Important Lessons Along the Way: Embracing A&M and Embracing People

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Friday, Oct 13, 2017

    Coming into college, I was afraid of everyone and everything. Walking through the main part of campus where posters were waiving was my personal nightmare. And let’s be honest, they are a little intense in their recruiting efforts. Like, chill. But months into my time at A&M, I found myself envying my friends’ groups of friends in organizations. I saw them being involved on campus and walking around running into someone new everywhere we went. They just had purpose, it seemed. First, I was upset about it. Why couldn’t I have what they had? But then I realized it was my own fault. I had pushed away or denied every opportunity that had been put in front of me to make my time at A&M worthwhile.

     

    During the second semester of my senior year, I decided to apply for everything I could get my hands on that I deemed reasonable considering my year. All of the things that I had wanted to apply for but I was scared of the application process, etc. I put all of my effort into. And, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t get all of them. That was hard at first. However, in retrospect, I got what I needed. I became a fish camp counselor and met 25 other counselors that will be lifelong friends and adopted 100+ freshmen that I’ll get to see grow into the people they’re supposed to be over the next 4 years. I got involved in my major’s organization and met new people in my classes that ended up being close friends. I joined a committee that plans A&M family events and learned more about A&M’s network and traditions. But what I didn’t expect out of my involvement with these organizations is that it would, in general, make me a more open person… open to people, open to experiences, open to spontaneity. The girl who wouldn’t talk to anyone found herself starting up conversations with strangers at coffee shops, and even exchanging phone numbers. She found herself taking a freshman who wasn’t in her fish camp to HEB to grocery shop just because. She found herself talking to all of her neighbors. She started signing up for 10Ks and half marathons because she could.

     

    By telling myself I could apply to any organizations on campus, I told myself that I could be a part of any experiences that I made myself a part of—inside and outside of college. No one was going to pull me into them; I had to do it myself. The first step was the hardest, but it has been so rewarding.

     

    As a transfer student, it is especially hard to find your place in college. You’re late to the game, and it seems impossible to join organizations. But I promise to you that it’s not. It’s so possible and it’s so worth it. So, Netflix a little less. Go outside more. Smile at strangers. Say “yes” a whole lot more. You’ll be glad you did.

    By Megan Lafleur, School of Public Health

    Photo Attribution: Megan Lafleur