Why Transfer Students Chose Scholastica

Sabrina Jacobson

Of the 1,800 students who walk across the St. Scholastica campus each day, a small portion of them did not start their journey here. Those students chose to transfer to CSS for various reasons after studying elsewhere.

For Emily Kangas, senior communications major, and Taylor Soghigian, junior social work major, the switch was made after graduating from a community college with an AA degree and a desire to continue their education.

Cheryl Edwards, junior social work and Ojibwe language and culture education double major, made the switch to CSS after a year at the University of Minnesota – Duluth followed by a break from schooling, and made her decision based on family ties. Ashlie Johnson, sophomore nursing major, completed one semester at UMD before deciding CSS was right for her.

While making the decision to transfer may or may not be easy, the process itself is not so simple. A major struggle with transferring is trying to fit in. Both Kangas and Soghigian stated that the hardest part of transferring was finding their sense of belonging.

While incoming freshman participate in Welcome Week activities as a way to meet new people, transfer students are not given that opportunity. As those students walk in on their first day, they are surrounded by a group of people who already know each other.

Another hurdle in transferring is adjustment. Since both Kangas and Soghigian transferred from community colleges, the major difference for them was the workload. Community college is often thought of like a high school, according to Kangas. Coming to CSS requires more time for homework and less time for work or friends. This change can be a struggle, but the number of activities and clubs CSS offers outweighs the amount of work.

For Johnson, the major difference was the ease of contacting professors. Rather than waiting in a line of 20 or more students, she found it easy to step into a professor’s office, ask a question, and be on her way. This is not typically the case at bigger schools.

Overall, it is clear that CSS is much different compared to other schools in the area. One thing that stands out for transfer students is the tight knit community. The professors build relationships with students and reach out to help as much as possible.

“Relationships with educators allow me to absorb the content of the subjects that I study,” said Edwards.

Johnson added, “I have met so many friends and feel like part of the school.”

Don’t be afraid to be Bold and Benedictine and reach out to fellow transfer students so CSS can feel like home to all.