Written by Brianne Huettner
“Why would you transfer from Cornell University? That’s a great school,” This was often the response Emi faced when asked where she transferred from. But, don’t be mistaken, this was no mistake in Emi’s eyes; transferring from Cornell was a blessing.
Being the hardworking and go-getter person Emi is, being accepted to Cornell without a perfect 36 ACT score and 5’s on all AP exams was quite the accomplishment, as it should be. Quickly, however, Emi found that Cornell was not all that it was cut out to be. Sure academics were challenging, but it was the environment at Cornell that Emi wasn’t vibing with. She felt pressure 24/7 from herself to do well but even more so from her peers. She felt almost as if it was a competition amongst all of the students; instead of raising each other up, she felt more like it was ‘every man for himself.’ Emi knew she needed a change; she needed to transfer. And transfer she did to our very own UW-Madison. Not only did she need to change the environment she was in but she also wasn’t opposed to being closer to her hometown in Minnesota. Coming to Madison, Emi already had somewhat of a feel for the campus and city from previous visits. Some first impressions she had from those first few visits include the infinite amount of friendly people and faces, a compelling sense of community from campus community close by, and an all-around hearty sense of Badger Pride.
Since transferring, these feelings have only enhanced for Emi. Academic wise, she feels professors are of the same caliber as her previous university but the difference is she feels much more support from friends and peers to do well rather than pressure. Not to mention, she’s placed much less pressure on herself. Emi also finds herself a lot more involved here on campus by participating in organizations like BadgerCETE and the Latinx Student Union. Additionally, Emi has faced challenges head-on by going beyond her comfort zone by branching out and meeting more people than she ever imagined. Which, by the way, she doesn’t regret the least bit.
It is oftentimes assumed that Transfer students have it much easier getting into Madison, or they’re not as smart as those who come in as true freshmen, however, these are just stereotypes placed on transfer students and Emi is just one example of how unique each transfer student is and why they’ve come to Madison. Just because a university is well renowned and prestigious, doesn’t mean it is the right fit for all who attend. If there’s one thing Emi has learned from her experience and wishes to share with other transfer students and others alike, it is that, “It doesn’t matter if you’re getting a 4.0 or attending a super prestigious school, at the end of the day you have to think about where you’re going to be happiest and once you make your decision (to transfer), make it the best decision.”