Picking a major important decision

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Transfer center allows students to shop for colleges.

By Kathya Anguiano

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The hardest decision to make when thinking about your future is picking a major that will prepare you to earn a living. Thanks to the campus transfer and career center on the first floor of Moody Learning Center, students can get help in making that decision.

“It’s a perfect way for people who are just starting with their choice to go ‘shopping’ for colleges to compare and see what they have to offer,” Counselor Rosa Maria Gonzalez said.

The center’s main focus is to help students pick the right transfer university. According to campus Counseling and Advising Services’ transfer checklist, the first step to a successful transfer is for students to meet with a counselor or faculty adviser to review associate and transfer degree plans.

Then students should meet with a transfer adviser from the university being considered, and if possible, visit the campus.

If applicable, students may sign a joint admissions agreement or transfer agreement. “Those agreements are like your final transcript papers you fill out in high school right before you graduate,” Gonzalez said.

Next, one must submit a transfer or admission application by the appropriate deadline, which is accessible through applytexas.org for Texas public universities. Application fees might also be required, and transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted.

According to the transfer checklist, the last thing to do is apply for financial aid and scholarships. “Colleges and representatives visit everyday to talk to students. We’ve tried to put posters around campus with dates and information, and we also have a calendar on our website,” Gonzalez said.

The center is open for general information and advising on Monday and Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., general information only is available on Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-noon, and counseling and advising are available on Tuesdays from noon-7 p.m. as well as every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more help, visit the transfer center in Moody first floor, call 210-486-0342 or visit alamo.edu/sac/transfer/.

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