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Transfer Students: Adjusting to CCH


Transferring isn’t easy. Let’s be honest, you have spent a year or two making friends, learning your way around campus, and getting adjusted to the culture, and now you have to do it all over again? That doesn’t exactly sound ideal….in fact, it sounds pretty awful.

But listen, it doesn’t have to be. We know some of the common problems transfer students face, and we have thought long and hard about how to make things better for anyone looking for a new place to call home.


Making Friends

One of the number one concerns transfer students have is fitting in. It seems like after Freshman and Sophomore year everyone already has a tight-knit group of friends. Everyone knows someone but you…so what are you going to do?

Well CCH is a small school, we only have around 300 students. This makes our student boy a very tight-knit group, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t accepting. With our hands-on teaching style, students are thrown into various group projects and activities together making it easy to make new friends and meet new people.

Not convinced? Well, we aren’t claiming everything is going to be simple and easy, but think of a normal class setting. Students walk in, scroll through their facebook feeds, listen to a lecture, and then leave. There is no natural time to make new friends. But when you have to work in a group with someone; when you are pursuing a dream with someone, you build a bond. Especially when class size is small. And there are always campus events and festivals where you can make friends too!

Adjusting to the Culture

Adjusting to the culture can be a huge fear especially if you are attending a large college or a trade school.

But we are a Film School. If you like film, the chances are you will fit in around here. Everyone here is pursuing similar dreams in a similar industry. You don’t have to worry about adjusting to some obscure campus culture. Sure, there are things only a CCH student would know. There are inside jokes and traditions in every group. But you’ll catch on quick, and learning the cultural in and outs will help you adjust even quicker.

Finding Your Way Around

Even on a small campus, finding your way around can be confusing. And it can feel embarrassing to ask for help. How do you know which building is the right one? Or which floor or wing?

At CCH we have a campus that is the perfect size for us. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding your way around. In fact, the bigger question is how are you going to find your way around the city? You shouldn’t be afraid of this though. The city is open for your exploration! It is nothing but fun exploring a new city and finding out what it has to offer.


Hopefully, we have put some of your fears to ease, but if we haven’t take a look at some of these links! They offer some great advice on how to adjust as a Transfer student!

If you want to transfer to CCH or learn more about our transfer process, download our Transfer Student Admissions Guide. It will layout our transfer process in a simple and easy way, making your change an easy one!

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