Mihaylo College transfer students have experience with the higher education sector that incoming freshmen do not have, yet face the challenges of finishing their degree in two years.

The Transfer Student Open House, sponsored by Mihaylo Career Services, seeks to equip students transferring from community colleges with the support they need to succeed academically and in their careers.

Transfer students arrive at Mihaylo College with greater familiarity with the higher education system and years of experience taking college-level courses. Students also have competing demands, such as working full-time and family commitments, which may extend their graduation dates. The Transfer Student Open House (TSOH) on Wednesday, Aug. 30, is designed to assist incoming undergraduate transfer students as they embark on their academic and career journeys.

“Transfer students are in a unique situation,” says Kasey Noble ’16 (M.S.-education), career development advisor for Mihaylo Career Services. “Unlike first-year students, they already have an idea of what to expect from college-level courses. But like other new students, transfers are adjusting to the new, often larger, campus environment. Transfer students are also entering CSUF at a time when they begin taking their upper-division courses, which adds an additional level of difficulty while they learn to navigate the campus.”

Noble says the Transfer Student Open House (TSOH) will provide attendees with strategies to be academically successful, while keeping internships and career opportunities in mind.

“TSOH this year will function as a conference-style event,” says Noble. “Sessions will be held concurrently and will repeat, allowing students to start at any point during the day and receive the same information. If a student participates in the open house and completes a punch card, they will receive a Mihaylo T-shirt specific to this year’s event. Also, if a student arrives to the mixer portion early, they will be able to grab some pizza while they network with Mihaylo faculty and resources.”

One of the highlights will be the opportunity to hear from fellow transfer students, who will speak about their academic and internship experiences. Additionally, in keeping with the Cal State system’s commitment to promote on-time graduation, there will be a “Succeed in 2” theme.

Students are encouraged to RSVP for this free event online. The event will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SGMH 2406 and SGMH 3230 on Aug. 30.

Additional Activities Supported by the Mihaylo Student Success Committee

  • Business club recruitment, which will be ongoing at the Mihaylo Courtyard during the first two weeks of the fall semester.
  • Prepare to Declare, which will assist students in exploring options as they select a concentration, on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SGMH 3230.
  • Fall 2017 Business Career Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TSU Pavilions.
  • BUAD 300 – Professional and Career Development, a course designed to assist Mihaylo transfer students with their transition into the university.

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