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Transfer student: ‘Faculty really nurture your skills.’


MORGAN

MAJOR: Crop and weed science

HOMETOWN: Lexington, Kentucky

TRANSFERRED FROM: University of Kentucky

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NDSU?

I valued a university that is striving to expand and grow. It’s no secret NDSU has been making a bigger impact than ever before, especially in agriculture. I was drawn to NDSU because they embraced being a research-based land-grant university.

TIPS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Pick five things that are most important to you in your life and find ways to nurture those things on campus and in Fargo. Join a student organization, a local church or visit area coffee shops and pick your favorite. The most successful people in college quickly get acquainted with their new surroundings. 

ADVICE ON ADAPTING TO NDSU:

Your professors are your lifeline. They are here to help assist you on your journey at NDSU and beyond. They are critical to a successful NDSU experience. They are more than willing to answer your questions and concerns about anything in the classroom and about your life. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

DESCRIBE YOUR TRANSFER EXPERIENCE:

Within a month of transferring to NDSU, I had the opportunity to sharpen my leadership skills with a job at the Volunteer Network. I also took on a position as an Ag Ambassador. I’m very passionate about giving back to communities that give me so much. It really helped that I made the most of every opportunity to meet new people and enhance my experience at NDSU.

WHAT ROLE HAVE ADIVSERS, PROFESSORS AND CLASSMATES PLAYED IN YOUR TRANSITION?

I would not be the student I am without the role models I have on campus. Each of them has shown great interest in my well-being and I couldn’t be more grateful. NDSU has professors who are great role models. They really nurture your skills, which leads to new opportunities on and off campus.

 

MARA

MAJOR: Civil engineering

HOMETOWN: Sawyer, North Dakota

TRANSFERRED FROM: Bismarck State College 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NDSU? 

NDSU has a great engineering program. I toured campus when I was in high school and really enjoyed the small community vibe and how friendly everyone is.

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS?

Find a quiet place to get homework done. The top floor of the library is a great spot, but make sure you have somewhere else to go during midterms and finals. All the buildings have study areas. Find one you like.

ADVICE ON ADAPTING TO NDSU:

Get out and experience NDSU. Go to football games, join clubs and get involved. There are so many different things to do at NDSU and around Fargo. You don’t have to go far to find what you enjoy.

DESCRIBE YOUR TRANSFER EXPERIENCE:

It was easy. Transferring my credits from Bismarck State College was very simple and the transition was much easier than I expected. The class sizes at NDSU are bigger than what I was used to, but I hardly noticed a difference. The professors are always willing to help if I’m struggling.

WHAT ROLE HAVE ADIVSERS, PROFESSORS AND CLASSMATES PLAYED IN YOUR TRANSITION?

My academic adviser was a great resource for career advice. He sat down and worked with me to find out what type of internship I wanted and put together a list of engineering firms to apply to that would closely fit my interests and goals. My professors also have always been there to help. Being able to get help from my classmates, whether it’s homework or not, makes life a lot easier. Everyone has each other’s back at NDSU.

 

JAYCI

MAJOR: Strategic communication

HOMETOWN: Moorhead, Minnesota 

TRANSFERRED FROM: Minnesota State University Mankato

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NDSU?

I’m from the area and thought having familiarity with my surroundings would be nice. I’m also really passionate about public relations and working with other people, so NDSU’s strategic communication program seemed like the perfect fit for me.

TIPS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Make sure you are getting what you want out of the experience. If you want to get involved on campus, head to informational meetings. Get involved in intramurals, find a job, etc. Do whatever you choose to do for yourself and what you want to get out of your college experience. And make friends with your advisers. They are an important ally.

DESCRIBE YOUR TRANSFER EXPERIENCE:

From the beginning, NDSU was helpful and organized. I was registered for classes before I knew it. NDSU requires transfer and first-year students in their programs to take an intro class for their program together. This really made me feel included and ready to take on the next three years.

WHAT ROLE HAVE ADIVSERS, PROFESSORS AND CLASSMATES PLAYED IN YOUR TRANSITION? 

Advisers and faculty are some of the best allies you can have in college. They want to see you succeed just as much as you do. My program has a lot of group projects, so my classmates are often team members. With NDSU being so student focused, I’ve learned a lot just by working with others.


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