Transferring schools sucks. In addition to the unfortunate reasons that cause students to transfer in the first place, many have to bear through the struggles of relocating to a new school and possibly a new city. Unfortunately, more than a third of college students transfer schools at least once during their undergraduate careers, and I am one of them.

My time at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia came to an end two years ago when I was struggling with motivation and direction in my life and was simply an immature, irresponsible, and a lazy student. However, an opportunity to restart my academic career was presented to me when my brother-in-law recommended UT Dallas. After getting my act together and fulfilling the required prerequisite courses at Brookhaven Community College, I was able to transfer to UTD and the Naveen Jindal School of Management last December.

I knew that a successful undergraduate experience was not only dependent on grades, but also on the extent of my participation within student organizations. This prompted me to explore the available clubs provided on campus. I attended the Spring Organization Fair, looked through the online database of student organizations, and even asked the UT Dallas subreddit for suggestions, but my efforts in searching finally stopped when I randomly came across a rush flyer for an organization that I am now a part of – Alpha Kappa Psi.

I was not sure what I was getting into with AKPsi, but the familiar name from my time at Emory was sufficient enough for me to go to the first rush event. I cannot single out a specific reason, but factors such as the welcoming atmosphere to the promises of helping me develop into a better professional were too compelling to pass. One event after the other, I had the privilege of meeting every brother, and I eventually received a bid after the end of rush week. I accepted the bid without hesitation and the journey since then has been a priceless experience.

I met some great students and professors in my classes, but the brothers and alumni that I connected with through AKPsi were undoubtedly the highlights of this semester for me. I have to dedicate the applause towards the brothers and alumni because of their help throughout my personal and professional growth. The brothers and alumni generously shared their knowledge and advice, guided me through the pledge process, and put in the time and effort to support my overall development. Above all, they challenged me to become the best I could be.

The past couple years have been a rough patch for me, but transferring has become one of the best decisions that I made, second to the decision of rushing AKPsi. I was fortunate enough to revitalize my career by coming across this organization. That is why I am hoping that every transfer student has the same opportunity to find their Alpha Kappa Psi.