Transfer Students Finding a Better Fit at NICC

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NICC_better_fitWhoever said “time flies when you’re having fun” probably hasn’t spent the better part of four months listening to lectures with 200 other people.

Many college students learn that one of the greatest myths of attending a four-year university is the construct of strong identity. We tend to identify with a big school’s colors, athletic teams and mascots, the rallies and stadium, or see ourselves following in the footsteps of family members and friends. What frequently happens, sometimes in the first semester, is that students feel lost and overwhelmed amidst tens of thousands of other students.

Many current Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) students and alumni had similar experiences. They may have enjoyed the freedom away from home, partied with the best and arrived on campus full of excitement and expectations. Yet, they floundered without the personal, one-on-one attention or the familiarity of their hometowns. When students were in high school, getting some extra help with calculus and chemistry was easier; at the university, you have class during your professors’ office hours and all the tutors were busy the night before the big test.

On-campus resources at NICC, instructors who want you to succeed and a personal connection make a difference in a college experience, according to self-described “small-town girl” McKayla Stock, a 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduate.

“Northeast Iowa Community College has made me realize that you can obtain the quality education you need from a community college, not only a large university. So many of my friends from high school wanted to go to college and ‘get out of Waukon.’ They ended up not liking their experience and transferring somewhere else,” Stock explained. “I had a very good experience at NICC and with my nursing instructors. The staff are personally willing to help students and the first ones to reach out and say, ‘let’s get you the help you need.’”

Students who attended a larger school and then transferred to NICC found that certain programs are taught more effectively, such as the Dairy Science program. Makaila Klejeski, a student from Claremont, Minn., originally attended South Dakota State University for its four-year dairy program and discovered that much of the learning involved lecture, not hands-on work with the animals.

“I attended South Dakota State University for one semester. I only had one dairy science class, where I spent most of my time sitting in lectures and looking at PowerPoints. Occasionally, the class went on a trip to a dairy farm,” recalled Klejeski. “The problem with the large universities is that you have to get so far into your program to do hands-on things. Now at Northeast Iowa Community College, I’m taking all of my general education classes online and all my hands-on learning is at Iowa’s Dairy Center, working with the dairy herd.”

NICC is also a great option for students who want to explore careers without becoming buried in loan debt. In two years or less, you can earn a college certificate, diploma or degree, and begin your career or transfer to a four-year college with a goal, less debt, and better academic and time management skills.

It’s your Life. Be Bold. Apply or Transfer Today. www.nicc.eu/apply.

Takeaways

Many college students learn that one of the greatest myths of attending a four-year university is the construct of strong identity.

“The problem with the large universities is that you have to get so far into your program to do hands-on things…”

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