Two of our bloggers, seniors Derick Abbey and NancyLea Illsley, began their Brockport journeys a couple years after the majority of their classmates, when they transferred in from other colleges. Here, they offer their perspectives on making that adjustment — and why they’re glad they did.
How easy did you feel it was to adjust to life at Brockport and get involved on campus?
Derick: I found it very easy to adjust on campus. There is a life to the campus in the fall after everyone is getting back from summer, and I found it awesome to be around. And getting involved on campus is easy. I went to Club Craze and got the information for, like, 20 clubs. I only joined 2 in the end, but that is because I was extremely busy. I also got slowly involved with other clubs after I made friends that were involved with them — so, make friends and try to get involved.
NancyLea: Getting involved on campus wasn’t hard at all. I lived in Bramley Hall and happened to live in the RA’s suite, so she took me to Club Craze. There are so many clubs! I was overwhelmed and signed up for everything. My advice: only sign up for what you’re actually interested in.
Adjusting to life at Brockport was a little bit harder for me. I missed all of my friends from my other school, and people here were different than what I was used to. I did make friends with my suitemate the first night I got here. She invited me to a party at her sorority house. She ended up being a really good friend for a little while. She introduced me to all of the people I am still very close to.
The classes weren’t harder, but they were bigger and sometimes felt less personable. I function better in a smaller setting, but they weren’t overwhelmingly huge.
How seamless was the transferring of credits from your previous college?
Derick: I went to another SUNY school before here, so all my credits transferred. It was great. I thought I would have to take some extra classes, but they all fit in well.
NancyLea: Most credits transferred over no problem, but there were some that didn’t, and that’s keeping me here for an extra semester. I had to take a couple of classes that were VERY similar to those I took at my other institution (SUNY Delhi).
In what way(s) has your Brockport experience been an improvement upon your previous institution?
NancyLea: Everything is in town or within walking distance. At my other school, we had to drive a half hour to get anything good. Food places here close late. And Brockport offered more options for majors, and I could add a minor.
Derick: I get more of a sense of community here in Brockport, so the atmosphere is great. I feel more at home here than I ever thought I would. Also, the professors care so much more here; they really want to see you succeed, and if you need help, they are there for you.
What’s your favorite thing about Brockport?
NancyLea: The beautiful landscape — there is the Erie Canal running right through town, and there are roaring flat fields of flowers, corn, or hay. It’s beautiful in all seasons but most beautiful in the spring. Brockport is not too small, but it’s not too big either. It’s a nice suburban college town.
Derick: My favorite thing is 89.1 The Point, our on-campus radio station. It has given me a chance to expand my knowledge before I enter into the real world. It also has become a home away from home for me. I have made friends here that I want to keep for life, and I will always cherish that.
Considering transferring to Brockport? Let us know what other questions you have, what you’re nervous about, or what you’re most looking forward to. Comment here or tweet @BportWingingIt, @bport_nancylea, or @Bport_derick. We hope to see you on campus soon!