Transfer Student Success Stories
MICHAEL J. KUBEJA ‘08 JASON A. MARTIN ‘09 JONATHAN G. GUNN ‘09
Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
SHAWN M. HERRMAN ‘10 BETHANY BESWICK ‘09 TOM LIOU ‘09
iE&M Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Easy access to professors, a great reputation as an engineering school and a quiet, friendly and focused atmosphere are just some of the reasons students have transferred from Monroe Community College to Clarkson in recent years.
For Michael J. Kubeja '08, Jason A. Martin '09, Jonathan G. Gunn '09, Shawn M. Herrman '10, Bethany Beswick '09 and Tom Liou '09, professor recommendations for a transfer to Clarkson have been right on.
An organized trip is what helped make up some student’s mind as to where to go after MCC. Martin said Clarkson had an unpretentious appearance and a pleasant feel. Being a fan of the small community feeling and the outdoors, he said it was quickly apparent Clarkson was right for him.
“The first time we had an organized trip up here and I set foot on campus I knew right away. I think that it’s fantastic,” Martin said.
When Beswick visited she said she found a lot of very nice people and had a lot of fun as well. Others agreed with her.
“I really love it, I really do. I‘ve really enjoyed the people I’ve met up here and the classes,” Kubeja said.
The environment is welcoming as well, Kubeja said. “Coming up here it was nice that everyone has no where to be in any hurry, so it’s very easy to meet people to hang out with on the weekends and study with during the week. It’s really easy to meet people and you become very close, very quickly and easily,” he said.
All students agreed administratively the transfer could not have been smoother. Not only did the university accept a majority of credits from MCC, but staff was helpful in course selection and getting settled at their new home.
“It was the smoothest experience I’ve ever had and I’ve been to other four-year colleges,” Martin said. “There were personnel in place I hadn’t even heard of. It was pretty much sign papers and get keys and you’re done.”
Some have found how Clarkson’s reputation can help outside of school. Herrman said that reputation tends to precede itself.
“Clarkson I saw was right for me. It’s a very good school. Whenever I bring it up to any employers they say it’s a good name, a good engineering college. It’s got a good reputation,” Herrman said.
Liou said MCC did a good job preparing him for the Clarkson experience. As a mechanical engineering major, he said MCC’s engineering science program got him right on track for Clarkson. And for those looking to attend Clarkson in the future, he suggested good time management is the key to success.
Small class sizes also helped to make Clarkson more enjoyable. Gunn said access to professors at bigger schools wasn’t as good as it is at Clarkson. Beswick said because of the small class sizes it’s easier to get to know the professors and found they’re really nice. She said that direct contact has helped a lot.
“And they’re pretty good at teaching things that you’ll need to know,” she said.
Students like Liou have gotten more out of Clarkson than just a strong hands-on engineering curriculum. Through the University he secured a summer internship which may be repeated this summer.
And from swimming to mountain biking, Clarkson offers a number of other activities for their student body. Beswick said she swam for Clarkson, which was not only a lot of fun but also a good chance to meet new people.
Liou has enjoyed the miles of outdoor trails on Clarkson’s expansive 640-acre campus on his mountain bike as well as canoeing down the Racquette River just off campus, as Gunn glides down the ice on Clarkson’s club hockey team.
“I can tell potential students that there are services at this college that are fantastic in comparison to other colleges across the country including Colorado and California. People are willing to assist you as long as you come prepared,” Martin said.