5 Tips to a Successful Transfer Orientation

Transfer Orientation

For some, heading back to school this fall means a new location and new classes, professors, and peers. Some institutions may have already hosted their transfer orientation, but I thought I would share some tips on how to have a successful orientation, whether you’ve already attended a similar orientation your freshman year or you are new to the process.

For those unfamiliar with how orientations work, here is the rundown on how the process usually goes:

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My Story: The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Note: Guest blogger Isla M. shares her insights about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. If you have any questions or comments about the scholarship or process, please comment below!

Applying for scholarships can be very stressful. The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship application is one of the more extensive applications I’ve dealt with, but if you are willing and dedicated enough to put in the effort, the payoff is incredible.

I was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in May 2016, a few days after graduating from Manor College with my Associates in Science. Receiving this scholarship has been a life-changing event. The Jack Kent Cooke foundation provides up to $40,000 a year for up to two years for tuition, fees, books, living expenses, and even child care expenses for recipients with dependent children. It is important to note that the foundation doesn’t wish to displace any financial assistance (FAFSA, merit scholarships, institutional aid, etc.) that students will be receiving upon transferring. They simply wish to bridge the gap between the financial assistance scholars are already receiving and the financial assistance they need.  

The Cooke foundation works tirelessly to make the transfer from your two year school as easy as possible by not only providing financial assistance, but also a network of people and resources outside of the financial aspect of the scholarship. Cooke scholars are even eligible for graduate school funding of up to $50,000 a year for up to four years! As someone who has grappled with the application process, I want to provide some insight on my experience to help other potential scholars in the future.

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What You Need To Do During Your Gap Year

Whether you’re considering taking a gap year, or you’ve already decided to take one, finding something productive to do with your time can be a difficult, yet fun, task. A gap year is the perfect time to test careers and explore your interests.

Gap year: A one-year hiatus from academic studies to allow for nonacademic activities. – Mirriam-Webster.com

I think one of the main benefits of a gap year is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience before starting college, which will help you pick a college major. This way, you can avoid taking classes for a major that you decide isn’t for you after all. By doing so, you won’t lose credits, money, or time because you can stick with your original major.

Here’s a list of some of the many things you can do with your newly acquired free time:

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Rule of Thumb for Student Loans

According to Forbes, there is about $1 trillion of student debt in the United States. We all have a dream school that we would like to attend because we tell ourselves that it’s what is best for our major. However, sometimes the school doesn’t matter. You can create your own dream school in almost any school you attend. So why take out so many loans that will take you a lifetime to repay?

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