Benefits of Transferring to a 4-year University
After finishing my two years at Mohave Community College, it was time to find a university that possessed academic quality, student engagement opportunities, and career preparation for the “real world”. It was after attending a Transfer Round-up Tour that I realized the UA had embodied all three of the qualities I was looking for in a 4-year university, which made my decision quite simple. I transferred to the UA as a Theatre Arts major because I was looking for an environment that would allow me to grow academically and professionally as an entertainment professional. If you’re currently attending a community college, or thinking of attending a community college after high school, here are three reasons why you should consider transferring from a 2-year community college to a 4-year university:
Crossing the bridge from a 2-year college to a 4-year university allows for growth academically and professionally. When transferring from a community college to the University of Arizona, the amount of opportunities within the classroom allow for expansion amongst your major and field of interest. For me, this gave me an in-depth focus on everything theatre and allowed me to choose specific aspects I wanted to emphasize and learn more about. The UA offers amazing resources such as research facilities, tutoring centers, and a state-of-the-art library which also help students to succeed academically.
2. Student Engagement
Here at the University of Arizona, we have a 100% Engagement Initiative that provides students the opportunity to step outside of the classroom and expand on their experience. This can be accomplished through internships, preceptorships, study abroad experiences, or capstone performances just to name a few. Through these opportunities, UA students can earn an Engaged Learning Experience notation on their academic transcript, which shows future employers that you have mastered an area of expertise.
For me, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in an internship with the University of Arizona’s Alumni Association. This internship has allowed me to gain experience in alumni involvement and digital media marketing. From building posts for multiple social media platforms, to live coverage of events, to website updates, my growth as a professional has raised greatly. While my internship was how I chose to take advantage of the 100% Engagement opportunities here at UA, there are multiple opportunities to get an Engaged Learning Experience notation on your academic transcript. If you’re looking to find more opportunities about student engagement, visit the Student Engagement & Career Development website (link to http://ose.arizona.edu/100-engagement/engagement-activities).
3. Career Preparation
It can be tricky to figure out a career path, but by already starting towards your bachelor’s degree, you’re on the right path. The UA ensures that Wildcats are prepared for their post-graduate life as Wildcat Alumni and working professionals. My experience with UA’s career preparation has been excellent so far throughout my time at the UA. As a theatre arts major, it’s crucial to be prepared for the work-setting of “show-business” and everything that it entails. A requirement of my degree program is to work on an assigned wardrobe crew for the run of a show at the Arizona Repertory Theatre. The crew gave me the understanding of how a wardrobe crew runs in a day-to-day setting and prepared me to be aware of all possibilities when potentially working on a wardrobe crew one day. I believe that my crew experience has given me first-hand experience as opposed to just reading about it.
While you look forward to transferring to a 4-year university, my advice would be to get involved immediately and continue your hard work throughout the remainder of your program. The UA provides so much for their students and I am grateful to have chosen this amazing university to complete my degree. Not only am I motivated by others outside the UA, but am motivated daily by my peers in and outside of the classroom here at the University of Arizona.
Thank you so much Future Wildcats! Can’t wait to see you around campus. Bear Down!