The Right Choice
Blogger: Kate Coursey
Hey everyone! This is my first time blogging, so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kate Coursey, and I’m a senior studying English and Biochemistry here at Oxy. I’m preparing to apply for med school after college. I transferred to Oxy last year in the Fall, and after one year here, I feel I’ve gained a lot of perspective on what makes this college so unique and extraordinary.
Before attending Occidental, I studied at the University of Utah for two years. The University of Utah is a large public research university with some really great professors and classes. Ultimately, however, I felt that I would thrive more fully in a small college environment. When I came to Occidental, I didn’t know a single person. I remember walking through the campus feeling completely lost.
Now, more than a year later, Oxy is my home. I’ve discovered so much about myself as a person and student. At the University of Utah, I was planning to study the humanities only; at Oxy, I discovered my love of biology and chemistry, through professors who illuminated the creative processes behind these subjects. These professors became my mentors. They’ve supported me, taught me, and helped me plan for the future. Coming from a university where most of my professors never knew my name, I feel so grateful for these opportunities.
Entering as a transfer student is never easy. The other students already know each other, and sometimes it can be hard to break into established friend groups. Even so, I’ve found Occidental to be exceedingly welcoming. Walking across campus, I’m constantly stopping to say hi to friends, to ask about people’s days, and to discuss classes. Occidental students are an amazing group of people. Everyone I’ve met here is smart, passionate, and engaged, whether they’re studying Art History or Physics or UEP. I no longer feel like a transfer.
Occidental is my home. It is an exciting and stimulating place to be. There is an important place for transfer students at Occidental, and I’m so glad I made the choice to be a part of this community.