Transy Favorites


I know you high school seniors are getting down to the wire — it’s your last semester and the stress of choosing a college is sinking in as you interview for scholarships, visit your top few choices again, and continue panicking about what you want to do with your life.

So for a few minutes, take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy a no-stress list of some of my favorite things at Transy!

Building: This is a hard one. But I love the setup of the Cowgill Center. A variety of classroom styles, faculty offices upstairs, and comfy study spots at every turn.

Study Snack: Get a big mug and fill it with mini pretzels, cheese cubes, and pieces of your favorite fruit (I like the packages of mixed berries at Kroger). The perfect combination of textures and flavors, and it’s not unhealthy. You’re welcome.

On-Campus Eating: Jazzman’s Cafe (in the same building as our admissions office!) has delicious iced blueberry green tea and giant cookies. The perfect celebratory snack after completing a major project, and a just as helpful pick-me-up after a difficult midterm exam. Also, the Rafskeller (located in the basement of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center) makes their own honey mustard and I know I’ll be craving it long after I graduate. And my other absolute favorite is a flatbread pizza from the 1780 Cafe (in the lobby of Thomson Hall, one of our upperclassmen dorm buildings).

Professor: I’m not falling for that one. And also, I really don’t think I could pick just one. So instead of listing every professor I’ve had, just trust me. You’re going to love your professors because they make even seemingly uninteresting topics fun and relatable. And they’ll do everything they can to help you when you’re having trouble on a paper or are nervous about a test.

Study Spot: I recently ventured into the “stacks” of our library (the rooms with all the shelves of books), looking for a book that I wanted to use for my senior seminar paper. And I noticed that tucked away in the corners were individual desks and chairs — the perfect secluded study spot. How did I not know about them before? Thankfully, I have a semester left to hide in those corners, get my homework done without distractions — and when I need a break, I can go right next door to Jazzman’s!

Local Spot: It’s gotta be Third Street Stuff. A local coffee shop at which I always see someone from school. For proof, read a post I wrote about it three years ago! (Time flies…)

Thing About Transy: That one’s easy. I’ve said it before and you know I’ll say it again. I am so so grateful for the community on this campus. Being surrounded by new best friends, supportive faculty, and helpful staff, make everything else about college easier. I know that making a college decision is stressful. And college is going to be challenging. But at Transy, you won’t have to do it all alone.