Transfer Day offers students a chance to get their transfer questions answered

Students browse various university representatives at Transfer Day on Sept. 19.

Transfer Day is an opportunity for students of all levels and majors to get a taste of their options in universities and to prepare them for their future after Cosumnes River College.

Fifty-five colleges signed up to participate in the event, says Emily Barkley, the student personnel assistant at the transfer center.

“There’s a lot of planning that goes into it,” said Barkley. “We do it for students because we want to expose them to as much information as possible.”

For the many students pursuing continued education, they say this event helped them find direction.

“There are so many schools out here, and it gives people an opportunity to see what they want and talk to somebody face to face,” said Laryn Hoggard, a 26-year-old anthropology major. “Because honestly, I know from experience, it’s really hard looking at these websites. It gets exhausting.”

The universities in attendance sent representatives who were eager to help answer any questions students may have.

“I feel like students have so many questions and they’re not sure how to get to whatever school they’re trying to transfer to,” said Reuben Hernandez of San Jose State University. “So it’s always great to get that one-on-one connection with an advisor from that school.”

There are some common characteristics many community college students look out for when choosing a university.

“From what I’ve noticed today, a lot of people are concerned about tuition costs; obviously they want to know how much they’re paying,” says Representative Mckenzie McLoughin from Northern Arizona University. “And another is whether or not the school offers the major they’re interested in, and lastly, how their credits are going to transfer is always on people’s mind.”

There were colleges from all around the country, and multiple schools advocated for California students to consider attending out-of-state.

“California schools are expensive. There are other options for students to go to school and get a great education,” says Michell Williams who represents 35 different historically black colleges. “There’s an added experience from living outside of the box.”

The colleges set up tables to emphasize the characteristics that stood out about each of their campuses.

Golden Gate University said benefits of their campus includes “small class sizes with an average size of about 10, professionals teaching professionals, we’re not impacted so students can get admission quicker,” said Representative Travis Berman. “And we also offer night classes as well as online in addition to traditional classes during the day.”

One professor had a class during the time of the event, and allowed for the second half of the class period to be free to attend the event if students chose to.

“I wanted to make sure students had the opportunity to go,” says Professor Lauren Wagner, chair of the Radio, Television, and Film department. “I know a lot of hard work goes into coordinating it and I didn’t want you guys to miss the opportunity to have a number of representatives on campus.”

She said that students need help getting to their next step after CRC.

“It’s important because you won’t always be here,” said Wagner. “I know for a bunch of students, this is not the end goal, to get the AA or the certificate. A lot of students are thinking about transferring, and actually talking to reps from the schools is the best way to get information about it.”

Barkley suggested to visit the transfer center for more help and information, and said that there are other transfer events and workshops that are regularly hosted by the transfer center throughout the year.