Transfer Insider

Michael Corda: Hey! I’m currently a junior who transferred from Cerritos Community College in Cerritos, California in the Fall of 2017. I’m in CLA and I’m majoring in Psychology with plans to go into Industrial/Organizational Psychology in graduate school. On campus I’m in the Philippine Student Association and I worked as a Transfer Student Leader in the Summer of 2018. I also used to be a writer for Twin Cities branch of TheOdysseyOnline during my first year. In my free time I’m a fan of playing video games (namely League of Legends) and listening to music. I’m actually trying to teach myself to play the piano and the guitar this year so be on the lookout for a sick mixtape. If you’re like me and you transferred into the U without knowing anyone in Minnesota, I’d suggest starting by making friends in the classroom; the kid next to you is probably as lost as you are and it always helps to have a second voice while studying for exams. University is a time of academic and personal growth, so make the most of it!!

Aislinn Hernandez: Hi there! I transferred from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD in the Fall of 2017. I am majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance in CLA. When I came to campus, I became involved in the Leadership Minor, and the Leaders in Transition Living Learning Community (LLC). The LLC emphasized the Leadership Minor to be a small, tight-knit community, and that's exactly what I was looking for. Being a part of a smaller community made the campus feel less overwhelming. I also was involved in Greek Life which also allowed me to meet a diverse group of people. Networking and making connections have made an enormous difference in my interactions on campus. I love to try out new coffee shops around the Twin Cities area and attend concerts or sporting events, and that has helped my transition in adjusting to a larger city. A piece of advice I have is to branch out! You don't have to try something new every day or every week but try new things once in a while. You'll be surprised at how many events are regularly occurring, and if you don't like it, at least there's usually free food to make up for it! New activities allow you to experiment and establish a greater sense of what you're interested in. By far, the best part is meeting new people and making new friends.

Cody Johannsen: Hey there! My name is Cody and I’m a senior in the College of Design. I am working on my Bachelor’s of Design in Architecture and taking a minor in Interdisciplinary Design. I studied Political Science at Saint Cloud State University before transferring here in the fall of 2017. Before that I was fortunate enough to travel the world while in the Marine Corps. On campus I have been involved by working as a Transfer Student Leader and being involved in my major (CDes is basically a club in its own right). I am also a huge sports fan and a die hard Vikings fan, can I get a Skol? My fiance and I love going on hikes with our dog Stanley and I can often be found at the various dog parks around the twin cities. If I’m not outside being active, there’s a good chance I’m at the Source in Roseville playing board games, one of my biggest hobbies is painting historical miniatures. If I could give any piece of advice to you all, I would tell you not to let your nerves/fears/discomfort get in the way of making the most out of your experience here. I can guarantee you that everyone is just as nervous as you are about putting themselves out there; be it joining a club, making a new friend, or even just raising your hand in class, you will be pleasantly surprised at how welcomed you will be if you just be yourself.

Archie MacKinnon: Hi, my name is Archie and I am a junior studying environmental science, policy and management in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  I transferred in the fall of 2017 from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. When I arrived on campus I joined the Nordic Ski Team as well as the UMN Philosophy Club, both of which I greatly enjoy.  This past summer, I worked as a Transfer Student Leader which allowed me to get to know some really friendly and interesting transfer students. My advice for incoming transfer students would be to leave room to explore.  My favorite experiences at the university so far have been those where I took a chance and/or stumbled upon something I was curious about but did not expect I would be interested in.

Emily Richardson: Hi everyone, I'm Emily! I'm a junior and I transferred from the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Spring of 2017. I originally transferred into the College of Liberal Arts as Undeclared, and then transferred into the Carlson School of Management where I am majoring in Marketing and minoring in Leadership. On campus, I am involved in Women in Business and Period.MN. This past summer, I was a Transfer Student Leader, and I really enjoy interacting with new transfer students and sharing my love for the U! In my free time, I enjoy going to Hockey games, going to cycling classes at the Recreation and Wellness Center, trying new restaurants, and listening to music. The best advice I have is to try something new and don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Although it can be intimidating, getting involved in something on campus is a great way to make friends! Also, be sure to take advantage of all the resources, opportunities, and fun events offered on campus!

Diah Swenson: Hello! I transferred from Normandale Community College in the Fall of 2017. Here at the U of M, I am pursuing a Bachelor's of Psychology with a minor in Public Health. I am hoping to go to graduate school for Physical Therapy. During my first semester at the U of M, I worked at the Recreation and Wellness Center. Shortly after, I became a Transfer Insider in Orientation and Transition Experiences (OTE) and that led me to becoming a Transfer Student Leader. Being a Transfer Student Leader was one of the best things to ever happen to me. I loved working in OTE so much that I decided to continue my journey with them by becoming a Student Program Coordinator. Other things I am involved with include working off campus as a Character Performer at Nickelodeon Universe and volunteering at various Physical Therapy clinics. Things I like to do on campus include going to the RecWell, visiting PAWS and going to Goldy's Gameroom.  Advice: Get involved, Utilize your resources, Get to know your professors, Take chances, Step outside of your comfort zone, and Have fun. Ski-U-Mah!