Applying to college is difficult, even more so if you’re a transfer student. As someone who’s been through this process, the good people at the CAD wanted me to share my story. So here are some of my personal tips for transferring successfully:
Tip #1: Study for your standardized test well. Whether you’re taking the SAT, the ACT, or something else, you won't learn much by feverishly cramming an hour before. You would be more successful if you practiced for just an hour each day starting the month before.
Tip #2: Make sure you choose your list of transfer schools carefully. When you are choosing what schools you will apply to, pick some that you have your sights set on, but don’t forget to also send in applications to a few schools that are more within your reach as well. Variety is important.
Tip #3: Get your applications done well before the deadline. This minimizes stress and gives you time to send over supporting documentation to the schools that need it, even if it’s unexpected.
Tip #4: Have your supporting documentation ready to go ahead of time. Even if you have to submit your application on the last day, having Simon’s Rock and your previous institutions, like your high school, ready to send your transcripts in is a big plus. Many colleges grant extensions on the submission of these important materials, though, so it is important to not stress too much about them.
Tip #5: In an interview, be inquisitive. Demonstrating interest is key to a successful interview, but you don’t have to limit that to questions about the college. Ask about your interviewer’s pets, their mother’s maiden name, their credit card numbers, etc. Don’t forget the expiration date or that all-too-important three-digit number on the back! You’ll really get rewarded for going that extra mile.
Tip #6: College is the time to try new things and develop new hobbies! Some of those things look great on your transfer application, such as student government, student journalism, speech and debate, haruspicy, or occult studies.
Tip #7: You can use the occult for so much! Being able to quote Aleister Crowley’s The Book of the Law at length is helpful in an interview, sure, but you can also call upon the Unseen Ones to guide you in your essay writing or help you to figure out what date you took your AP exams.
Tip #8: Be careful: Threatening school officials with punishment in the Outer Realms Where The Old Gods Reign if they do not immediately send your transcript to your transfer schools of choice may have negative repercussions, up to and including a negative admissions decision.
Tip #9: When preparing your daily incantations for success in your applications, do not confuse the words “Custodes” and “Materia”, and remember: do not call up that which you cannot put down! This is a good mantra for life, people, not just the admissions process.
Tip #10: Do not be afraid to have an affair with your admissions officer. In the transfer process, as in love and war, there are no rules. Be careful, however: if your admissions officer is a magus or witch themselves, seduction charms can and will backfire. Exercise with caution.
Tip #11: AND HE THAT IS FOREVER WITHIN MY GLORY SHALL ATTAIN ETERNAL LIFE. METATRON, AND THOTH, AND KALI ALL WILL IT... SIGNED AND SEALED WITH THE SEVEN SEALS OF THE SIX SAGES, WITH THE SEVEN STONES OF THE SIX PROPHETS, INSIDE A CHEST OF GOLD AND CEDAR WOOD, LIES THE STONE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS. THE HOUR IS NIGH, THE CIRCLE DRAWS CLOSER.
Tip #12: So remember, if you’re organized, patient, and assertive, and if you make that thrice-daily prostration before C’politar’shak, He Who Waits Between Mirrors, or the All-Knowing (but Spanish, apparently), All-Seeing, Ever-Vigilant, Panopticon Magnon of Chartwell, the King of the Hidden World, Lord of the Drylands, remembering to make all the appropriate signs and sacrifices, you should get accepted to the college of your dreams in no time. But be careful: even if you do get accepted to the college of your dreams, make sure to keep your grades up! Schools can and will rescind admission if you get complacent and overconfident once you get that letter. I wish you the best of luck. Yours in Sheol, Ziv “Simon Magus reborn” Barancik
Ziv "Simon Magus Reborn" Barancik
Ziv is the Professor Emeritus of Nothing of The Cad.