SEC: Sofia Charlton’s Experience as a Transfer

Hi there! My name is Sofia and I transferred here to BSU from Texas A&M for this spring semester. 

BSU has less than ten-thousand students, whereas Texas A&M has closer to sixty-thousand (it’s the largest in the country). To say coming here was a culture shock would be an understatement but it’s a wholly welcome one. Here, I know my professors personally even though it’s only coming up on the third week of the semester. They know me and they know what I’m interested in because here, I’m a student. I’m not one of three-hundred in a lecture, I’m one of at most twenty-five young adults in a classroom. 

Finding my way around campus has been pretty easy. I was able to walk around and know where I was going on my second day here which I have come to love. I love watching the little food delivery robots (I named them Seamus) go on about their jobs and I really hope they know they’re appreciated. 

Meeting people has been a challenge as going to class and then going back to my dorm doesn’t really give me that chance. I’m looking into orgs to join and I’m really set on the anthropology club which I’ll be joining soon. I’m learning to give myself grace with meeting people, I’m not going to meet my best friend until I make the effort and build a relationship, which takes a lot of time. 

The thing I’m most grateful for here is how close a community Bridgewater State is. My professor of biological anthropology personally reached out to me before the semester started because I was the only anthropology transfer this semester. She cared about what I want to do with my major and eventually with my career. She helped me select courses and start a degree plan even though I had never even set foot on campus. At Texas A&M, I never got that and now I know that I belong here. Here, Bridgewater cares.

 

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