By: Alyssa Barnsdale
Congratulations, you have made the decision to come to the University of Wyoming. You have registered for classes, found a place to live, and are excited to start a new step in your journey. Maybe you are from a big town or a small town. Either way, UW is the place for you! Now that you have done all the preparation to attend the university, below are some steps that will help you adjust to your new life as a transfer student.
Chicory Bechtel works as the manager of Articulation for Academic Affairs in the Transfer Success Center. Before that, she worked in the Multicultural Center on campus as a secondary advisor. Throughout her five years of experience with multicultural students and being a transfer student herself, she gave the following tips on how any transfer student can obtain success.
- It is important to prioritize your expectations. Students should make attainable goals.
- Realize that Google is your best friend and learn to use it and other resources to their full capacity.
- Work with your strengths. Realize that while you may not be good at everything, everyone is good at something. Learn to capitalize on your strengths and find others who can help you either overcome your weaknesses or learn to cope with them.
- Find an accountability partner for everything, not just working out. Accountability partners can help keep you focused while studying, help you prepare for tests, and even make sure you find the motivation to go to class every day.
- It is important to get involved in events and clubs along with regular academia. These organizations will help you build connections, exercise your leadership skills, and make new friends.
- Realize that as a transfer student you have less time to make important connections, so focus on relationships that will be the most beneficial.
- Make relationships with your advisor/s. They are one of your first connections that you make when you come to campus. Advisors will help keep you on track for graduation and assist you with class choices.
- Faculty are extremely important to your success in academia while you attend the university as well as helping you build relationships with others when you go out to find internships, future jobs, or higher learning. Most places require at least three letters of recommendation, most of them from an academic source. Here are some tips to make those academic connections:
- Get to know them
- Visit their office hours
- Ask questions while in class
Using the tips above will help you the first few weeks at the university, as well as the rest of your academic career. Hopefully these student tips will smooth and streamline your transfer process here at UW. It is important to remember that YOU belong here! Sometimes setbacks can make us believe that we aren’t on the right track or that this isn’t the college for us. This is simply untrue. According to Ms. Bechtel, “Transfer students not only belong at UW; they are an invaluable part of our learning community. If a transfer student is unsure of where to begin with finding support, start with the Transfer Success Center.”