Undergraduate student Madeline Dixon, class of 2019, marketing and psychology major, writes about the Transfer Student Welcome Night, held on September 6, 2018, at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.
The transition to Smith from any other college is a significant one. Smith is different on every level: educational, professional, social. Expectations are high. Engagement is necessary. This is communicated in every detail of tonight’s event, from the freshly printed, laminated name tags and well-dressed catering staff to the bright red, branded t-shirts being handed out. But Smith doesn’t demand performance without providing support. Resources abound. To ease the transition for transfer students, Smith hosts a series of specialized events, beginning with Transfer Student Welcome Night. Later this month, Transfer Boot Camp will show students “what career development means at Smith,” says Associate Director Courtney Bigger.
Tonight, students are focused on the concrete. Who do they know on campus? Where are their classes? But it’s clear from just a quick chat that they understand the big picture challenges that await them. One student who recently moved here from India explains that networking before an interview doesn’t happen there. Another describes the hardline attitude of her law professor with an astounded expression. Soon they’ll see how every aspect of the experience prepared them for a successful career. Smith takes that responsibility seriously. And it’s about more than gaining skills and becoming marketable. It’s about achieving the dream.
Victor Mullins, associate dean of undergraduate programs, exudes this. His affable attitude shines through in his address, during which each Smith club has a spotlight. At the end, he declares, “You are here to aspire to be better than where you are now.” This year’s attendees will no doubt rise to the challenge.
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