The Transfer Ambassadors
As transfer students suffer low graduation rates compared to first-year students at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Transfer Ambassadors attempt to build a stronger social community to help strengthen their odds.
David Siebold is a transfer student at UNC-CH who studies English. He decided to join the Transfer Ambassadors in order to help transfer students transition into the university. According to OIRA’s website for UNC-CH, 75 percent of sophomore transfers and 68 percent of junior transfers graduated in 2014. This is lower than the 91 percent graduation rate for first-year students that occurred three years earlier.
Fortunately, the university does have efforts in bettering the transfer students experience on campus. According to a draft proposal written by the Ad Hoc Committee on Transfer Students, the university plans to increase transfer student participation in opportunities around the campus.
Although these efforts seem hopeful, getting students involved in these activities may be more difficult than it seems.
Siebold says that adapting to UNC-CH’s standards of education and the workload is more difficult than at a community college. This makes it harder for transfer students to balance social activities with their coursework and other daily routines.
But now transfer students can lean on the Transfer Ambassadors for guidance through their transition.
“The biggest challenge that transfer students face is social connections,” says Siebold. “The Transfer Ambassadors are meant to build those connections, interpersonal connections. Ones that are going to last, friendships that are meaningful.”