Alicia Dee Leduc is a graduating senior at SUNY New Paltz. She is currently studying Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre Performance, as well as political science. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, and has close ties with The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her day job, as a waitress, is at Mohonk Mountain House Resort and Spa. Having spent a large part of her collegiate career in leadership positions such as student senate and publicity for student run organizations, she has a deep understanding and comprehension of the inner workings of college life.
Being a transfer student is hard,yes, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. If you’ve transferred from another school there are a multitude of things you’ll need to do, as well as a few mistakes you should try not to make. A large percentage of students in state schools are transfers, so keep an eye out for them.
The first step you should make is to find out if there is a transfer club on campus. James Auer is the president of the Transfer Association at SUNY New Paltz, and it’s the job of that club to help you through class registration, degree requirements, transferring credits, and making friends in a similar situation to yourself. Be careful though, if you’re speaking with someone who was not a transfer, they may be leading you astray.
Due to the large amount of transfer students, most schools have sponsored programs to help you adjust and figure everything out. The SUNY New Paltz program offers transfer mentors, ice creams socials, and various opportunities to get you started, and it all begins on transfer orientation day.
Transfer orientation…it may sound silly, and you might be thinking ‘Well I’ve already done this, and It’s not worth my time”. In truth it can be the best way to assimilate yourself into a new group of friends, and let this campus know who you are and who you want to be for the next few years. So, participate in the seemingly silly activities, and try to be yourself.
Do any of your old high school friends go here? Typically transfers are sophomores or juniors, so high school wasn’t that long ago. Look through your social media to see if any of your old buddies go to your new school, they may have some insight to the inner workings of campus.
Get a job on Campus? You may not need the money, and you may not have much time, but it’s definitely worth it. If you are applying for a job on campus, as a student you can do as little as one hour a week, and as much as 25 hours a week at any of the college run facilities and dining halls. It may not be glamorous, and it may only pay minimum wage, but you’ll be working alongside other students who can help you through being a transfer.
It could be lucrative! Certain colleges may offer scholarships to transfer students specifically. it would definitely be in your favor. Check out your desired schools’ website, and see if you could qualify for some money towards your new educational experience.
College Professors are people too! Some of the greatest and most beneficial bonds you can make in college will be with your teachers. They will help you navigate through your classes, register for coming semesters, and even push a few more of those credits through that didn’t initially transfer.
All in all it can be scary to even think about transferring in todays world. It costs a lot of money, time, and energy, but if you need a change or a better program It can be totally worth it!