Week Shines Spotlight on the Transfer Student Experience
This week, the Office of Transfer Admissions is celebrating National Transfer Student Week by highlighting students who have transferred to St. John Fisher College.
The week included spotlights sharing why students transferred to Fisher featured on the College’s Facebook page. Transferring is not in everyone’s itinerary, but for student Alexandra Goff, transferring to Fisher seemed inevitable. In her own words, Goff told College News Highlights how she made her way to Fisher.
Most 18-year-olds want to jump in the car of freedom and ride it all the way to the end of college, without a clue what will be important along the way. But, the idea of starting my “real” life left me trembling - I had no idea what I wanted to do. So, I decided to just jump in and attend a college that had values and the small-town feel that I had already known and loved.
My first few weeks went well. I made friends from one side of campus to the other, and I didn’t spend a second of my time thinking about what could have been.
That quickly changed.
Some of my friends made new friends, and others had a course load so tall they couldn’t see me over their stack of books. I had time to myself being alone in what felt like a brick-enclosed chamber. It made me realize I was missing what everyone else had: an academic opportunity. One reason I had gone to college was to develop close relationships with the professors and have a hands-on experience in the classroom, but that seemed to be the last thing that was happening for the two years I was there.
I thought a student’s life was to take as many notes as possible and hope you can read the chicken scratch enough to pass the test. I was over it. I was over college.
Then, my mom decided to move back to Rochester and I saw this as the silver lining.
A native of Rochester, the last thing I wanted when I was first looking for a college was to be in my hometown. As I started the college search process again, I realized what I missed out on trying to avoid the city: St. John Fisher College. After talking to alumni, I was assured that the professors and academics would not let me down.
I had a new grasp on my life and what I wanted. I hopped on the S Lot shuttle with my heart on my sleeve, and my professors were quick to pick me up. Before, many of my professors struggled to try to even learn my name—something I’ve battled with my whole life. Now, I have professors reaching out to me to build relationships and help build my portfolio while I am at college.
My second semester at Fisher, I developed a close relationship with my public speaking professor, Dr. Lauren Vicker. Because of her, I now have a work-study position with the Department of Media and Communication. I get to do what I love inside and outside of the classroom. She and many other professors push me every day to reach my full potential.
I have found my new home.
Not everyone is cut out for the typical college experience, but I am cut out for the Fisher experience. I may not live on campus, but I call Fisher my home. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy a roommate-free room and home cooked meals? Just another one of those little perks I have discovered since I’ve transferred to Fisher.
Fisher offers a tiny town with city living. A hands-on, arms-open approach to learning. And an open book of opportunities for the future that I’m not afraid to write in pen.
Every day at Fisher is another reason why transferring here is the best decision I’ve ever made.
Alexandra Goff is a senior majoring in media and communication with a minor in women and gender studies. She is an intern with the College’s Office of Marketing and Communications. She transferred to the College in 2016 as a junior.