Alexa’s Transfer Journey: GCC to Hunter College
As I previously mentioned, I transferred from Guttman to Hunter College. It was very
difficult for me to get accustomed to not being around the same people all of the time. I always
encountered different faces; it was overwhelming. However, I tried my best to make friends in
each class. When I was at Guttman, I majored in Urban Studies and the average class size was
10-12 students. Going from being a part of small class sizes to class sizes that consist of at least
30 students was a difficult transition.
I remember my first day at my Law, Society, and Civil Rights class, I felt very confident
and ready to be emerged in a different setting. However, as time went on I realized that I prefer
small classroom settings. My participation in that class was very minimal because of the size. It
was uncomfortable for me to not know the professors on a personal level, as well the students.
One thing I could attest on that I regret is setting up my schedule late. Taking night classes
throughout my first semester was the result from registering too late. It resulted into me taking
night classes. There were many good things about taking night classes but also many negatives. I
enjoy working with people more senior than I am because they seem to be more mature about
getting work done and I enjoy it.
It took a long time for me to get used to seeing unrecognizable faces at Hunter.
At Guttman, everyone more or less knew each other and everyone was pretty open for new
friendships. At Hunter, I would try to converse with people in my classes and they did not seem
open for conversation so I stopped trying. However, I was confident in knowing there were
people who were as open and friendly as I was. Through social media, I found out that it was
rush season for Greek life on campus. I was skeptical about it because I never imagined myself
wanting to rush for sorority, but I did. And I do not regret my decision. I rushed for one sorority
and did not feel the vibe I wanted to get from a group of girls. Then I rushed for Theta Phi
Gamma Sorority Incorporated and I immediately felt the vibe I have been searching all along at
Hunter. As I started to gain more knowledge on what the sorority’s core values were, I realized I
was in the right place. Fast forward to now, I am a representative sister of the organization. I
urge whoever is struggling to transition into their senior college, to join clubs on campus. If it
Greek Life, then kudos to you, and welcome to the family!
High school was not very pleasant for me, which is why I tried my best to make my
college experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible. It is what I believe I am working on
doing and it has been a pleasant experience thus far.
My name is Alexa Henry and I am a senior at Hunter College, majoring in sociology. I
was born and raised in the Bronx, brought up by Dominican parents. In my spare time, I take the
time to rent studios or even reserve studios at Hunter College to dance. I enjoy taking walks in
parks and free writing. I also love meeting and learning about people. During my time at
Guttman, I majored in Urban Studies.