Transfers are a big part of Cal Poly Pomona, making up 49% of incoming students this fall, according to Polytransfer coordinator Lorena Marques.
Cristal Landa, a third-year biology major and officer of transfer engagement for Associated Students Inc. (ASI), helped organize the first collaboration between Polytransfer and ASI.
“It’s important to raise awareness and show the role transfers have in CPP,” Landa said. “(It’s important) to create more visibility for transfer students to not feel alone.”
Here’s what has happened and what’s coming up at CPP for National Transfer Student Week:
Oct. 21: Coffee Chats: Transfer Community took place at University Park from 9-11 a.m., kicking off the start of events throughout the week. The event was created so that CPP transfer students can meet and talk with each other, and so that faculty and advisors can answer any questions or concerns. Polytransfer peer advisors were also present to help give personal advice and mentor all students who feel lost and in need of support. Free coffee, tea and donuts were available to all.
Oct. 22: Transfer Town Hall will take place at University Park from noon to 1 p.m. All transfers are encouraged to wear previous college gear to help represent the last institution that helped lead them here to CPP. This event will continue to help transfers network with advisors and Polytransfer peer mentors. Free giveaways like pins, stickers and hats will be given throughout the event.
Oct. 23: Celebrate Your Transfer Story will take place in University Park from noon to 1 p.m. It’s time to let all transfers shine by hearing their journey to CPP. According to asi.cpp.edu, students will be able to write on a handbill and pin it on a clothesline in the center of University Park. By having their stories on display for all peers to read and know of different academic backgrounds. More pins, stickers and hats will be given throughout the event.
Oct. 24: The Transfer Experience: Then & Now will take place at the Bronco Student Center (BSC), Orion Suite (Building 35, room 2319) from noon to 1 p.m.
Students will be able to hear transfer stories from CPP faculty/staff as a panel discussion. According to Marques, there will be eight to 10 members from all over campus on the panel, and all staff will have a transfer button to let students know they were transfers. Free snacks like granola bars, water and more healthy treats will be available while supplies last.
Oct 25: Transfer Student Swim Social will be held at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC) pool from 5-7 p.m. After a busy week, it’s time to unwind and swim the stress away. New and current transfer students are welcome to come and connect or mingle by the poolside. Qdoba will provide your own build-a-bowl for guests while having music in the background, leading up to some karaoke later on. The pool is open to all students to come mix and mingle as the closing event of the week. For more information and guidance to all transfer students, reach out to the Polytransfer center located at Student Services Building 121. on the first floor.
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