Joining the Flock: The Transfer Student Experience
For Ariel Dailey ’17 and Dallas Kaiser ’18, arriving at St. John Fisher College as transfer students meant finding their niche on campus while learning the ropes of a new college community.
Dailey, who came to Fisher from Monroe Community College, noted that as a transfer student and commuter student, she initially worried about making friends on campus. A marketing major and finance minor, she took advantage of free periods on Tuesdays and Thursdays to connect with members of student organizations, including Fisher’s chapter of the American Marketing Association and the Investment Club.
“My advice for incoming transfer students is to get involved,” she said, noting that trips to New Orleans and New York City with both clubs helped strengthen her relationships with fellow students. “Everyone is very welcoming at Fisher and you will fit into any club, you just have to choose the one you enjoy the most.”
For Dailey, that also meant taking advantage of networking and leadership opportunities. During her time at Fisher, she participated in several marketing and sales competitions, as well as the School of Business Women’s Leadership Series and Dean’s Student Advisory Council.
After graduating in May 2017, she enrolled in the College’s MBA program, and continues to work as a marketing assistant for the School, as well as collaborate on research projects with Dr. Monica Hodis, Professor Ron Sicker, and Dean Rama Yelkur on the topics of Instagram and Super Bowl Commercials.
“Fisher has provided me with a number of networking opportunities, connections, and the knowledge I need to tackle the next step in life,” she said. “I know that I have the Fisher alumni network and Fisher family to help me conquer my career.”
It didn’t take long for Kaiser, who transferred from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, to acclimate to life at Fisher. A member of the men’s soccer team gave him an instant group of friends and the opportunity to play with his younger brother, Matt.
“Being a part of the soccer team at Fisher means everything to me. I take my academics extremely seriously, and soccer allows me to do that here, as a Division III school,” said Kaiser, who helped the team earn the program’s first-ever Empire 8 Championship title in fall 2016. “That will go down as one of the best moments in my life. It gave me incredible memories—that I was able to share with people I now consider some of my closest friends—as a new transfer student.“
Similar to Dailey, Kaiser, who majors in biology and chemistry, also found friends through involvement in academic clubs. He is a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, a foreign language honor society, and Beta Beta Beta, a national biology honor society.
“I found that within my classes and clubs there were a lot of great people who were super friendly and would never turn you away to study, do homework, or show you around the school,” he said.
Upon graduation, Kaiser hopes to attend medical school and study to become a doctor.
“I feel very prepared for the future and my post-graduate life, and that’s largely due in thanks to being a Fisher student,” he said. “Every teacher and coach, not to mention my peers and club members, have all helped me become a better person, and have given me the tools necessary to be a successful individual after my time here is finished.”