Western had 153 transfer students this semester who are looking for something different. Students come from all 50 states, looking for a university that is going to give them more opportunities and new experiences.
“I spent two years at San Jacinto Community College in Houston and the student population at Western is much different. Community college appeals to an older generation, so if my high school friends had not gone there, I would not have made a new friend group,” said Rebecca Loupe, who transferred in as a junior. Loupe is studying Exercise and Sports Science at Western and has an emphasis in K-12 education with a minor in Phycology.
Classes at Western allow students coming from a large university to form personal connections through one-on-one interactions with their professors and classmates. Western students do not have to sit in a large lecture hall with 300 other students to learn.
“I had an amazing first semester. I enjoy how small the classes were, and it was nice knowing that my professors know me by name and not just a number,” said Lauren Guice who transferred from Austin Community College. Guice is perusing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Clinical Science. She plans on obtaining her master’s degree in High Altitude Exercise Physiology at Western as well.
With Mount Crested Butte close enough for students to go skiing and snowboarding at any time, students are drawn to the campus and all the activities that are provided to explore the mountains around the area.
“I had never been rock climbing before, and it was amazing to be able to have a facility on campus that will allow me to learn how to,” Loupe said.
Western’s small campus allows for students to experience different activities at a price that is affordable. Wilderness pursuits makes gear rentals and trip accessible for everyone.
“I went on vacation to Crested Butte one Christmas, and I just fell in love with the mountains and Colorado. I then found Western as we were leaving and I decided to tour, applied and got accepted by February,” Guice said.
Transfer students’ numbers are increasing each semester and new students are finding their home on Western’s campus. With new adventures waiting, transfer students are excited to see what second semester holds.
Story by Grace Flynn
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