Posted 11:47 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Four UWL transfer students shared their stories as part of National Transfer Student Week (Oct. 18-22).

Read our four-part series celebrating UWL transfer students

National Transfer Student Week was Oct. 18-22 — a chance to celebrate the nearly 1,300 transfer students who help make UWL so special.

Transfer students bring unique skills, backgrounds and personalities. But they also face a unique set of challenges.

From making friends, to learning about services and resources, to finding their way around campus and the community, transfer students often face an uphill climb.

"I love working with transfer students, because it takes a lot of courage to change schools and enter into a new community," says Celinda Davis, transfer academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center. "They can show all of us at UWL how important it is to take risks, to be self-aware, and to chase passions that might take you in new directions. Transfer students bring fresh perspectives and renewed energy that changes UWL for the better."

This year’s theme focused on stepping into transfer students’ shoes. The UWL homepage highlighted the stories of transfer students who have found their home at UWL, providing a snapshot into who they are, where they've been and where they're going.

You can find their stories below:

Part 1: 'It really feels like a family here,' featuring Damian J. Combs

Part 2: Connections key to transfer student success, featuring Dakota Lindgren

Part 3: Finding the right fit, featuring Emma Trettin

Part 4: 'My journey has not been a linear one,' featuring Manigbe Kenneh