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Transition Time

It is already June and the quarter is winding down so it must be time for the spring edition of the Transfer Newsletter!  As always, spring is a time of great transition at the UW and for many students, faculty and staff, it is a bittersweet time.  Graduates are getting ready for commencement and to head off to graduate school, Teach for America, the Peace Corps, City Year, travel, or career-launching employment. We are saying goodbye to people we have had the joy of working with for the past two, four or more years.  As advisers, it is both an honor and a privilege to witness the growth and development of students over their time at the university.  We are excited and proud as they head off to the next great adventure, happy that we have been able to be a part of their journey and a bit sad that this is where our part ends for most of them.  But this is also a time of renewal when new freshmen and transfer students are signing up for summer orientation sessions and getting prepared to continue their academic journeys as Huskies.  Our picturesque campus is in bloom and is being prepared for the impending graduation ceremonies, as well as the crowds of incoming new students and their parents, a last fond image and reminder to the graduates of their time here and a warm welcome to the newcomers with a promise of exciting things to come. 

In this issue of the newsletter, you will find some feature stories about students who have successfully transferred to the UW as well as updates from departments about changes in degrees or admission requirements, new offerings and scholarship opportunities.  As always for prospective transfer students, we recommend a visit to Transfer Thursday well before you plan to apply for admission to the university.  Many of the questions that prospective students have center around the admissions process and Transfer Thursday admissions information sessions can answer those questions for both domestic and international transfer students.  The Transfer Thursday website explains how Transfer Thursday works and lists the information sessions and drop-in advising hours that are scheduled for each week.  If you can’t make it to Transfer Thursday during the regular quarter, don’t worry!  We hold the event every week, even during the quarter breaks.  As always, department websites are excellent resources for prospective students as admission prerequisites and degree requirements are spelled out.  Many departments have scheduled in-person or online information sessions so be sure to check on the website for those opportunities.  As advisers at the UW, we rely on the search box on the main UW home page, to find information and you can do the same!  Take advantage of the UAA Advising home page and the wealth of information for students available there.  This is the age of online information, so take advantage of the vast resource at your fingertips!

—Donna Sharpe