You may have already though of some of these and included them in your transfer student orientation…
As a former transfer student, and a support staff member for college student experience initiatives, I would like to recommend the following be included as ‘Basics about Pace’ workshop:
· Terminology specific to your institution (you can have fun with this and throw in some slang/phrases often used by others at your school and their meanings and maybe the school song/cheers/mascot info)
· A List and map of student services with their locations, services, hours of operation, contact info, and any specific details such as whether appointments are required or what they should bring with them. If an advisor, success coach, or other persons from the offices most pertinent to students can come and actually introduce themselves to these individuals, this can help with establishing their connection to the school.
· Mission, vision, and values of the University framed in relation to student experience.
· Virtual or physical tour of campus(es).
Although these topics are basic, these are just a few of the things I wish were clearly introduced to me as a transfer student. Transfer students can often be overlooked in implementing your new student experience. Essentially they need to be welcomed just as new students to the institution, and given respect for the experience and hard work they’ve already put in at other schools prior to arriving.
Another workshop that might be helpful to transfer students is transcript review in comparison to graduation requirements and financial aid. As a student, I was unaware that having over a certain amount of credit hours would affect my financial aid status.
Something that might be helpful for any student is a workshop on how to narrow down major choices. I was a student with many interests and I had a hard time figuring out what major to decide on and stick with.
Principles of leadership: I participated in a leadership workshop series as a student and loved it. There were community leaders that spoke and answered questions. There were brainstorming sessions on student leadership opportunities. And we were encouraged to journal our experiences.
Hope this helps!
Greetings from Westchester County, New York.
The Learning Assistance Center @ Pace offers academic skills workshops for various groups of students, some course content focused, some skills based.
In the spring semester 2019, we anticipate about fifty new transfer students, and we would like to offer a workshop series addressing specific academic needs of transfer students.
Can anyone offer suggestions of topics that help transfers transition to the school community?
Thank you for sharing your insight.
Coordinator of Academic Coaching & Study Skills
Learning Assistance Center
861 Bedford Road
Mortola Library Room 309D
Pleasantville, NY 10570
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