Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 344 Work hard As a transfer student, you most likely understand the importance of good grades and career preparation. The consequences of mediocrity or failure are also likely to be more real now than they were when you started college. Many employers, and all graduate and professional schools, will con- sider your GPA in the hiring or admission process. Your upper division and major course grades are particularly important because they speak to your performance in coursework directly relevant to your career goals. So, buckle down and embrace the challenge to excel. Get your priorities in order, improve your study habits, and do what it takes to succeed. Expect to be busy As a rule, upperclass students work more and play less than freshmen. In addition to taking classes and studying, upper class students often work at a part-time job, participate in one or more student organizations, con- duct research, and/or volunteer in the community. There’s an adage that states “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” Busy people tend to manage their time more effectively and they’re often more productive than those with extra time on their hands. You can and should socialize and have fun in college, but academics and career preparation must be your top priorities. Successful students generally have one thing in common: they manage their time effectively. Be prepared to make decisions quickly Incoming freshmen have plenty of time to acclimate to campus, select a major, weigh their career options, apply for campus jobs and summer internships, join clubs, and plan to study abroad. As a transfer student, you simply don’t have the same luxury of time. In order for you to get the most out of your college experience and graduate in a reasonable amount of time, you need to be able to make de- cisions quickly. If you follow the recommendations in this booklet, thor- oughly gather information, and seek the guidance you need, you will be prepared to make the best choices for you, and for your future. “By the time I got on campus, the other students already had groups of friends. Everything’s great now, but it took awhile before I felt like I fit in.” Brad, senior math major