Transfer student advice on becoming a Queens Royal

Transfer students say joining an on-campus organization makes them feel more integrated at Queens. Lexi Kramer, a transfer from Palm Beach Fla., joined Kappa Delta sorority.Karla Sanchez Garcia | The Queens Chronicle

Transfer students say joining an on-campus organization makes them feel more integrated at Queens. Lexi Kramer, a transfer from Palm Beach Fla., joined Kappa Delta sorority.

When it comes to adapting to Queens, transfer students have a unique story. Getting involved is a common thread woven through their advice.

Transfer students are a diverse group and are a part of each class year. Sixteen different states were represented among the students who came in for the fall semester of 2016, taking up a quarter of the enrollment for the semester. The top populated major programs for transfer students were nursing, business, sport management and communication. The transfer student population is 65 percent female and 35 percent male.

Lexi Kramer, a sophomore is part of the last group of transfer students. Kramer is from Palm Beach, Fla. At her previous institution, she was knee-deep in an engineering major, but soon decided it was not meant for her. She wanted a Christian institution that would also support her ambition to build purification systems for third world countries. Kramer found other people who supported her passion for community service when she joined Kappa Delta sorority at Queens.

“Get involved right away,” Kramer said, “like a sorority or a club, or sport, it makes it easier.”

Justin Buck, is a senior biology major and vice president of student government association. He is not part of greek life, but similar to Kramer, he jumped right into the student experience.  

“Delete your Netflix account,” Buck said. “Your priority, besides school of course, is to go to events and meet new people. If you stay in your room all day you will never successfully transition into this school and gain the college experience.”

Queens is a small, private university nestled in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city. The juxtaposition of campus to downtown is an attractive trait for someone looking at Queens, according to Jon Sims, the transfer student admissions counselor.

“The big piece with our location is you don’t feel like you’re in the city,” Sims said.

Jonah Forte, is a junior communication major who was interested in Queens primarily for that reason. He was looking for a place close to his Charlotte home and close to the city where internship opportunities are available.

He expressed the initial discomfort transfers experience when they arrive at a small university. Forte mentioned that he felt that he stuck out simply because everyone who goes to Queens is somewhat familiar with other students. On his first day of classes, other people knew he was a new face. Buck relayed a similar sentiment.

“The main challenge was meeting people. The first few weeks were hard because I was the new kid. However, I forced myself to go to all the events.” Buck said.

The discomfort didn’t last for long, it took only two weeks for Buck to feel comfortable and Forte is a self-proclaimed social butterfly. He quickly made friends and joined Campus Union Board, the main organization on campus that plans traditional and non-traditional events for the student body.  

“Take advantage of events,” Forte said, “they are made to get people to socialize, this way you don’t have to worry about doing it on your own.”

Sims, who as counselor, travels throughout schools says,

“I would love to have as many transfers as humanly possible,” Sims said. “Bringing in transfers adds a different perspective in the classroom and campus and adds to our community.”

When asked about his main advice to transfer students, he shared a similar statement as the students.

“Get engaged. Be yourself and find what you want to be involved in.” Sims said.

Being a transfer student at a small university might not be easy at first and many are forced  outside their comfort zone, but like Forte said when asked about how to get involved and attend events, “Sometimes a simple ‘hello’ is all it takes.”

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