Transferring: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
October 31, 2014
Blogger: Sarah Safuto
This is my first time blogging here, so allow me to verbally paint a very brief portrait of the blogger: my name is Sarah Safuto, and I'm a senior history major here at Occidental who transferred last fall. I'm the redhead in the these pictures! If there is one thing that you should know about my status as a transfer it is this – I. Love. Transfer students.
And for good reason. Not only did I transfer to Oxy, but my mother did as well when she was a student! Tiger pride, everyone, passed down from my wonderful mama. I also was a TEV (transfer, exchange, and visiting) Orientation Team leader over the summer and made some of the best memories of my life with the passionate, caring, and hilarious TEV leaders that I was fortunate enough to spend time with (shout out to you all – I love you to bits and pieces). One of my closest friends here (hi Kate!) is also a transfer student, and experiencing Oxy with her in the unique transfer style has been the best kind of adventure.
Being a transfer student is a unique experience, whether one enters as a junior as Kate and I did, or a sophomore or second semester first year as many others do. It seems so overwhelming at first; I remember thinking that I would make no friends as everyone had likely already established their friend group, that it was too late to join any clubs or organizations, that everyone would be unkind and that professors would be distant.
And I was so wrong.
What I have found, over the course of the past 3 semesters, is that not only is Oxy friendly and welcoming to new students, but that getting involved is easier than I thought it would be. Although it took me the first semester to feel fully adjusted to life at Occidental, by the second semester I felt like I had definitely made the right decision in transferring here. Since last fall, I've become more involved than I ever thought I would. I've worked for Telefund, the Neighborhood Partnership Program , had my summer research funded by an American History fellowship, did O-Team, rushed Delta Omicron Tau, bonded with professors and made friends that I would probably not have if I had come in as a traditional first year.
I even visited my beautiful friend Justine (who was last year's French language assistant and part of my O-Team) in France last January! I still have another semester after this, so I have plenty of time to join/do a million more things before I graduate, including embarrassing myself by pretending that I can dance in a few Dance Production pieces. I guess a good way of concluding this would be to say that during my time here, I've tried to embrace the spirit of the old idiom "nothing ventured, nothing gained" as much as possible...while still making sure I have time to get a solid 8 hours of sleep a night, because I really love sleeping. Like, a lot.
Okay, phew! If you made it to the end of me gushing about my time here, thank you. You're great. You're a trooper. You're a pal.
(If you're my mother reading this, thanks for always telling me that I would love Occidental. You knew this already, but you are pretty much always right. Love you!)
Anyways, until next time friends!