Allow me to welcome back my fellow Hokies and those who have only just started their college careers, as another semester at Virginia Tech gets underway. I’d also like to welcome those special persons known as transfer students who likely have no idea what to expect from their first few months at this university. As someone who not only transferred to Tech one year ago and has lived to tell the tale, I’m going to give you “the rundown.” And hopefully, you will make it through what can easily become a rough time.
Undoubtedly, you’ve found a place to live. If that happens to be on campus, good for you. Chances are you’ll have someone to occasionally eat lunch with and drag to the library. If you’re living in an off campus apartment, which you probably are, then I sincerely hope you have a roommate who loves taking you places or enjoys your company.
That’s not to say all transfer students won’t find friends to hang out with — many transfer students are athletically inclined and join sports teams and/or clubs. A few transfer students become cadets or join Greek life, both of which connects them to large groups of sociable people. A lot of students, however, can’t dribble a ball or march in straight lines. And many don’t have the time or money to rush a fraternity or sorority. If you happen to be a transfer who fits into the latter, there are a couple things you should know.