My Definitive Answer To 'Why Did You Transfer?'

My Definitive Answer To 'Why Did You Transfer?'

My explanation, because for some reason, "I do what I want" doesn't suffice.

I've said it once and I'll say it again, picking a school to continue your education is one of the most difficult decisions people have to make.

Originally, I wanted to attend Harvard, and looking back, I have to laugh, not because it was impossible, but because it was a decision based solely on the name of the university (and watching Legally Blonde a couple times) and not what I wanted.

I looked into several colleges, and went on visits to Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Aquinas College. Long story short, I chose to attend Aquinas College for the first two years of my college career before I decided that wasn't what I really wanted anymore.

As much as I appreciated Aquinas College and what it had to offer, I felt as though I needed something different. After much consideration and many sleepless nights, I decided to transfer to Michigan State University.

Now, before you freak out about transferring universities part way through your college career, remember that all the time it takes to get where you want to go (if it's what you want to do) is worth it, whether it's an extra semester or an extra class.

Each person is different, and the courses they have taken differ drastically based on the past semesters. Sure there are some classes that won't transfer (for some of them it's a bit of a hit, but others are expected). Guess what? Credits are everywhere. Yeah, another general education class sounds like a bore, but at least it's not all of them you need to make up. I took courses knowing that there was a possibility I would need them to switch over, but for some there wasn't a choice, and I had to come to terms with that.

I'm sure you're asking, why would you put yourself in a position where you'd have to retake a class or have to take extra courses? Why not stay where you are and finish what you started, and not have to lose progress that has been made? Here's your answer:

I transferred for me, for my education, to reach my personal goals, and to do what I felt was necessary in order to get to the end result. I did not transfer to be closer to home, to be around people I know, or to go to a "party school."

MSU has my exact major, not a sort of cover. The courses I take will be more direct and focused on my career choice. There are more opportunities because the university is larger than the one I am coming from. I will be taking advantage of the different opportunities offered, while appreciating the ones I took part in during my past two years at Aquinas.

There were some benefits to going to a college close to home. College is expensive, there's no denying it. Every little bit helps, and you can save so much just from living off campus. I am now on a campus that requires either a bike or bus pass to get somewhere in a timely manner, or time in order to walk to your destination. This makes it so that I have to manage my time wisely. Getting out of bed ten minutes before class is no longer an option if I want to be there when the lecture starts.

I am a person who can't be stuck at a standstill. I need some excitement and change -- something to keep me looking forward to the next week and to encourage me to dream bigger. I am now at a university that I don't know like the back of my hand. There is mystery, and mystery has a way of getting you to look around, find the right key, and unlock the door. I have to figure out how to get to classes and how to balance my new schedule. I will hopefully be adding some sort of sport to the mix, and need to work that in, as well.

All in all, the decision to transfer was mine. It was not my friends, family, professors, or anyone else who influenced me. I chose to do this because it is in my best interest. It will help me grow as a student and as a person.

It will be different, and there will be parts about AQ that I will miss: the friends I made, the professors who made an impact on my learning, and the experiences that allowed me to grow at my home away from home.

On the other hand, there are so many things to look forward to at MSU. There are more friends to make, more professors to get to know, and more memories to be made. I am looking forward to the next two years and where they will take me. One journey has come to an end and this one is just beginning.

Cover Image Credit: Plant Genomics @ MSU

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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