10 Things All Transfer Students Need To Know

Greetings squadlings! As many of you know, I currently attend the community college in my hometown, which is the site of one of the best schools in the country. I plan on transferring out of said community college, NOT to the school in my hometown, in the spring. Having wrapped up my first year of college at a community college as a Liberal Arts Transfer student, I decided to throw together ten things all transfer students need to know.

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1. Get ‘er done.

Wrap up your general education credits as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have a major picked out (I don’t), knock out as much math, English, and Humanities credits as you possibly can before you transfer. That way, once you get to the school you want to transfer to, you can start on your major requirements ASAP.

2. You will be jealous of your friends who go to four-year schools. 

While all your friends are talking about the amazing new friends they made and how disgusting their dorm bathroom is, you’ll be talking about how your dog finally learned how to roll over. You’re going to be jealous of them. You won’t get the freshman experience that your friends get. You also won’t get the debt they get, either. *rap air horn noises play quietly in the background*

3. You’ll feel like you don’t go to a “real school”.

Spoiler alert: You do. It may not feel like it, while all your friends moved away and you stayed home, but you do go to a real school. You’re getting the exact same education your friends at four-year schools are getting. You’re just doing it differently.

4. You will get sick of it. Fast. 

Whether you go to a school in your hometown or close by, you’re going to get sick of it. All your friends will be in new cities, with new people, doing new things, and you’ll be stuck in the same town you’ve lived in for 18 years. It’s boring. It always will be. That’s how hometowns are. You’re going to want to get out, and soon.

5. Get a job, even if it doesn’t pertain to your major. 

Trust me, you’re going to want the extra cash. Even if you’re waitressing when you’re a Bio major, just get a job. Seriously.

6. Get a bus card. For the love of God, get a bus card.

Even if you have your license, get a freakin’ bus card. Usually, if there’s a community college, there’s a four-year university near by. The busses will go to the hotspots on the “big campus.” It’s a lot easier to get there by bus than dragging your backpack down the road with your best friend.

7. Don’t ignore the people you went to high school with.

Odds are, people from your high school are doing the exact same thing you’re doing. If you happen to have a class with them, or see them in the hall, don’t ignore them. Say hi. Ask them how they’re doing. Trust me. A girl I went to high school with, who I never even talked to in high school, ended up being my best friend because we go to the same school. TALK TO THEM.

8. Figure out where you want to transfer, and visit it.

If you don’t have a place set in stone, look around. If you have a place set in stone, like I do, go there. Visit it as many times as you can. Stay overnight on campus with friends if you can. GO THERE. Get used to the campus before you call it home.

9. Start your apps early.

Once the time comes to transfer, start your application early. You don’t have to submit it, but start it as soon as you can. You’ll have more time to overlook it and change it before you submit it.

10. Appreciate your time at home, because it’s going to end sooner than you think.

Appreciate your time with your mom, dad, annoying siblings, and pets. Soon, you’ll be seeing them once a month if you’re lucky. I don’t know how I’m going to live without my dogs, so I have to spend all the time I can with them now. Appreciate home cooked meals, because dining hall food isn’t that great. Appreciate your own bed and your shower, because dorms are wild. Don’t take it for granted.

 

Best of luck, squadlings.

I Was Sassed By a Peacock Before I Fed a Giraffe

Holy balls, squadlings.

Apologies for the lack of posts these past few weeks. I’m taking a summer course, and to put things lightly, it’s royally kicking my ass. So that’s fun.

I’m also working, as per usual, so most of my time while I’m NOT working is used for homework. Hooray.

A quick few updates for y’all:

  1. The summer course I’m taking is Introduction to Film. Easy enough, but very time consuming, seeing as it’s a sixteen-week course shoved into eight weeks. It’s all online, meaning I need the motivation to get to work on it, and as y’all know, motivation and I don’t get along very well. I should be doing homework right now, but alas, I am blogging.

2. My great aunt passed away on Sunday. I didn’t know her well, but I’m still sad about it. I’ve met her a few times, and she was very sweet. She lived in Missouri, where my dad is from, so I didn’t see her much.

3. I FED A GIRAFFE. A REAL, LIVE GIRAFFE. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am OBSESSED with giraffes. Like, unhealthily (is that a word?) obsessed with them. A little background for you on how this happened:

My cousins, Brynn and Erin, and I have a friend named Ari. Ari lives about an hour and a half away from us, near Milwaukee. Ari told us that, at the Milwaukee zoo, you can feed giraffes. Of course, I lost my mind at the thought of feeding a giraffe. So, seeing as Brynn returned from her semester abroad in London a few weeks ago, we thought it would be fun for all of us to go to the Milwaukee zoo. So, on Monday, Brynn, Erin and I piled into Brynn and Erin’s Honda Civic and drove to Ari’s town to pick her up. Once we picked her up, we made our way to the Milwaukee zoo.

I had never been to the Milwaukee zoo before. I can confirm for you, it is HUGE. They have SO many more animals than the zoo where I live. So, we determined you could feed the giraffes at 3:00. We got to the zoo around 11. We wandered around the zoo, checking out all the animals.

I was not aware of this, but apparently, the Milwaukee zoo has peacocks just waltzin’ around the zoo. I thought they broke out of their cage, but Ari explained that was just how it was there. I decided, being the idiot I am, to go up and mess around with one of said peacocks (a female). I walked on up to the peacock, and I yelled “WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL ME?”

I’m stupid, don’t even ask.

So, this peacock stops in her tracks, turns to me, and SQUAWKS. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard a peacock sound, but it’s VERY strange. I GOT SASSED BY A PEACOCK. I can check that off my bucket list.

We also saw a seal/sea lion show, which was really cool! Those are Erin’s favorite animals, so of course she was freaking out. There was a sea lion named Mikaia who was very talented, along with a seal named Nanu. 10/10 to both.

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, the Pokemon Go craze is sweeping the nation, and Ari and Erin caught quite a few Pokemon at the zoo. Many Pokestops.

ONTO THE GIRAFFES.

As 3:00 was nearing, we made our way to the giraffe exhibit and bought our tickets; $5 each to feed the giraffes. We had some time to kill before 3:00, so we went to see the wolves. Unfortunately, the wolves weren’t feeling seeing us, so we didn’t actually see them. Brynn was also very disappointed that her favorite animal, the otters, are having a new exhibit being built, so there weren’t any otters there. She did, however, see a tiger being fed raw meat out of a bucket. That was awesome.

Once 3:00 rolled around, we went back to the giraffe exhibit and waited in line. Finally, when it was our turn, we could only go two at a time, so Brynn and I went first.

OH MY GOD I CRIED. Giraffe tongues are around 20 inches long, and they’re black. Giraffe tongues are black so they don’t get sunburn while reaching for leaves in tall trees. Yes, I’m serious. And when you have a 20-inch black tongue comin’ straight at your hand, it’s quite an adventure. Side note, we weren’t allowed to turn our backs to the giraffes, because they would think we were taking their food away and whip us with their necks. I would have been so blessed.

Twas a good day. Here are some pictures of the zoo adventure: (I don’t know why the pictures posted twice).

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Me feeding Bahatika. CRYING

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Erin feeding Bahatika (male) while Marlee (female) apparently thinks she’s next.

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Brynn after feeding Marlee. Right after this picture, I tried to give Marlee the lettuce piece, but Bahatika wasn’t havin’ my shit and took it right out of Marlee’s face.

 

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