Thank you for our current TOCSL students who shared their stories to new Transfer & Off-Campus students!! Below are some of the responses from our wonderful TOCSL TERPS!!
1. Why did you choose UMD?
"Coming from a low socioeconomic household, I am financial restrained from where I can venture off to receive my education. However, the University of Maryland is a great academic institution, with amazing people, whose goals are to make my dreams come true. I am truly lucky to be able to attend such a University."--Crystal
"In state tuition and one of the best Criminology programs in the country."--Karissa
"I chose UMD because of the diversity and the close distance to home and family. Choosing UMD helped me in realizing that greater things are coming my way. "--Celeste
"I chose UMD because of great academics and their athletics. Also, I like their faculty and professors and have a great research school. And i like networking for internships near Washington D.C."--Skylar
2. What is your favorite thing about UMD so far?
"My favorite thing about UMD so far is how inclusive it is. I think our university does a great job at making sure we have a diverse student body. I also really like that there are always events going on. These events are great ways to meet new people and find new interests. "--Allison
"There is always something to do, whether that be on campus or off campus."--Karissa
"My favorite things about UMD include the diversity, the celebration of life, education, and culture."--Miranda
"The friends and community."--Ian
3. What is a resource you've used to help you transition to UMD as a transfer student?
"My Transfer2Terp class; SORC and SEE; and The Chapel."--Celeste
"great resource to help transition to UMD is to following UMD organizations on social media, as well as, attend First Look Fair, Career Fair, and other major events."--Crystal
"Good Morning Commuters is a great way to meet other transfer students!"--Ben
"One resource that I have used to help me transition is peer mentoring programs. At first, I was undecided in my major and after talking to peer mentors at different offices around campus, I found something that really interested me. They talked to me about different traditions, classes, and events that UMD does and that really helped make my transition easier. I also really appreciate the peer mentors in the UMD career center because they have helped me with my resume and how to find internships and jobs. "--Allison
"Friends and classmates have been very helpful as well as the school website."--JoAnne
4. What is your best piece of advice for new transfer students?
"You should go to the Learning Assistance Service for time management skills and Academic Coach in order to learn the best."--Skylar
"My best piece of advice for new transfer students is to get involved. Whether that be with clubs, work opportunities, attending sporting games, or going to events. There are so many clubs at UMD that I believe everyone could find something that interests them. It can be intimidating to attend an event or club meeting by yourself for the first time, but you will meet so many new people. "--Allison
"Asking for help when you need it. At first I was really confused but once I started asking people for help it made everything so much easier."--JoAnne
"Try to find a cohort or a group of people with similar interests or classes it makes your campus life a lot easier especially if you don’t live on campus or you’re a transfer student." --Miranda
"If being engaged in the campus community is important to you, you really need to take the initiative to put yourself out there. Check out different clubs, join academic and/or social groups, and find your group of people. "--Karissa