Life at Clarkson is what you make it to be. “If you are motivated to meet new people, get involved and really succeed to your highest potential, life here is great,” said Falisha Gilman ’11.
Gilman transferred here from SUNY Brockport in the second half of her freshman year. “I couldn’t ask for a better fit from Clarkson,” she said.
Gilman, from Massena, N.Y., wanted to be closer to home. She knew the academics would be more challenging, “but I also knew that it would prepare me better for graduate school and eventually my career.”
But picking the right university is about a lot more than the great academics Clarkson is known for. “I really like the size and sense of community,” she said. It makes it easier to develop relationships that will help you when you are here at Clarkson, but also once you start your career.
“I think the size is especially important to transfer students,” she added, “making it easier to transition and not get lost in the chaos that can be associated with large universities.”
For Gilman, classes can be both challenging and fun “I love my academic program because there are my required courses that I enjoy, but there is also a lot of room for me to take other courses that I’m interested in,” she said. “These courses have really opened me up to other fields that I didn’t think I would be interested in, like sociology.”
It helps to have the professors on your side. “The faculty here are great,” she said. “All the professors I have had thus far just want their students to succeed. Their encouragement is a lot of help when the going gets rough.”
While school work is the reason she’s here, Gilman recognizes it’s important to be involved with activities outside the classroom. She’s active in the Clarkson University Transfer Student Association and the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. She worked on the committee that redesigned Clarkson’s 2009-2010 student orientation schedule, organized a canned food drive in the fall of 2008 and was chosen to be a house advisor for the Clarkson School in 2009-2010.
A biomolecular science major, Gilman isn’t sure where life will take her after Clarkson. “I plan to attend graduate school, but I’m just not sure for what,” she said. “I’ve considered being a physician’s assistant. More recently, I’ve become interested in the environmental sciences and environmental engineering. I’m trying to think of some way I can fuse those two together.”