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Transfer Profile: Annie Ford, '17

Annie Ford

What made you pick Albion College?

I picked Albion because I felt comfortable here. I didn't want to go to a big school where I would just feel like a number. I loved the small class sizes and professor's interest in the students. The Institute for Healthcare Professionals was a deciding factor for me. The institute offers specialized help during all steps of the application process for medical and dental school.

So far, how is Albion different from your previous school?

I previously attended Lansing Community College (LCC) for one year. Albion is different from LCC because class sizes are smaller. LCC is a commuter college so I was not living at school or getting involved on campus like I do here at Albion. The classes I take at Albion have challenged me more which has taught me to learn things more in depth.

What are you studying? What are you involved in?

I am a pre-dental student with a major in biochemistry and a minor in cell and molecular biology. I take part in numerous clubs and organizations on campus. I am a member of the women's golf team. I am in Alpha Phi Omega, a national community service fraternity, and Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity. I host prospective students as a Briton Ambassador. I am involved with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship group. I am also a tour guide.

What are you plans after graduating from Albion?

After graduating from Albion, I plan to further my education by attending dental school.

What was the transfer process like for you?

The transfer process for me was surprisingly easy. As a freshmen at Lansing Community College I knew I wanted to transfer to Albion, so I took classes that I knew would transfer. I talked a lot with the registrar and my admissions counselor thought out the transfer process so that I knew what to expect. Everyone was very helpful and answered all of my many questions.

What's been the most pleasantly surprising thing you've seen at Albion?

I have been most pleasantly surprised by how friendly and welcoming everyone on campus is, from students, to staff, and even the president. I felt like since I was coming in as a transfer student I would have a hard time meeting people in my class, but that wasn't the case. Everyone is willing to help each other, and I wasn't expecting college to be one big community.

Transfer Profile: Marcus Olah, '19

Marcus Olah

What made you choose Albion College?

Albion reached out to my while I was attending Henry Ford College in Dearborn, MI. On a tour, I spoke with English professor Nels Christensen who was able to answer my questions in a sincere way that didn't feel like a sales pitch. I was attracted to the small classroom size and the liberal arts approach to studying. I am someone who is interested in many different, seemingly disconnected subjects and the variety of classes we are encouraged to take fits what I like most about learning: making connections.

What was the transfer process like for you?

The transfer process was quick, there was maybe a month in the '16 summer between making the decision and being moved in. I visited Albion once, to see the campus for the first time; a second time, to schedule my classes; and the third visit, my car was packed and ready to move in.

What have you found to be the biggest difference at Albion from your previous experience?

I think that because of the teacher to student ratio, I am able to receive more attention from the professors on my weaknesses in a subject, or if there is something comes easy to me, I feel that I am pushed more to improve further. Rather than having a minimum to achieve, my education here feels much more tailored to making me better than myself. Ultimately, I get out of classes what I put into them.

What has Albion done for you?

Albion has given me an opportunity to explore my interests in a focused and challenging way. In the past year I have been able to narrow my interests further and have developed a clearer understanding of the work expected in my various fields of interest. It has also given me the chance to lay down roots in a campus and a town.

Transfer Profile: Ray Robinson, '19

Ray Robinson

What made you choose Albion College?

I chose Albion because I thought It was a beautiful college, both from a campus setting standpoint, as well as academically. I also got to move closer to home.

What was the transfer process like for you?

The transfer process was different from my past experiences in a good way. I didn’t know at first that Albion College existed, even though I lived 20 minutes away in Jackson. I set up a visit to meet with Mandy Dubiel. She made me feel like I was born to be a part of this college, let alone the athletics and education. The reason why It was different was because I never been to a college that felt like home.

What have you found to be the biggest difference at Albion from your previous experience?

The biggest difference at Albion is the community. Everyone accepts who you are and welcomes you with open arms. The campus was love at first sight, like a fall scene from a movie.

What has Albion done for you?

Albion has made me a better man than I was before. Albion pushes me to be great, and to never settle.

Transfer Profile: Megan Harvey, '20

Megan Harvey

What made you choose Albion College?

I chose Albion because at the time I was looking to transfer my brother was a junior at Albion, so my family was familiar with the academic side of things as well as athletics. I saw the success my brother was having at Albion, I thought that it could be a great fit for me as well.

What was the transfer process like for you?

The transfer process was not difficult at all. The staff was completely understanding of all of the stress I was feeling, so they made the effort to make every bit of the process go smoothly. I especially was thankful for the swim team because the coaches did their best to help with any paperwork, forms, etc. to help reduce any stress and all of my teammates went above and beyond to help me feel welcome on the team.

What have you found to be the biggest difference at Albion from your previous experience?

The biggest difference between Albion and my previous school is the sense of closeness and pride that we have at Albion. Being an Albion Briton is something that we are all very proud of and the fact that we all value that and form together to be something greater is such a special feeling.

What has Albion done for you?

Albion has given me the opportunity to not only further my education, but to connect with others and make lifelong friendships and memories.

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