You have attended SOS, created your first schedule of classes and found the perfect place to live. You are now ready to begin your journey as part of the Auburn Family. You have eagerly anticipated this moment of change, and you believe transferring to Auburn University is going to be one of the most exciting aspects of your college years.
Although you are prepared and ready to embark on this new adventure, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dealing with the feeling of uncertainty. It is common for transfer students to have mixed feelings when they are trying to adjust to a new environment. On one hand, you may be filled with excitement as you walk down Haley Concourse yelling “War Eagle” to every student you pass; whereas, on the other hand, you may be feeling overwhelmed and lost as you sit alone in class.
Regardless of your situation or the feelings you may be experiencing, Auburn cares about you and wants to make sure this transition is as smooth and carefree as possible.
Here are a few tips and on-campus resources that will help ensure success as you begin your journey as an Auburn student.
1. Visit the Academic Support Coaching Service
“Transfer shock.” A commonly heard term from transfers.
Have you heard of it? Transfer shock is when a student attains a lower grade point average than their peers who started college at Auburn. This may be experienced in the first or second semester after transferring. Transfer shock may be due to classroom size, academic, social and other crucial issues that a transfer student faces.
To prevent and decrease the number of students who experience transfer shock, Academic Support coaching is a great resource to visit.
Academic Support is located on the ground floor of the library. They coordinate many great group study programs; however, the individual academic coaching program helps you gain the skills needed to prevent transfer shock.
These one-on-one sessions focus on skills such as time and stress management, note taking, textbook reading and test taking strategies.
2. Make an Appointment with the Auburn University Career Center
The Career Center offers opportunities for students to work with staff who can help you choose a major, write resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews and provide job search assistance.
Auburn’s First Year Experience Program Coordinator, Taylor Kamin, believes that the Career Center is a great resource for transfer students to explore different ways to achieve their final goal.
“I think transfer students have a good idea of what they want to do, but they don’t necessarily know how to get there. Majors are different from institution to institution,” said Kamin. “You may think you want to be a history major to get the job you want, but when you come to Auburn, you realize maybe Public Relations is a better option.”
The Career Center can point you in the right direction!
3. Get Involved
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“I think it is the best way to find friends quickly,” said Kamin. “Transfer students often feel left out, so finding friends through involvement is a great, easy way to not feel that.”
There are many different ways to become involved at Auburn. Be sure to check out the following resources:
4. Ask for Guidance
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The transferring process can sometimes be difficult and it may take you time to adjust. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to the First Year Experience Office. They can help you identify any issues that you may be facing and can direct you to the resources that will meet your needs.
Another great source for information is the transfer student newsletter, Secrets to Soar. These newsletters will provide you with even more tips on how to succeed on your journey as an Auburn student.
Best of luck and WAR EAGLE!
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