Adjusting to a new school, new friendships, and new classes can be difficult. You may feel overwhelmed at times, but there are many resources to help you!
- Make a daily schedule. Whether you’re using iCalendar or a planner, keeping track of activities throughout the week will keep you organized and improve time management. Fill in your class times and other commitments you may have and then, write down your assignments and when you plan to do them each day. Having a plan allows you to measure out which tasks take priority. After you complete each task, cross it off. It feels good to get things accomplished, and it may relieve some anxiety.
- Talk with your MOST mentor. They are a great resource for help. As a MOST mentor myself, I enjoy hearing from my mentees. I’m sure the other mentors would agree that we love to help people in any way that we can, especially those who may be going through the same experiences we did.
- Talk with your professor. If you are not receiving the grades you hoped for, make a meeting to sit down with your professor. It is important to take initiative and show that you are serious about your grades. Not all teachers offer extra credit, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have found that many teachers are supportive of second chances.
- Contact your advisor. With serious issues, such as changing your major, contact your advisor and make an appointment. It’s important to take care of matters as soon as possible.
Overall, the best and most straightforward advice I can stress is: Go to class, Do the work, Ask for help!
Whether you’re interested in a club sport, joining an organization related to your major, or going Greek, Oswego has it all! Becoming involved in activities on campus is an essential part of being part of a college community. SUNY Oswego offers more than 190 clubs and organizations. Although it may be an overwhelming number to consider, it is also an opportunity to explore your interests. You may be surprised by what catches your attention…
Lakerlife is a great tool to use when looking through the clubs and organizations offered at Oswego. Once you log in, you can scroll through the database. If you are interested in getting involved on campus and haven’t had a chance to join a club, I would advise you to make a list of the clubs and organizations that you would consider joining. From there, narrow it down to the top three. Often times, the E-board will be posted under the roster tab. Send an email asking to join the mailing list, and you’re in!
The process may seem long, but it is well worth it. Clubs and organizations allow you the potential to gain leadership positions, learn new skills, and improve weaknesses. It’s also a really great way to meet new people with similar interests and your experiences can lead to great opportunities that you wouldn’t have thought of. Clubs and organizations are a great resume builder and employers love to see that you are an active member of your college community.
My best advice is to take advantage of every opportunity that you can. I say that because that is the advice I followed the minute I walked on the Oswego campus this past fall. In addition to interning with Transfer Services, I am the secretary for PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), VP of Public Relations for Business Management Club, media relations assistant for Campus Recreation, a mentor for transfer students, and a member of the club volleyball team. Last year, I played on the varsity volleyball team, but decided to step back this year to focus on academics.
As you might be able to tell, I love to keep busy with different activities. It can be scary jumping into new things, but Oswego is such a great school filled with people who want to help you succeed. Don’t be afraid to put yourself in uncomfortable situations and step out of your comfort zone! I can almost guarantee it will pay off in the end.
Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Lasky and I am the public relations intern for Transfer Services, so I will be posting on here a lot!
Just a quick background on myself – I am a junior from Latham, NY, studying public relations and business administration. I transferred from Worcester Polytechnic Institute last fall, which is a small engineering school in Massachusetts. I loved the school, but I realized that I no longer wanted to pursue a career in engineering. I came across Public Relations and SUNY Oswego has one of the best programs in New York, so here I am!
For new students, welcome to Oswego! It can be tough transferring to another school, but there are many resources that can help you make the transition easier. In addition to the Office of Transfer Services, there is also a Facebook group, Twitter page, and transfer events that occur throughout the year. The links are posted down below.
You can also reach out to your MOST mentors for any questions. I am a mentor myself, and you can email me at any time and I’ll try to help in any way I can!
Again, welcome to Oswego and I wish you the best of luck with your transition! :)
Office of Transfer Services
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As the semester wraps up, I find myself rushing to get everything done on time and organize myself for the weeks ahead. I thought that registration would be a simple thing; and while it was for me, my friends continue to have issues with it. Some are going to be continuing to work out registration into the first week of next semester.
On top of a few back-to-back exams next week, I’m starting to look into grad schools to apply to for Spring 2015. Navigating this process isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I decided to try to find a few good grad programs in my chosen field (Masters in Social Work) that don’t require the GRE, both because of the cost of prep courses/materials and the cost of the exam itself, along with the time required to study for it. I know that skipping the GRE isn’t an option for everyone, but it definitely pays off to research some grad school options that are more tailored to your interests that might not require it. If I’d chosen Psychology for grad school, I would need the GRE, but because Social Work more closely fits my interests and is in the same ballpark, I can get by without the GRE. I highly suggest looking into skipping it.
Some sage words of advice (that I should take note of myself more often): eat breakfast, or some sort of food before noon; take a break and wander down to the shore at least once a week; and above all, cut your friends some slack. We’re all stressed out right now.
By: Shawn King
Transferring to Oswego in 2011 was truly a culture shock. Previously, I have attended SUNY Morrisville. The atmosphere and the dynamic of that was complete different then that of Oswego. Much like I am on this campus, on the SUNY Morrisville campus I was also extremely involved. But at Morrisville, the involvement was very limiting. There were only a few clubs and organizations that could be joined. Coming to Oswego, I was baffled by the amount of opportunities. Everyday was I learning about a new group or organization that I could join. I loved that idea of having options and being able to express myself in so many different ways.
Oswego has helped me in so many ways. It has made me realize my strengths and made me aware of my weaknesses. Oswego has given me the chance to really find myself and take my leadership skills to their highest potential. I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given in Oswego. Being an education major, Oswego has given me the chance to see the different options in education. With practicum, I have interacted and met so many different people, which have in turn helped me grow so much.
Oswego has so many opportunities, it is all up to you whether or not one goes out and looks for them. Oswego was definitely a great choice.
By: Darlynda Brownlee
I’m not a transfer student. I didn’t begin my college experience for a semester or two elsewhere and then have the opportunity to begin anew at SUNY Oswego. I enrolled Fall 2011 as a freshman and I have been attached to these buildings ever since. Prior to coming to Oswego though, I did do some college while in high school at City Tech College in downtown Brooklyn, NY. Walking those halls in the city and not really knowing anyone made my choice of going away that much clearer. Although I had weekend classes, the genuine aura of the school was one that was very business based. It seemed like students just went to class, maybe stopped for something to eat and then went home. Compared to what I saw then to what I know now, I would have and will continue to choose SUNY Oswego over that school or any other school for that matter.
In being here for now three years, I’ve learned so much about not only myself but also about the communications field and the life I’d like to lead after graduation. In attending this school, I realized what I wanted to do with my life and the specific career path I want to follow. It was because of the professors that I’ve met, the students that sat beside me in class as not only my peers but also my competition, that fueled the profound love I hav for the college at Oswego. I found myself here and my overall growth process is still continuing. There are so many opportunities here from clubs and organizations to internship and job gateways to all majors. I’ve met my best friends here, I pushed myself and realized that I am a leader and can lead my class not only to graduation but through the ups and down that life will take us through. I’ve fallen in love, cried and built legacies all in a matter of semesters. I am a God fearing, ambitious, goal chasing young woman and it’s because SUNY Oswego polished me this way.
I don’t think City Tech could have offered me at least half of the lessons and opportunities that Oswego has, and honestly I’m glad I didn’t wait around to see. I am happy here, I love it here and I will continue to recommend this school and its teachings to the generation to come. I am proud student of this establishment and I just hope everyone, transfer or not, gains the ability to be just as prideful.
By: Kiana St Louis