Getting Involved on Campus from a Transfer’s Point of View

Lindsey Musto is a junior Marketing major and Advertising minor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the president of the Colleges Against Cancer club on campus and takes pride in working towards a cause. Also, she works in the Admissions office on campus as a student worker. Aside from taking her major courses, working and running a club, she enjoys hiking, exercising, and exploring new places.

They say “College is the best time of your life” and it can be if you step out of your comfort zone and engage yourself in new activities and experiences. College can be scary at first if you’re shy and do not know how to go about meeting new people and making those friendships that will last a lifetime. Transferring can be especially difficult, because it’s freshman year all over again besides that most people already have their set friend groups. Getting involved on campus is the key to fitting in and surviving those first few weeks at a new school.
It was March of my second semester away at college when I began to think about transferring to a different school. The thought terrified me because that would mean that I would have to make new friends again and find my place on campus again. It came down to extensive research and many nights lying awake thinking about what to do because application deadlines were just around the corner. Throughout this time it came down to my own happiness. I wasn’t happy where I was; I had made a few friends but not many to count on and I was in a long-distance relationship that was on the rocks. Two weeks prior to application deadlines, I sent out an application and hoped it would be the right decision.
The giant blue envelope came in the mail from Fairleigh Dickinson University offering a very nice scholarship and insight into their business program. I had known about this school for years and been on campus multiple times because both my siblings graduated from there. I took a step and signed up for a tour, as nervous as I was the day of, I knew it was for the best. The tour opened my eyes to a new world and new start as a college student. Three weeks later I accepted the offer and would officially be labeled as “a transfer student”.
Although I would be starting over new, my nerves still took the best of me for most of the summer. The anticipation or I should say “the greater unknown” was my biggest fear. The relationship I was in had ended and I was more than ready to move on and make new friends and finally be happy. Summer had flown by faster than I could have imagined, and it was time to actually move into my new school and start over fresh. I packed everything for school and was extremely excited and terrified at the same time for my transfer orientation. As much as I was scared to go to this orientation, at the same time I was so ready.
In addition to feeling overwhelmed by all these changes the day had arrived to move in and attend the orientation. I had met a few transfers at the orientation with whom I became friendly. That night I got invited to hang out with some transfers and other returning students and it made my nerves relax and led me to be more open and sociable. Two weeks later was the club fair where I signed up for Colleges Against Cancer; a club that would have a huge impact on my life in the near future.
Colleges Against Cancer was a club that donated its proceeds to The American Cancer Society, held fundraisers and ran Relay For Life. I began by going to meetings, and then upped my game by partaking in the clubs events. Overtime, I made friends with the club members and began spending most of my time with them. The involvement made me feel important and the friendships formed were worthwhile. I worked my way up and became the Public Relations chair for the upcoming spring where I marketed the club and made flyers. I thoroughly enjoyed holding an Executive-Board position, and that’s when I decided to run for President for the fall. I got the position and worked hard to recruit new members and make the club more known on campus. I felt it was my job to work hard and see a change in how others view clubs.
Transferring was the scariest and also the best decision I made in my life thus far. I opted for a happier college experience and that’s exactly what I got. I would not be where I currently am without joining the Colleges Against Cancer club and establishing my place on campus. Taking chances and risks are what make life interesting and I suggest that if someone is unhappy at their current school to look into transferring. I chose to be happy, and transferring to a new school and getting a new beginning was what made me happy.

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