Washington State University’s Transfer Center for Policy and Resources has scheduled a week of workshops, presentations, and engaging activities for students during National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 18–22.
“Thousands of current and prospective WSU undergraduates are transfer students, and the week’s events aim to raise their profile, offer them intentional support and resources, and acknowledge what they bring to WSU,” said Waylon Safranski, transfer center director.
He credits the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students with the inspiration for the celebration, and said the WSU events are unique to the school and celebrate the university’s many people and programs who contribute year-round to transfer student success.
Champion the transfer experience
The webpage focused on the week describes 21 events, workshops, and fun activities. It also features profiles of transfer students and members of the WSU community.
Established in 2015, the transfer center is a program in the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
Center coordinators Heather Reyes and Laura Welch engaged with partners across campus to build out the robust week-long schedule.
“The national theme this year is ‘These Transfer Shoes: Step into My Journey’ and we are dedicated to acknowledging the value of the transfer pathway and using it to increase access and equity,” said Reyes.
“We organized the week so that current and prospective students as well as faculty and staff can learn about many aspects of transfer students’ experiences and opportunities,” Welch said.
There is even a special session on Tuesday for advisors and counselors outside WSU who work with students interested in transferring to Washington State.
Samples from the week’s schedule
Many of the nearly two-dozen scheduled workshops and discussion sessions are offered virtually on Zoom while some are in-person. Many require pre-registration. The online schedule of events contains detailed information. Some events are:
- Monday, Oct. 18:
- “Donut Time with Non-traditional Transfer Students,” 11 a.m.–noon, and “Transfer Student Social,” noon–1 p.m., Lighty 180. Pullman students will meet in-person with others who share much in common.
- Tuesday, Oct. 19:
- “Transfer Advisor Workshop,” noon–1:15 p.m., on Zoom. This special session will help external advisors and counselors learn about transfer details.
- “Major Fun with Major Info!,” 6–7 p.m., by Zoom. Students will learn about various majors and disciplines available at WSU campuses.
- Wednesday, Oct. 20:
- “Internship Info Session,” 3–4 p.m., in person in Lighty 180 and on Zoom. Transfer students will explore career-related possibilities.
- “How to Manage Your Motivation and Procrastination,” 4:10–5 p.m., on Zoom. Tips will be offered on building momentum toward degree completion.
- Thursday, Oct. 21:
- “Student Panel for Special Populations,” 2:30–3:30 p.m., on Zoom. First-generation and underrepresented minority students will get insights from a peer.
- “Navigating Your Journey with Financial Aid and Scholarships,” 4–5 p.m., on Zoom. Information will be presented on how to pay for college.
- Friday, Oct. 22:
- “Faculty/staff Appreciation Chat and Snacks,” 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Lighty 180. This gathering will celebrate those who contribute to transfer student success.
- “It’s Never Too Late”, 2–3 p.m., on Zoom. This presentation will detail how to get involved in various activities at WSU.
Register online for most events
Detailed registration procedures are on the website for events requiring sign-ups.