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Making Hard Decisions - One student's choice to transfer

March 17, 2014

Each transfer story is different. My own adventure began at a mid-size, private university in New England where, after a couple of months, I found myself questioning my surroundings and what I wanted to get out of my undergraduate education. I first realized my uncertainty about where I was as I walked around the campus and found myself thinking, “Well this is nice… but why am I here?” After a couple more months of reflection, I decided to apply to transfer to Pomona. Why? Because I realized that, having grown up in Connecticut, I wanted a new experience further from home at a smaller school dedicated to the liberal arts with the resources and community of a mid-size university.

Transferring after my first year of undergrad was a tough but freeing decision. As I flew to Pomona in late August, I welcomed the land of palm trees and In-n-Out. I moved in a week before classes started and quickly met my fellow 14 transfers (all transfer students are put in a sponsor group in Walker Hall). As part of our transition, we participated in the same orientation integration experience as all the first year students – full of talks, games, and an Orientation Adventure trip (OA). Additionally, the Career Development Office set aside an hour to talk with our transfer group about internships and fellowships. With this orientation, the College helped my adventures at Pomona embark.

As I think about my experiences over the past few years, I have realized that there are a couple of essential questions every prospective transfer applicant to Pomona should consider. Really take the time to reflect on where you are and what you want out of your college experience. Ask yourself: what can Pomona offer you that your current institution does not? Ask yourself: what do you specifically bring to Pomona? And, most importantly, be yourself.

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