If you would have asked me my senior year of high school if I would be an Aggie engineering student, I would have laughed… But here I am, getting ready to graduate from Texas A&M with my engineering degree. As I reflect on lessons learned through my transfer experience, there are ten things that come to mind.
1. Getting accepted is a big accomplishment!
When transferring to A&M, you apply directly to a major. The competition is stiff and part of your acceptance depends on availability in the major. Getting in to Texas A&M Engineering is a huge accomplishment and something to be proud of!
2. Your transfer story is YOUR story
Every transfer story is unique. You are allowed to like and dislike different components of your story. Do not ever feel guilty or disappointed for that. It is what makes your experience YOURS!
3. Summer school will be your best friend!
Taking classes in the summer might not sound glamorous, but it is an easy way to knock credits out and stay on track to graduate.
4. Find your person who will show you the ropes!
Look for a person who is “in the know” and become their best friend. The best way to learn how to study for that one professor’s really hard exams is by asking around. Be sure to pass that knowledge along!
5. Always ask for credits twice (or three times)
It is likely that not every class you took at your previous school can be applied, but it never hurts to ask a few times! Be sure to come prepared with an old syllabus.
6. Get to know your faculty
One of the best parts of A&M’s engineering program is hands down the faculty. They have a wide variety of experience and are worth getting to know. Don’t be afraid to stop by their offices to talk about research, industry, or life! You never know – a job opportunity might come out of it.
7. Work hard in your classes, especially early on
One of the good and bad things about transferring is your previous GPA is wiped clean. Work hard in your classes to ensure your GPA starts out well. This will provide you better opportunities later on!
8. Get Involved!
Transferring does not dismiss you from being involved on campus! Joining an organization is a great way to find community and get plugged into the student life. After all, you are a student here too!
9. You will graduate!
All the jokes of “I am never graduating” are only jokes. There will come a day when you cross that stage and receive a well-earned diploma.
10. Nothing beats a Texas A&M Engineering Degree
A Texas A&M Engineering degree does not only come with engineering knowledge, but one of the biggest networks in the world, the Aggie Network. Most importantly, the Aggie values shape you into a well-respected engineer and person.
Transferring can be challenging; however, it is all worth it!
Are you interested in transferring to the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University?