Hello!! My name is Christina; this is my first semester here at Western Michigan University and I am a transfer student from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC). I am a first generation college student and coming to Western was something I only imagined, so I was super excited to become a bronco and start taking classes this fall.
I went to high school in Bartow, Florida and moved to Kalamazoo in 2008. One of the best choices I made was going to KVCC. I absolutely loved it! I am not a shy person and it didn’t take me long to make friends and learn my way around campus. I even started working at KVCC as a Student Strength Ambassador, anybody who was a student at KVCC will know their Top 5 Strengths. (You better.) My Top 5 are: WOO, Connectedness, Communication, Empathy and Arranger. I really enjoyed working with other students at KVCC, it’s awesome when you’re able to connect with somebody and they truly understand what you’re experiencing. I graduated from KVCC in April and decided to take the summer off before I become a full time student at Western.
So here I am…into my second week at Western and am ready to pull my hair out!! I am learning to have patience and working on my time management skills. Okay, it isn’t that bad but this school is huge and I hardly know anybody. My major is social work, I will apply to the program this October and I am minoring in nonprofit leadership. I have to admit, coming from a college where I knew EVERYONE to Western has been a little overwhelming but I am getting used to it. Did anybody else have trouble finding parking or your classes? Get lost or not know how to find something you needed? Showed up to class late because it takes 15 minutes to park and another 10 minutes to walk to class and another 3 minutes to find it?? Maybe it’s just me and perhaps the rest of you went to the orientation especially for transfer students called the Transfer Transition Program and you haven’t experienced any chaos these first couple weeks but IF you have had a few of these experiences don’t worry it gets easier.
I recently started working in the admissions office as a Transfer Admissions Intern and part of my job is to help transfer students prepare for and transition to WMU. My hopes for this blog are to ensure you that you’re not alone and answer any questions that you might have. I will be sharing my own experiences as a transfer student and I would really love to hear your experiences too.
Let me leave you with one piece of advice: GO TO ORIENTATION!! Look, I know we are all busy with classes, work and life BUT do you really have the time to spend being lost on campus?? During orientation you will get a tour of campus, learn about financial aid, advising and so much more. You can always schedule a campus visit/tour anytime. To sign up for a campus visit click on the link below:
Please, please, please… let me know of any questions or comments that you might have and I will definitely try my best to find you information you need. I’m looking forward to a great first semester here at Western Michigan University.