Making the transition from high school to college isn't always easy. But for many students, the real difficulty is transferring from one university to another.
Junior Stephanie Ydoate said transferring to Elon was not the fresh start she was looking for.
"I almost considered transferring back to Notre Dame," Ydoate said. "The first month at Elon I was actually really unhappy."
Ydoate said living off campus made it difficult for her to meet new people, but after Thanksgiving things started to change.
"I was actually like excited to come back. I had never had that experience before and that's when I knew that's where I want to be and that's why I want to go back," Ydoate said.
But many transfer students at Elon say adjusting to a new school was not a problem. Junior Bruno Hubner transferred this year and says he immediately felt at home.
"I love it, I love it. It's too much. No words to describe it, honestly," Hubner said.
Hubner said it was easy to meet people and find his niche.
"They give you all these programs and all this help in connecting people with organizations," Hubner said.
Elon has a specialized orientation process specifically for transfer students, while still including them in the traditional first-year student orientation.
Kaitlyn Schultz, Director of Transfer Admissions, is an Elon alumna, and was a transfer student, herself. Schultz said the best piece of advice she has for transfer students is to ask questions.
"There are a lot of opportunities at Elon, they are not all going to find you. They are not all just going to fall onto your lap," Schultz said. "Ask questions. People at Elon are very open to answering questions and helping out."
Ydoate also had advice for transfer students having a difficult time adjusting to Elon.
"Getting involved in as many extracurriculars as you can as quickly as you can, because that's how you build connections and that's how you meet people and make friends," she said.