During winter break my freshman year I came to the realization that Fairfield University was not the right fit for me. Despite having some amazing friends, whom I still keep in touch with, it never felt like home. When I returned to Fairfield in January I decided to look into transferring to another college. The transfer admission process was extensive compared the application process my senior year. It was difficult keeping up with my work for my challenging college courses while also applying to schools, writing a college essay, supplements, etc. Although it was very stressful at the time, I knew in the long run it would be worth it. I applied to several schools I looked at back when I was in high school, Bentley being one of them. Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to revisit schools until classes ended in May and after I sent in my application. When I left Fairfield in May, it was extremely difficult saying goodbye to all of my friends but I knew deep down it was not the right institution for me. It was also nerve-racking leaving Fairfield and not knowing where I would be attending college in the fall.
One of the first schools I visited over the summer was Bentley. It was the one college I applied to that was close to my hometown (Andover) and the first college to accept me as a transfer student. The second I stepped on campus I knew it was a perfect fit. The first thing I loved about Bentley was the proximity to Boston. I wanted a beautiful suburban campus but to also be close to a major city, and Bentley gave me that. My tour guide was very sweet and answered all of my questions about what campus, social life, and academics were like. I could tell that the students here were nice, involved, and determined, which is similar to myself. I could truly see myself fitting in. My tour of Bentley was one of the few schools that mentioned internships and full time jobs, which were important to me since college is an investment after all. The second I heard that the job placement rate reached 95% for the graduating class I knew that Bentley would be the best investment for my family and I. It was apparent that Bentley students balance academics and social life perfectly, just like I wanted.
I continued looking at other colleges I applied to throughout the summer but none of them gave me the warm feeling like I got when I visited Bentley. Finally, after hearing back from all of the schools I applied to, it was an easy decision choosing Bentley. I knew I would feel comfortable at Bentley and that it would prepare me well for my future career in Marketing. After my first full week at Bentley I knew I had made the right decision transferring. My transition to Bentley was smooth thanks to the faculty and students who were very kind and welcoming. Transferring to Bentley was by far the best decision I ever made and the past two years I’ve spent here has truly been amazing.