an update I have received a couple of requests for more videos some people and gave me some specific questions that they wanted to have answered you know I guess some people just like my pretty face because they didn’t they didn’t actually suggest anything. way back up I am a sophomore transfer what that means is I finished my freshman year of college and then I transferred to a new school to do my sophomore year usually what people will do is they will apply in the second half of their freshman year then they will enroll and be at a new college in the fall but when I did instead which you will remember if you saw the last video I finished my freshman year took kind of an unplanned gap year and then applied to college again during that gap year. I’m a sophomore transfer I think let me just run over like really common transfer questions first transfer question is what matters in your application the most important thing is going to be your college GPA by far that’s the most important thing because with the a CT and SAT and your high school GPA are really supposed to be a metric of is your ability to perform in college. going to college having a high GPA is the most important thing and. what it means to have a high GPA in college is different than what it means to have a high GPA in high school right because a high GPA in high school if you want to apply to really competitive schools means above a 3.8 and probably above a three nine somewhere in the three nine four point oh eight but that’s not what it means for college obviously if you can get above a three point eight or you can be about a three point nine in college and then do it but for a lot of colleges especially for college like the one I used to attend read that’s not entirely necessary it really depends on where the average GPA for your college is let’s just say Brown for example I don’t know why you’d transfer out of breath I dunno whatever but the average GPA there is like a three point eight the average GPA at a lot of state schools is pretty high then you’re gonna want to have a GPA that is at least average at least average because schools are under no obligation to take transfer students unless there are community college students and as part of a state contract but for any solely private college Cornell not included for any a hundred percent private college they are under no obligation to take transfer students. yours DPS should be above the average for your school isn’t what I would say above the average for your school and preferably above a 3.5 is what I would say having a G having a 3.5 GPA isn’t isn’t bad at all that’s pretty that’s pretty high for college I mean obviously if ya if you’re at a great inflated school then you want to have the average GPA. if you’re at the University of Chicago you want to have a three point six three I didn’t actually even know that their average is that high but I found it out recently the average GPA read is a three point one. that’s why having a 3.75 for me it was pretty clutch because that’s high that’s in the top 10 or top 5 percent. that’s what I’ll say about that you want to have a GPA that’s at least average for your school or above a 3.5 right whichever is higher and it’s a little bit different for Community College applicants for for those applicants it’s going to be a little bit more like high school you want to have above a 3/8 preferably a 3 9 or a 4.0 that’s just kind of the way it goes it’s a little bit discriminatory and that’s also you know I’m talking pretty specifically about private schools here but if you’re applying to a private school then you’re going to want to have a really high community college GPA after that the things that you’re involved in in college are going to be pretty important. if that’s clubs that can also be research I had a decent amount of research just as a as a college student before I even took my gap year and that doesn’t have to be anything major you know you can be cleaning glassware in a lab right if you’re a stem major and then one of the other really common things like what about course rigor. course rigor is important it’s basically what it comes down to. as long as you’re not slacking I will I will say that you’re probably at a decent rigor you know you’re probably at a decent course load and then after that is going to be things from your high school transcript. after that’s going to be your high school GPA and your test scores and that’s kind of at the bottom especially for somebody who’s applying to be a junior transfer things from your height from your time in high school matter more the closer you are to having been a high schooler trying to absorb that. if you’re a freshman and you’re applying to transfer and you only have one semester of college under your belt then your your high school GPA and your high school test scores are going to be important. that’s something to keep in mind those are probably the the top things that when it when it comes to transfer applications but how should you show demonstrated interest as a transfer student almost every college won’t offer you an interview. visiting is always good and then if you can’t visit like a lot of people seem to think that if you can’t visit school then you’re hosed but that’s not true at all sending letters right just communicating with your admissions officer and then also just communicating with the office of admissions are both like really good things you can do you can send letters you could send anything honestly probably the more creative the better just just. that they recognize that you have an interest in the school this is what it is what I would say and not all schools really track demonstrated interest the way that I determined it to the best of my ability was to look at the common data set and then it says for freshman applicants if interest is considered and then I just extrapolated that well I guess they care also for transfer students okay on to some rice specific questions one of the things that I was nervous about when matriculating to rice was kind of what their program was like for transfer students because at Vanderbilt they have like a whole program that’s dedicated to transfer students and I mean they take a lot of for students. it makes sense and that was something that was really enticing to me because I thought it would give me a chance to like meet other transfer students and you know it would make things easier socially and I was a little bit worried because at Rice they just orient you with the freshmen. they have this big thing called a week which is like your oriented with the rest of the freshmen and then some upperclassmen who they call the Oh weak advisors and you’re you’re put into these groups and those groups kind of become actually the basis for your friend group oftentimes and that’s kind of who you fall in with and I was right about that because I’m not I’m not even I’m older than all the sophomores right. there’s like there’s like two to three years separating me from a lot of these freshmen and I was worried about that but the thing is is that there’s really nothing that separates me from them except for like a little bit more life experience I guess. most of them didn’t even know it’s it even still happens now that a semester has passed you’ll be like oh my gosh I had no idea you’re transferred. I mean it’s not a big deal but even if they do know it’s still not a big deal because honestly I just think I just think people don’t care because two years really isn’t that big of a difference and I think as long as you’re not weird about it then there’s no reason for anybody else to be worried about it and in my experience it was easy um and that’s and that’s just it’s cool cool that rolls into another question I got which was is there a transfer stigma the answer is not at all. there might be a transfer Sigma at a school like Vandy I don’t like you talking about Vanderbilt they just happen to be a good example for like a lot of different things but at Vanderbilt it’s easier to get in as a transfer student same as like with USC but at Rice it’s harder it’s probably the hardest way to get admitted if anything you get like this mysterious air and people think you’re smart even if you’re not. ya know stigma. I figured that this was kind of implied in what I was saying before but also the residential college system works the same for transfer students as it does for freshmen you don’t get to pick they sort you randomly and then you kind of just end up being a part of the community in whichever residential college you’re in I’m personal will rice obviously because I’m a will rice member and. I have a lot of will rice pride which is really common for all the colleges key I am NOT a school spirit person ever never been a school spirit person not even in high school I just wasn’t about it right but something about the way that they do orientation week like the goofiness of the bonding activities that they have you do is just the psychology you can’t beat it it gets to you no matter what.
I have will rise spirit and you will have spirit at whatever residential college you end up at you know you just end up being really stoked about being where you are and where you are is the best College and all the other colleges. you know it works the same for transfer as it does for anybody else and by and large it seems like it works really well and just to kind of just to kind of cap that up there were like a bunch of I received a bunch of different questions from one person about about this. you’ll have to bear with me here. yes rice is really welcoming to transfer students but there really isn’t there isn’t a specific program for them. I got there and I was a little bit a little bit bummed for the first few days just because I was really stressed out and there wasn’t really anything specifically going on for transfer students but but it’s really not a big deal I know and know how weird that sounds but it’s really not a big deal you know you’ll make friends really quickly and it’s it’s it’s a non-issue in fact I kind of find that I usually don’t very mesh very well with a lot of the transfer students because my story is. much different than a lot of other people’s and when people like try to have some kind of sympatico thing with me I’m like I don’t really get it just because I mean and I’m not trying to be like snobby or anything it’s just that there’s this obligation when you’re around other transfer students to like talk about it or whatever else it’s like I don’t want to talk about it I don’t want to remember it’s like I’m here now I’m a rice student now. that’s kind of that’s kind of where I met is there is there a see. all the dorms in in on the rice campus have a/c I think it’s really hot in Texas in the summer. yeah absolutely and the newer dorms. no matter what room you’re in you get your own at least this is my experience at will rice and will Rice old dorm and Baker old dorm those are the two oldest dorms on campus and every room has its own a/c unit that you can adjust to however you like it. not only is their AC but you get to make it however you like it and it works very well the a/c is not it doesn’t is it easy to double major and are the distribution requirements at rice fun. I’m never gonna say that distribution requirements are fun because a lot of times they’ll stretch you in ways that make you a little bit uncomfortable which is good for learning but not always necessarily good for sanity or for your DPA. as far as fun is concerned I don’t even think they’re really there for fun it’s there to be part of your liberal arts education and it gives you a chance to branch out and with the pass/fail system that that we have at Rice which is you’re allowed to pass/fail one class per year. that combined with the distribution system gives you some freedom and some ability to explore and I will say that I was kind of looking for a school that had less of a really strict distribution pour and rice this that nicely there’s only three different categories that you have to fulfill and it’s pretty simple to do that most of the class is small yes. if you’re in a gen ed requirement class physics 101 intro chem in trouble organic chemistry intro bio those are all gonna be big classes and they’re gonna be big classes at basically every school they were even big classes at read those are the biggest classes there. those are big but my history class for example there were only ten people there were ten people in that class in my biology of infectious disease course which was an upper div there were 19. really easy to approach the professor the TAS are really personable like across departments they’re really accessible and they’re really personable people. you don’t get this detachment where you’re dealing 100% with the TA and the TA really doesn’t care about you it just wants to focus on their degree it’s not like that. the operative classes are small and you’re gonna have to kind of wait until you get to those upper tip classes at any school for those numbers to start tapering down in those classes and then for the last question was just like what’s my favorite part about rice and what I was really going for when transferring was a better social environment that was key because because of the social environment I was in previously was was very seriously driving me insane and I know that you know you can be Oh kids y’all they drive me up the wall or whatever else like that but my health was going south in in every way possible I was losing a lot of weight I was I was just I was in really bad shape and. I was looking for a better social environment that I would be more comfortable in and that I felt was better in general because I think there are a lot of issues that read and I found that and I know a lot of times people will say don’t rely on college admissions to be your silver bullet for all of your problems but for me at least a lot of my problems stemmed from the social issues that I had in college and being at Rice has fixed them you’re not being deceived when you read that the environment and the community at Rice is really close-knit and there’s a lot of school spirit and it’s really wholesome and all that stuff that’s not hyperbole people really really enjoy being there the retention rate speaks to that the Rice’s retention rate is 97% that’s the same as Harvard okay and we all know that the reason that Harvard’s retention rate is as high as it is is because of the prestige and Rice’s prestige certainly isn’t that high. there must be something else that’s keeping them there and honestly it’s the community people don’t want to leave okay when people 70 is 70 over 70% of rice undergraduates live on campus which is stupidly high and most students that I know will live off campus during their junior year and every student that I’ve talked to wants to live on campus their senior year they want to come back because they’re afraid they’re gonna be missing out on stuff and the seniors want to be in it which is nuts that never happens they’re usually like breaking away and like you know doing their own thing and they’re ready to kind of start their life but not at rice everybody’s in it everybody wants to be in it who’s in the university they really want to be involved in the community and that is an amazing thing it can it can make or break a college experience in my experience the classes there were surprisingly difficult I expected read to be much harder than anything else I’ve ever done and honestly the the gulf between reed and rice in terms of rigor was a lot smaller than it then I expected it to be but the fact that the community was. supportive and good and fun and everything else like that made it a lot more manageable. that’s my favorite thing about rice. that’s the end of this video guys I’m sorry about all the hand gestures I know that my videos are kind of wordy and long and this is no exception to that but if you guys want to know anything more about rice or want to know anything more about transfers now that I’m on break I have a lot more time to deal with that kind of stuff. just let me know send stuff and then I will cover it and they’ll probably just make some other videos maybe in the future about stuff that I want to talk about but that’s it thanks for watching I hope I answered some questions that you have. thanks for watching and I will see you in the future