Advice for Transfer Students

Navigating a new campus and culture can be challenging. We asked students, staff, and faculty to share advice they have for incoming and current Cal Poly transfers!

Dr. Dean Wendt

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Dean Wendt"I learn differently from many folks and can suffer from test anxiety. I needed time at a two-year college to develop my study skills, my confidence and my love of learning before continuing my growth at Cal Poly. It’s taken me years to feel like I belong in academia, which may sound strange coming from the dean of a college, but I’m here as proof that you belong. You have incredible talents, and we at Cal Poly are fortunate to have you."

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Kenzie Martinez

(she, her, hers)

Sociology major, College of Liberal Arts

student KenzieBefore transferring to Cal Poly, Kenzie attended Cabrillo College and admits that transferring to a larger campus was a bit overwhelming. As a first-generation college student, she understands how daunting it can be to find support and ask questions, but she encourages all transfers, "though you might feel alone, there are teachers and resources here to help you succeed. All you have to do is ask for help which can be intimidating, but trust me, they want to help you!" Also, Kenzie lived on campus her first year at Cal Poly and she believes this helped her transition into the campus culture. She states, "My roommates (who are also transfers) ended up becoming my best friends and the following year (this year) we moved off campus together. Coming to a new school half way through is intimidating, but if you put yourself out there and make friends, even if it’s only to a few people, it makes the whole experience less scary."


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