Written for The Argo by Amanda Wallace
This year on October 19 through the 23, Stockton celebrated National Transfer Student week with its first-ever consistent week of programs dedicated to transfer students. There were various events held throughout the week that transfer students were able to attend.
On Monday, October 19, the Student Transition Programs department held a virtual event titled, ”I will investigate graduate school opportunities.”
Three events were held on Tuesday, October 20. The first was the virtual, ”I will learn about the TALONS position,” sponsored by the Student Transition Programs department. The second event was a virtual social event for veterans and military students sponsored by Military and Veteran Services. Tuesday’s final event, held on Zoom by the Student Transition Programs department, was called ”I will manage my time better.”
Wednesday, October 21 included virtual transfer BINGO sponsored by Residential Life and Admissions and a virtual social meeting for the families of transfer students sponsored by the Parent and Family Partnerships department.
Thursday, October 22 featured two events. The first event, called Transfer Talks, was held by Residential Life and allowed students to meet others and share their experiences. The second event was an information session held virtually also by Residential Life discussing the process of becoming a Residential Assistant on campus.
Finally, on Friday, October 23, the Student Transition Programs department arranged a virtual social for transfer students of color.
For this week of events, the Student Transition Programs department ran a campaign where each of their program titles started with the words “I will.”
“This campaign intended to “encourage students to set goals, take action steps, and increase their sense of meaning and purpose for pursuing their degree at Stockton,” said Ana Rodriguez, who works for the department. Rodriguez wanted to acknowledge Candace Mitchell from Residence Life “for organizing a superb lineup of programs.”
The department received positive feedback from students who attended their events. According to Rodriguez, when discussing the three “I will” programs, 100% of attendees agreed to the statement: “After attending this respective session, I feel a greater sense of belonging at Stockton.”