A communications major with a concentration in media studies, Rene chose to transfer to Adelphi because of its location and academic programs.
Rene transferred from the University at Albany after her second semester in 2009 and started at Adelphi in Fall 2010, majoring in communications with a concentration in media studies.
Days after May 2012 Commencement, Rene became a sales/marketing coordinator at NBCUniversal in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., supporting its regional affiliate sales team.
“I live on Long island and I wanted to be closer to home so Adelphi was clearly an option for me,” she said. “After being at Albany for a year,” she added, “I had a better idea of what I wanted to study and Adelphi has a great communications program. I also knew I wanted to minor in business and Adelphi has a great business school as well.”
The main thing she learned from her transfer experience, Rene said, is that “gathering as much information as possible about a college is the best way to make your final decision.” Toward that end, she said she talked with several people who attended Adelphi, as well as faculty and staff—the latter primarily “to make sure my credits from Albany would transfer to Adelphi.” She also made several campus visits—“formally on tours as well as informally with my friends.”
Her adviser in her senior year was Tim Ross, who was the first person she dealt with at Adelphi. “Tim met with me and we discussed different class options as well as concentrations,” she said. “He helped welcome me to Adelphi and had my best interests at heart, which made me feel comfortable and excited.”
Rene also belonged to Sigma Delta Tau. Though not directly involved in other curricular activities on campus, she pointed out, “Being a member of a sorority means you are indirectly a member of Panhellenic Council as well as Inter-Greek Council.” Rene was secretary of the sorority in her senior year, and earlier served as vice president of communications for the Panhellenic Council.
Rene, who graduated in May 2012, decided to start a career and “to hold off on graduate school until I truly find my niche in the real world, and maybe at that point I won’t even need graduate school.”
She felt her various internships, such as at MTV Networks, and her Greek life ties helped bolster her résumé. For instance, she said, “Being able to hold a position on the executive board of my sorority…shows that extra push of determination and dedication you have toward accomplishing goals.”
Published in Focusing on Transfer Student Success Newsletter Fall 2012
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