As high school seniors, many of us imagined going to our dream college for all four years of our undergraduate career and graduating with our closest friends. For many, that’s exactly what happened, but there is a much different path ahead for others. Some of us went off to various universities or community colleges and somehow ended up with a label we might not have originally anticipated: "transfer students."
As a prospective transfer student, you might be wondering whether or not there will be more people like you who understand what it’s like to transfer to a new school. Although it may seem as though transfer students are few and far between, you will soon discover that there are actually quite a few of us here at Mississippi College and that MC provides multiple opportunities and experiences that are specifically designed for transfer students to get involved and make MC their home. Whether you are considering transferring to MC or you are already a transfer student this semester, here are three tips on how you can get involved and make Mississippi College feel more like home.
Step out of your comfort zone.
This may seem a little scary at first, but once you see how genuine and kind the people are at MC, you’ll have no trouble doing this at all. Not only will you meet wonderful people who already go to MC, you will also get to know other transfer students who understand exactly how you feel.
Mississippi College provides multiple ways for you get to know other transfer students through your Blue and Gold group for chapel, your classes, and your dorm hall. I even made friends with other transfer students through the Transfer Scholarship Competition held during the Spring and Summer. Being a transfer student is a great opportunity to make friends with students of all ages and classifications. Take advantage of all Mississippi College has to offer transfer students and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a little and talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to.
This might seem like a given, but it’s important. There are many ways to get involved on campus such as pledging a Club or Tribe, joining various academic or social clubs, getting an on-campus job, joining an intramural sports team, or participating in student leadership roles.
I would encourage you to attend interest meetings for clubs during your first month at MC and make a list of the ones you feel would be most beneficial for you according to your major and your passions. For example, a Biology/Medical Sciences major might join the SMACS club in order to have access to more tutoring time for Chemistry. He or she could also join the MEDLIFE club in order to have the opportunity to learn more about the medical field and possibly participate in an overseas medical missions trip. Choose your extracurricular activities wisely and be sure that the ones you choose will be beneficial for you and the organization you are interested in. I would also recommend getting involved at a church in the Clinton area. Clinton has wonderful churches that are so excited to meet you and help you feel comfortable in your new home.
Don’t get overwhelmed – make a schedule for yourself and stick to it.
When you hear people say that Mississippi College has a lot to offer, they really are being honest. As I stated before, there are several ways to get involved here at MC. With how many opportunities there are for on campus involvement, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and to struggle with which ones to choose.
Make a prioritized schedule for yourself and stick to it. Schedule in times for your classes, studying, church activities, work, and anything else you feel needs to be at the top of your list. After your main priorities are scheduled in, see how much time you have left and organize it according to social time, alone time, and time for clubs/organizations. Having your whole schedule set up for each week will help you refrain from getting overwhelmed and having too much on your plate. Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing too many things and having no time for academics. Instead, choose things that will help you grow and learn more about what is important to you.
College life as a transfer student may seem difficult at first, but if you are patient and willing to step out of your comfort zone, you will feel right at home at Mississippi College. As a current transfer student, I couldn’t imagine going anywhere other than MC to finish my college career and I’m so grateful for how wonderful everyone has been to me in my time here so far. As a future or current transfer student at MC, you will soon find yourself with some of the best friends you have ever met, the best professors you have ever been taught by, and the most challenging, yet rewarding, years of your life so far.
A Student Who Has Been in Your Shoes