A Letter to Transfer Students

March 28, 2017

To whom it may concern, 

 

I would like to formally congratulate you on your acceptance to Briar Cliff University. I would like to welcome you into the new chapter of your life. Transferring schools can be one of the scariest and most rewarding things you will do. You accomplished the hard part: Deciding to transfer, choosing a school and getting accepted. Now that the weight of getting accepted is off your shoulders, let’s go over some important things. 

 

First and foremost, financial aid is important. Especially transferring schools, you want to make sure that is squared away. One of the most gut wrenching feelings is signing your life away saying you are going to pay back all your loans in six months if you do not show proof of going to school. Applying for FAFSA prior to the national deadline is always a good thing. If you qualify for financial aid being one of the first to apply is beneficial as the government only allows each school to have certain amount of financial aid. The next deadline I would worry about is scholarships. Briar Cliff has a variety of scholarships that students may qualify for. Like with FASFA, scholarship money is on a first come, first serve basis. While scholarship applications may seem tedious, it can make a world of difference when it comes paying for school. Remember you will miss 100% of the shots you do not take. Worst comes to worst, you spent a few hours away from Netflix. Feel free to contact Shelby Reed at either (712)279-5239 or at Shelby.Reed@briarcliff.edu. 

 

Secondly comes credits; transferring credits can be difficult. You want to discus with your academic advisor about what classes will transfer and what will not. Do not be afraid to question why certain classes are not transferring. You also must remember that just because it does not transfer does not mean that it was pointless. Some of the classes that seemed pointless to me at the time, led to me meeting my best friends in college. Also, whether you believe it or not, every class teaches you a lesson that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. The lesson could be something academic or it could be just handling a difficult situation, you never know how college wants to shape you. 

 

My third point is acceptance. So, you find out that your credits do not transfer and you are basically starting a new. That is completely OK. So, you are not going to graduate in four years, that is ok. If what you are studying is something you have a passion for it will be worth it in the long run. The best things in life are worth the wait. Also, hard work does pay off in the long run. You are in debt for the rest of your life? Money comes and goes, eventually you will get those loans paid off. I know this chapter is scary, but trust me great things will come. 

My last point prior to letting you get to Netflix is to take some risks and enjoy life. Do not be afraid of putting yourself out there and making new friends. You alone are the only one that can change how your college experience goes. Join the club that peeks your interest. At the end of the day your happiness and sanity matter more than any piece of paper can tell you. What you put into college is what you will get out. Life is about taking risks. If you never take a risk, you will never achieve your dreams. 

 

Once again Congratulations on being accepted into Briar Cliff University. I hope whatever you are looking for you find here. Even though it is scary everything will be fine. Just remember your deadlines for applications, make sure you get credits transferred, accept the challenges that are being thrown at you and take risks. You have already done great things and will continue to do great things. 

 

Sincerely, a former transfer student, 

Jamie Ramirez

 

 

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