The Pace Press’s declassified transfer student survival guide


Brooke Salamone

Let’s face it, transitioning to a new university is never easy. Whether coming from a community college at home, leaving a campus that was not the perfect match, or coming back to education after a break, the transition can be downright nervewracking.

No need to fear, incoming Setters; The Pace Press has created a short survival guide for students transferring to the University. A new chapter is about to begin for you, and our survival guide is here to help.

Survival Tip #1: Take a deep breath and remain organized

Organization is the key to success, especially in new situations. The first way to limit the stress of transferring is remaining on top of everything that comes your way. If you’re planning to live on campus, make a list of things you may need for your residence hall. If you are interested in joining a club on campus, do some research and jot down your thoughts. These are just some starter ideas for incoming students who have a lot on their plate. Keeping your paperwork and deadlines organized can also ensure any transfer credits or transfer paperwork is turned in on time.

Staying Organized

It may be a great idea to get a planner or use an online calendar app. This can help you jot down important dates, assignments, and simple things on your to-do list so that you do not forget. Things can often slip your mind because of the transition, so a planner or a calendar can help you stay on track.

Remember to take deep breaths, it will be alright! Like any new change, this can be scary, but it can also very exciting.

Survival Tip #2: Do not be afraid to ask questions

Getting used to life at a new university can be confusing at first. Many wonder where their classes are located, what time the dining hall closes, where they can print things, who their advisor is, and so on. If you do not know, that is okay! This is normal. The simple answer to this problem: do not be afraid to ask questions.

There are plenty of resources in which students can get their question answered. Listed below is a short list of offices where students can get their questions answered.

  1. The Office of Student Success is located in One Pace Plaza on the second floor, Room Y21. This is a perfect office to go with general questions. They will point you in the right direction for success and help you with your Pace Path.
  2. The Office of Student Assistance is located at 156 William Street on the 5th Floor. “OSA” is the perfect place to go with any questions regarding your academic path. For example, this is where you go to add or drop courses or declare a major/minor.
  3. Financial Aid is located at 156 William Street on the 5th floor along with OSA. They will answer any questions in regards to your University bill and finances.
  4. Auxiliary Services is located on the first floor of One Pace Plaza. If you have any questions regarding your meal plan or school ID this is the place to go.
  5. The LGBTQA+ Center is located on the 9th floor, room 902, of 41 Park Row. The center provides a space for all students on campus as well as offers many resources, like Queer Leaders.
  6. Any student leaders on campus, like an RA or a Peer Leader, will be happy to lead you in the right direction.

Survival Tip #3: Find and work closely with your advisor

Your own personal advisor is here to help. Every student on campus, regardless of their major or year, is assigned to an advisor on campus.

It is crucial to know who your advisor is and where they are located on campus. Your advisor is a key component in crafting your own individual pace path that will align with your interests, help you graduate on time, and grow and develop as a student.

To find out who your academic advisor is, you can:

  1. Check Degree Works.
  2. Check success network(in OnTrack).
  3. Email whoismyadvis[email protected] and request to find your academic advisor on campus.

Once you know who your advisor is, you can then reach out and set up an appointment. Make sure to arrive prepared, and jot down some questions you may have beforehand.

Survival Tip #4: Get involved and attend campus events

The number one way to find your place at the University is to get involved on campus. Joining a club or organization that aligns with your interests can not only help you build a network but also can help you make friends.

To find out information on clubs and when they meet, check out OrgSync. This website connects students with all events and club meetings that are happening on campus.

In addition to clubs, the University holds events throughout the year like Drag Queen Bingo, movie nights in the Bianco Room, and trips to all different places in the city. These events are also a great way to meet friends. Check OrgSync and the University’s Instagram page for updates on these events.

Survival Tip #5: Plan goals for yourself

Each student creates a “Pace Path,” which is their plan to success over their time at the University. It can change over time and develop into many things, like planning to study abroad, or applying for an internship at a certain company.

Take the time and create your Pace Path. With this, make a list of goals to achieve during your time at the University—what clubs you want to join, what internships you would like to obtain, and more.

Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible into visible. The University is here to help you achieve your dreams, but it all begins with first developing and setting goals for yourself.

The Final Survival Tip: Keep looking forward!

The most important thing to remember is that while this time may be stressful, it is also exciting! You are about to embark on an enticing journey, all meant to support you in your endeavors. Get ready to begin writing your next chapter, the University is ready to welcome you.