Transfer student teaches peers to connect with their new campus

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May 22, 2017

What course credits will transfer? Where is parking? What the heck is a OneCard and how does it work? Did transcripts arrive? Dorm or apartment?

Transfer student Jessica Friend understands the anxiety these questions raise, and as a student assistant in the Transfer Student Success Center, provides reassurance to her peers going through a transition she knows well.

Choosing Wayne State after two years at Muskegon Community College, Friend arrived in Detroit last fall, smoothly matriculating under the guidance of TSSC staff, who calmed her fears and helped her understand articulation agreements and transfer credit evaluation.

Growing up in Whitehall, a small west Michigan town whose population is one-tenth the size of Wayne State’s 27,000 student enrollment, Friend lives in the Towers Residential Suites and has applied for admission to WSU’s occupational therapy program.

The key to a positive transfer experience, she says, is to ask questions, especially of the TSSC staff, get involved with campus activities and student organizations and attend city-sponsored events like Noel Night and the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony.

“On campus, there is a student organization for everyone here and that is really cool because it enables people with similar interests to connect to one another,” she says.  “And there are so many activities to enjoy in Detroit.”

Embracing her new surroundings with enthusiasm and curiosity, Friend is dancing with the Swing Club and exploring the outdoors with the Climbing Club, and continues to find that every day is an adventure in the heart of a major metropolitan city in the throes of urban renewal.