In high school, routine is often everything. You wake up everyday at the same time, go to the same classes each day, and return home at the same time. There are always some sports practices and music performances among other things, but for the most part, you can predict your daily schedule.
The routine of high school is comforting in a way. You know what to expect, and you know when you can fit in time for friends, dates with your Netflix account, exercise, etc. College, however, takes your high school schedule, throws it in a blender, and creates an inconsistent schedule that somehow fits together and unexpectedly works like clock work.
I am a scheduler. When I got to Transy, there was not a single blank spot in my calendar book. I marked down every step and every breath I took. While having your days planned out is very important in order not to forget deadlines and classes, I overdid it a bit. I have been able to harass my calendar a little less, and in turn started one regular activity that really helps me organize my jumbled schedule full of meetings here, work shifts there, class, homework, and of course friends.
Busy schedules can bog us down and trap us in libraries and dorm rooms, but I have found that exercise is key to mental relaxation. Transy is lucky enough to have a very new, 15 million dollar, athletic facility with a gym, track, and recreational gym open to students at all hours of the day. Transy is, moreover, located in a great location for outdoor running and biking. Read more
Searching for a college to call your home for the next four years is undoubtedly overwhelming. At times, it will seem as if no one has the time or answers you need, but fear not. Throughout all of this chaos, there is one person who can ensure that everything is in place for you to make your final decision: your college admissions counselor.
As mentioned in my previous blog, corresponding with a college admissions counselor can be a tremendous help in quelling any fears you may have about a potential college. Admissions counselors—especially at Transy—are in place to help you answer any and all questions you may have throughout your college search. At Transy, our admissions counselors are here as a resource to you as you navigate the application process and are an especially vital part in introducing you to our community.
Coming from a small public school in Western Kentucky, I was unsure how I would fit in at Transy. It was only after corresponding with my admissions counselor, Sarah, that I began to picture myself wearing a shirt emblazoned with “Transylvania University”. In the days leading up to my one and only visit to Transy I received several e-mails and tweets from Sarah expressing her excitement about my impending visit. Read more
In spite of the fact that we should be thankful year round for our many blessings, the holiday season has a tendency to increase our thankfulness—especially when you’re a college student! As prospective college students, I feel that there are several things that—as a high school student—one may take for granted. While I am by no means free of guilt in this area, college has most certainly altered my perspective. Here a just a few things to be thankful for this holiday season:
1. Privacy! College means a significant decrease in privacy. Unless you opt for a single room, chances are you will be sharing your limited living quarters with a virtual stranger. Luckily, Transy offers excellent rooming accommodations—including a personalized roommate survey—which help make your transition smoother!
2. Your support system! Whether it’s your family, friends, or pets, college is your first leap into the real world. No matter if you’re a 7 minute walk or 7 hour flight from Transy, going to college means decreasing the amount of direct contact with those who have supported you the most. But have no fear! Ask any Transy student about “the bubble” and it’s likely you will discover that Transy’s population is one of the greatest communities you can be immersed in. Nonetheless, be sure to thank those who have helped you on your journey thus far and be prepared to use what you’ve learned in this exciting new adventure!
3. No shower shoes! While a vast majority of the horror stories we’ve all heard about community showers are untrue, showering without shoes is an aspect of pre-college life everyone yearns for!
Disclaimer: I liked the idea of making a Top 10 list until I remembered that lists like these are inherently ranked. And it’s going to be really hard for me to decide which reasons are more important. So let’s just establish now that the following reasons are kind of in order, but not set in stone. You should just start filling out your application now!
10. You’re dying to post a picture of your acceptance letter with a vampire-joke caption. It’s okay, we’re used to it.
9. Transy is the 16th oldest college in the U.S. and that’s pretty impressive.
8. You don’t have to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year, and if you don’t like any of our 39 options, you can design your own!
7. Transy has a strong Greek life presence and I’m telling you as someone who’s not in a sorority that this is an advantage. Our Greek organizations do all kinds of benefits to our campus, from social events to service opportunities — and if you’re not a member, you can still participate in those events. That’s nothing to be intimidated by! (And if you don’t believe me, check out Mattie’s post!)
6. You’ll be prepared for college with our fantastic August Term. Our first-year orientation program is the coolest thing that’s been added since I’ve been here and I really wish I could have participated as a first year. You’ll be introduced to what a college class is like, explore Lexington, and make lots of friends! I promise.
5. Employers and professional schools recognize the value of a Transylvania education and you’ll have a competitive advantage after you graduate, no matter what you decide to do next! Read more
Last fall, as I sat staring at a blank Word document, it hit me like a ton of bricks: real life. Suddenly, everything seemed so important. Grades, class rank, extracurricular activities, and ACT test scores were only a few of the facets of my academic career that could potentially make or break me. Naturally, the worry began to seep into the forefront of my thoughts.
While most of us know that we have a pretty good shot at getting accepted into the college of our choice, doubt still resides within the pit of our stomachs. There have still been incidents in which even the “smartest” person—with an endless list of extracurricular activities—has been rejected by a college. I mean, how is it feasible for a person to accurately represent themselves in an entertaining and captivating manner in approximately 500-1000 words?
It was one thing to say that I want to go to a prominent university, earn a prestigious degree and save the world, but it was another to actually see the application—lying before me—that could make it happen. Staring at a blank college application was like staring at my entire future. All of a sudden, my 4.0 GPA and extracurricular activities didn’t seem to measure up. One wrong word or misplaced comma and it would all be over. Read more