WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018
CONTRIBUTOR: CAROLYN FREER - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF TRANSFER ADMISSIONS
I received a call from a transfer student the other day, and she had a lot of questions, and I could tell she was anxious. I didn’t want to interrupt her because she had to find the right words to express herself. I let her speak and what finally came through were the following questions.
Will my credits transfer into a degree at your school?
Probably one of the most important questions a student who is thinking of transferring anywhere can ask. Whether the student is attending a community college to save money and wants to know the associate’s degree track they have chosen will get them into the major they wish to pursue at a 4-year school or if they’re transferring from another 4-year school; knowledge is power. I was a transfer student (a long time ago) from a 4-year liberal arts college and bringing those credits into a public school curriculum was challenging. It was also the dawn of the Internet (yes, that long ago) and there wasn’t much information available. I had to advocate for myself. Once I had enrolled at my new school, I viewed my degree audit and realized courses were missing. I had to knock on the doors of department chairs and fight for the credits I knew I had earned. That’s why it’s always best to figure out if a school you’re thinking of transferring to will offer you a preliminary credit evaluation before you make that final decision.
How much will it cost me to attend?
We’ve all listened to the news or read articles about the skyrocketing cost of higher education and students graduating with mounds of debt, so why wouldn’t everyone be scared out of their minds? It may seem cliché but college is an investment, and with every investment, there is a risk. However, the value of your education will pay dividends over time. There were many times during the years I attended college where I thought about giving up. What was I doing all of this for? Working two jobs, commuting an hour both ways to campus, studying crazy hours and taking summer classes to graduate on time but if I had given up, I wouldn’t be where I am today. As long as you have a financial plan, even if it means taking out loans to pay for school in the short-term, you will make it. And never overlook an opportunity to help pay for your education. There are $46 billion of scholarships offered to college students each year, hundreds of state and federal grants for specific programs and lenders that can provide reasonable interest rates and repayment terms for students. Do your research, and you will be rewarded, I promise!
And my favorite …
When will I be able to graduate?
As a runner, I’m always focused on the finish line but sometimes that gets in the way of the race. If I consciously try to pay attention to the little things along the course that make me smile or feel good then the overall race is a wonderful experience and crossing that finish line with a smile! No one should force themselves to go to college if they just want a diploma in hand because they will hate it. Being mindful of the process is as important as the goal itself. College should be an experience that you at least enjoy a little. As an undergrad I was a Journalism major and to fulfill an elective, I took an Anthropology course entitled “Major Revolutionary Movements of the 20th Century.” It was a three hour night class in a giant lecture hall, and the professor gave us tests that were 150 questions of multiple choice, but I learned so much! So, never be afraid to take a chance on a class or a club or a sport because you never know if you will love it.
At Bay Path University, we want transfer students to succeed, and that starts with making an informed decision about their education. Our Transfer Admissions team takes the time to answer the questions above, but we also have in-depth conversations to find out what other tools or resources a student will need to start off on the right foot. Bay Path’s motto is Carpe Diem, seize the day, and that is what we wish for all of our transfer students; that they will seize the day and achieve their dreams.