By Eric Wise, Assistant News Editor —

Why do students transfer schools? For most people it comes down to a lack of social life, or financial or personal reasons, according to a study conducted by UTC. But for me it came down to academics, and the degree I really wanted.

I am 21 years old, on my fourth year of college, and I am transferring schools. It wasn’t something I thought I would ever do, but I had a “now or never” moment, and now was the time.

I came to UTC in the Fall of 2014 to pursue a degree in Computer Science Software Systems, which was fun at first but not something I really enjoyed. I was struggling through my math courses and hating the computer science classes I was in, so I decided to change my major to Communications. I had always enjoyed reading and watching the news, and I spent hours every day on Twitter, so I thought it would be a good fit.

For the past two years I have been working towards a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and writing for The Echo. On top of that, being in this program gave me the opportunity to write for last summer which really taught me a lot. However, it also made me realize that a BA in Communication isn’t the degree I really want. I know I want to work in communications in the future, but I don’t want to work in news. So, I will now be pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising and PR at ETSU starting this Fall.

It wasn’t an easy decision, and it definitely wasn’t an easy conversation to have with my parents. Transferring would mean leaving behind a lot of friends, my fraternity and a chance to move up into a higher leadership role at The Echo. Thankfully, my parents and friends were extremely supportive of my decision and understood that it was what I had to do to better my future.

Now comes the unknown. I still have to attend orientation, sign up for classes, get my FAFSA transferred and find a place to live in Johnson City before the summer is over. But even with all of these unknowns, I am still confident in my decision to transfer and I am excited for what the future holds.

With all of that being said, I have one piece of advice for anyone that wants it: it’s never too late to transfer and seek the future you want. When everything is all said and done, it’s your education and your future. Do what you feel is the right decision for you.

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