College is a hard adjustment for many young adults. It is often filled with many exciting and fun moments, but also has some challenging times. This can be especially true for someone who changes schools in the middle of their college career.
My experience: The first college
As I grew up, society, movies, and other forms of media made college seem like the most perfect period of one’s life. I found my future college home as a senior in high school. As I headed to that school, I truly thought my college life would reflect what is shown in the movies.
But that was not the case. After attending, I realized the college I chose was not the one for me. Even though I strongly believed I would love every minute there, it didn’t work out that way.
Fast forward to present day: I have moved across the country, made several life long friendships, and found a place I can call home here at Lubbock Christian University.
The LCU experience: Good and bad
While many days can seem like butterflies and rainbows, a few factors have made being a transfer student at LCU difficult. t eI am in a group of transfer girls that tries to meet for coffee once a week. The consensus of that group is that the transfer experience can be very lonely at times, and daunting at first.
Allison Giussani, a junior on track for pre-physical therapy, from Levelland stated, “It’s scary not knowing what will happen at first, but taking it day by day is a way to ease yourself through it.”
One of the challenges is the lack of orientation. A dinner for transfer students is offered by LCU to meet other transfers. Most of us agreed that the dinner is well-received, but that an additional dessert-and-mingle time would be nice to meet more people.
LCU offers many resources but, in a way, you are left to discover them on your own.
Kaetlyn Sybesma, a junior, with an early childhood development major who transferred from Cal Baptist, agreed about orientation and added that she wished she had been given a better opportunity to meet people. But overall, she said, the transition into LCU has been easier than expected.
“I’m very thankful for [transfer counselor]Jody Reding and the group of girls she made every Wednesday morning,” Kaetlyn said. “We sit together and share our struggles over lattes and it’s really nice.”
Kaetlyn also appreciates the LCU Education Department: “I’m not just a face there – they’ve taken the time to get to know me and really make sure that I’m doing alright.”
Anna Lundberg, a senior business management major, transferred from Gus University in Minnesota. She agreed that the Wednesday coffee time nis an amazing blessing, and she pointed out the culture of LCU.
“Moving across the country from Minnesota was probably the challenge,” Anna said. “My professors and the other students that I have met here have been really kind. Right after arriving on campus, I knew this school was a better fit. The morals and education ideals of LCU really coincide with what I believe..”
For all new transfers, Anna recommended joining a club. She said that being a member of Zeta Gamma has made meeting new people a lot easier.
I also ran into Tyler Gregor, a freshman secondary education major, who transferred across town from Texas Tech University. I asked what it was like to transfer from a state school to a private Christian school.
Tyler said, “It’s been very refreshing because Tech was such a big place — it feels far more like a community here!”.
Finally, I decided to go the legend herself, Jody Reding, the transfer counselor here at LCU. I asked her what she’s noticed about the transfer experience and tips for anyone new to campus this semester.
She first explained that there are two types of transfer students at LCU: those that come from a community college, and those transferring from a four-year university.
She said most people coming from a four-year school weren’t expecting to transfer to another school, so LCU is in a way a second chance. These students have to meet people all over again, and it can also be difficult to come in and learn a new university’s way of doing things.
Jody said it’s different, however, for community college transfers: “They’ve never really been to a university like LCU, so they’re taking in the experience for the first time.”
The key: Getting involved
Jody stressed that, for either type of transfer, student, it’s important to get involved on campus.
“What you put into a college is what you’re going to get out of it,” she said. “Most transfers at LCU don’t end up living on campus, so they really need to be intentional about getting plugged in.”
For me personally, being a transfer has been an intimidating but all-in-all amazing experience. Finally finding a place that feels right has given me a peace that is truly a blessing. I have found a place that I personally love pouring into. It is home to amazing people.
Whether you’re a transfer here at LCU or not, get involved and reach out to people! We have an amazing community, so take advantage of it. I have found that college is all the more fun when you’re involved and surviving day by day with friends that will last a lifetime.