Sydney transferred to Suffolk from a small, secluded Catholic college in central Massachusetts. “It looked just like my high school and it felt just like my high school. Although I made great friends there, I felt ready for something different. I wanted a change of pace.”

Suffolk University’s vibrant Boston campus turned out to be exactly the change Sydney was looking for. “You’re definitely going to run into people that you recognize walking from one place to the next,” she says. “But at the same time, you can walk a block away and be a completely new person where you’re not going to run into anyone you know.”

Having it both ways—belonging to a community within a bustling urban setting—was a big draw for Sydney, and one that smoothed her transfer process. “Moving into the dorms last year I was put in a suite of eight girls who also transferred. When you’re with people who are all in the same boat as you, it makes the transition easier. I met one of my best friends this way, and I still live with her.”