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Columns

Before The Diploma: Transfer Day at Illinois State

I am officially a Redbird! I’m not a Bulldog, nor a Chief, but a magnificent, mighty Redbird!

As I have mentioned in columns before, I am transferring this fall to Illinois State University. Now, after years of waiting, I am officially part of the Redbird family. I even have my school ID card to prove it. I attended a Transfer Day program on the last day of March, and that is when things really started to sink in.

The day began at 8 in the morning. It started off with me checking in and picking up a folder stuffed with pamphlets and fliers about ISU. At 9 o’clock, I had a counseling appointment. My major is public relations, and PR is part of the school of communication. At my counseling session, I sat down in a room with a total of around 10 other students whose majors are in the school of communication. During the session, I was put in a group with two other girls who were also PR majors. The two girls both lived in towns close to ISU. From what the girls described to me, they lived in what I consider to be very small "farm towns." They were amazed to hear that my high school had over 2,000 students, and that I didn’t recognize each person I passed at Waubonsee.

By the end of the counseling session, I signed up for classes for the fall semester. Two of them are required communication classes; one of them is an introductory class to PR, and the other class is about interviewing. I was told that two of my classes are going to be in large lecture halls, so I’m not too sure what to expect when it comes to the size of that room.

After the counseling session, I walked back to the enormous room where I checked in at the beginning of the day. The room was filled with informational booths about paying for school, counseling services and housing information. Filled with students and parents, everyone was scrambling around trying to visit each booth. Unaware of where I was going to live during the school year, my parents and I visited the housing booth to learn more about off-campus apartments.

Before leaving the Transfer Day program, we walked by booths from various real estate agents who were advertising off-campus student apartments. A girl from one of the booths jumped out in front of my mom and handed her a pamphlet about a real estate agent. That same girl even gave me a free T-shirt, which is a very comfy pajama top. To keep things short, I ended up getting an apartment that day from that same real estate agent. I’ll be sharing the apartment with three other girls. Luckily, I got to meet one of the girls the same day that I signed the lease.

I’m a bit terrified to start my new life away from Batavia, but I cannot wait for all the possibilities and new adventures that I’m going to have at Illinois State University. After a long day of walking around, I drove home that day with a new ISU shirt, a new home and an idea of the new life that I will soon have in just a few months.

Denise Cartina is a student at Waubonsee Community College and graduate of Batavia High School. In addition to writing, she enjoys watching sappy romantic comedies, eating peanut butter and keeping elegance alive. Her column runs every other Thursday. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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