I chose to transfer to UNI because it’s very convenient to where I live. I know a lot of people choose to attend different universities because they want to be further away from home. However, I love how close I am to home. I’m very family-oriented so I get to see them often. I also have plenty of time to be on my own while on campus to still get the full college experience.
I attended the Jump Start Program a week before classes began. This program really helped me network with other students on campus and staff members in various offices.
I would suggest living on campus as opposed to living off campus, for at least the first year at UNI. The first few weeks of classes, I was living at home because it was the most cost efficient thing to do. However, I realized that if I lived on campus for my first year, I would have a better experience. I moved into the dorms after classes had already begun and I was able to get involved in a lot more student organizations. In addition to the involvement, there were also a lot more opportunities available for me. I would also encourage speaking to your professors. Many of the professors, if not all, are willing to help and meet with you during office hours if you have any questions or concerns about an assignment, test or even want personal advice.
I enjoy UNI because of the students and staff members. Everyone on campus is willing to help you, no matter what the situation might be. People are going to be there for you as long as you reach out to them.
I had to get used to the amount of work required for classes. At my community college, I was used to filling out worksheets and doing small assignments. When I started at UNI the small assignments turned into papers that were due every week or every other week. I definitely wasn’t used to doing work that often, but it helped me expand my thoughts and engage more actively during class time.
I’m involved in various student organizations on campus. This past year I was involved in Ethnic Student Promoters, Gaining Panther Success Mentoring and Panther Productions. Ethnic Student Promoters has helped me grow individually. We give tours to multi-cultural groups when they visit and we’re involved in many different activities that occur on campus. Gaining Panther Success is a mentoring program; this has helped me learn more about myself and about others as well. We help new students have a better transition to UNI, whether it is academically, socially or emotionally. I’ve really enjoyed being a part of Panther Productions. This group brings music artists to campus to provide students with a great concert for entertainment. It’s an amazing feeling to help put together a concert that ends up being successful and fun for the rest of the student body.
My academic experience has been amazing. I’ve loved my classes and my teachers have been very helpful. A teacher that has inspired me so far is Cate Palczewski. I took Gender Issues in Communication with her, and I was extremely intimidated by her personality the first time I attended class. To be honest, I wanted to drop the class. However, I continued taking the class and realized that she’s not purposely trying to be intimidating, she was trying to make us complete work and tests to the best of our ability. She wanted us to succeed, but she also wanted us to work hard for the good grades at the same time. This class was a great challenge because it made me think outside of the box and helped me expand on my ideas and give an educated answer as opposed to a simple yes or no. I’m happy with my major choice because it allows me to have options for the career I decide to pursue in the future.
I love the classes that are required for my major. I enjoy expressing myself and listening to others, therefore this major seemed perfect. I’m planning on beginning my master’s degree program in student affairs immediately after I finish my bachelor’s degree in communication. My communication degree is going to help me in student affairs and also in everyday situations.
My favorite place on campus is Maucker Union. There are various places to eat and there are also different offices in the Union that have student services. Maucker Union connects to Lang Hall, where most communication major classes are located, making it extremely convenient to get to class, especially during the winter time when it’s cold outside. I’ve found my own study area that I’m able to go to every time I need to buckle down to get work done. There is just enough quietness for me to stay focused in the Hemisphere Lounge of Maucker Union.
The Financial Aid Office has helped me a lot throughout my college education. Staff in the office has explained to me what I need to pay back after college and also the amount of money I will receive for scholarships for which I qualify. I also currently work in the Financial Aid Office, so this helps me learn more about the different types of loans, grants and scholarships that are available to students.
I plan on finishing my bachelor’s degree in communication during the spring of 2013. After completing that, I plan on enrolling in UNI’s student affairs graduate program. Hopefully, after I receive my master’s degree, I plan to move to Texas to spend more time with my extended family and hopefully earn a position at a college in Texas. UNI has been a big part of my family’s life. My dad retired a few years ago as the director of financial aid, my mom currently works for the Department of Residence, my two brothers graduated from UNI and I’m going to be graduating soon. UNI is a big part of my family and I hope that it continues as time goes on.