“Aggie in Argentina” Transfer Student Studies Abroad Part 1

The Transfer Student Interview Series continues with Lexie Munevar, past community college student leader and now university transfer student studying abroad.

“When in my life time would I ever be able to live abroad if not now?” How often does that thought cross your mind? For many of our college and university students, the thought of living abroad might come to them when they see a flyer on a campus bulletin board or a tweet reminding them that the deadline for the next study abroad trip is in a week. For my latest transfer student to interview, the idea came from the Transfer Event during her first quarter at university, where she saw the study aboard program.


Wow Yourself After You Transfer

Transfer Student Interview. Past Community College AS President becomes University WOW Orientation leader.
Meet Sandra Robles, a community college student from Canada College in Redwood City, who went on to transfer to Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. While at Canada, she first started with biology thinking that she would go down the pre-med route. However, she soon found out that it wasn’t the right major for her.


What is Motivating you to Transfer? A Quick Values and Motivation Exercise

If someone were to ask you today, what motivates you, what would you say? Is it money? Knowledge? Your family?

If someone were to ask you why you were going to college? Or, why do you want to transfer to the University? Would you have an answer for them immediately? Or would you need to think about it?

For some of you, making the choice, setting the goal, doing the work so you can transfer to the University is huge. There might be a family member or a co-worker who do not understand how much work you will need to do. I’ve seen students come from finishing their first semester at the community college to starting their first day the at the university. Some days were easy and some were very hard. It is one thing to earn your A.A or A.S. degree, but it is another thing to be applying to the University, following all the steps your TAG requirers, to making sure your GPA is high enough, AND having to finish your current classes.

So, on those days you think you can’t do it anymore, I want you to think of three words that will motivate you to keep going. If you don’t have those right now, let me help you with a little Values and Motivation exercise.

Quick Values and Motivation Exercise

The following list of words are values that can help you focus and keep you motivated to achieve the status of Transfer Student. I want you to pick three. For those students who have already transferred, I want you to pick three values that will motivate you to reach graduation.

As you read each word, think about how important that value is to you.
Write the word down or take a mental note. I want you to narrow it down to your top 3 values.


Do not see a value that is important to you? Go ahead and add it to your own list.

Now think about why those three words stood out to you. Do you find something you are passion about? Did you see something you strive to be?

Now take those three values (if you were able to narrow it down to three. You can have four or five if you need to) and find a place you can see them daily. Maybe you can post them on the kitchen fridge. Or maybe somewhere in your car. Or take a picture and make it be one of the screen savers on your phone.

When you need it the most, you will find the motivation you need to keep going. The nice thing about your values is they are always here for you, just some times we need to be reminded of what matters most to us. Now you have a simple reminder to why you might be extra stressed or super busy writing another essay, or solving another math problem. Because you value… (File in the blank)

*This exercise is adapted from the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Curriculum.


University of California Services for Transfer Students

Hey Transfer Students! Look what I found!

I am super excited to share this 2011 information sheet from the University of California Admissions site for Community College Transfer Students. This information sheet provides transfer students will a list of every University of California ranging from UC Davis all the way down to UC Riverside, and what services they have to assist community college students both before and after they arrive at the UC. Programs are categorized as serving either prospective or admitted students. Contact information is also available.

Either you are transferring this spring or are starting your 2nd quarter or semester as a transfer student. It is never too late to make a connection on campus and find that academic and social support your need.

Click here: UC Campus Services for Transfer Students

Click here for the main UC Transfer Admissions website: UC Transfer Admissions

Good Luck!


New Category-Transfer Corner

Been thinking a lot about another use for my blog. I will be away from students for the next year raising my twin girls but I still want to have a connection with my student leaders and other community college students. So, I decided to start a Transfer Corner to support community college students who are making the transition from their local community college to the University. I hope you enjoy and if you know of a student making the jump from community college to University, please feel free to share my blog. Thanks!

Top 3 Transfer Tips I Always Give My Students:

1) Attend Your Transfer Orientation Day: Do whatever you can to make it to your Transfer Day orientation. Very important. They usually register you, help you pick the right classes and connect you with other transfer students.
2) Be Ready to Pay Your Fees the Day You Register: The University does not have grace periods like many of our community colleges. If you don’t pay the same day you register you will lose your classes. Period. Sill apply for Financial Aid!
3) Sunday night calls: For some Transfer students this will be your first time moving away from home. Right now, you probably are worried about your family and how they will handle you being away. I’ve always loved the advice of aim for Sunday night calls. It is a great way to remind yourself to keep connecting with your family and it will help with the home sickness that comes from moving away that first semester. For those of you that close enough to drive home, make it Sunday night dinners. Sometimes, all you need is a home cooked meal and a hug from Mom :)