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Experience Caz!
Marlo Colleto
Marlo Colletto
From Transfer Student to a Member of the Caz Family
Alumna now serves as an admissions counselor, sharing her Caz experience with prospective students

My parents always told me that college ‘is the best time of your life,' but I often disagreed during my two years at community college – they were educational, don't get me wrong—however, as a self-proclaimed perfectionist commuting from home, I experienced all of college's early mornings, pre-test jitters, last minute paper stress, and death-by-PowerPoint—but few of its joys.

My two-year college was great and I learned a lot there, but my professors were classroom resources, not life resources. Similarly, commuting didn't allow me the full depth of experience that belonging to a campus community provides. Then I transferred to Cazenovia College and once I assimilated into college life, I embarked upon a journey that quickly had me eating my words and admitting to my parents that most painful of phrases: you were right.

Cazenovia fit the profile I was looking for: a small, private liberal arts college within a couple hours of my home. But where it really beat out the competition was in value. Aside from accepting the most credits of all the colleges I applied to, Cazenovia had the lowest tuition and boasted the best transfer scholarships — a winning combination in my book!

In addition, I felt that I was investing in a lot more than two years of college; I was investing in my future. From the get-go my admissions counselor made me feel welcomed, meeting with me in person when I came to visit the campus and promptly responding to the many questions I emailed to her afterwards.

I packed a lot into my two years at Cazenovia; I guess I was making up for lost time. I joined clubs, acted in the spring musical, spent a semester abroad, wrote for our school newspaper, crafted a resume, and made friendships and memories that I will carry on for years to come.

On move-in day, I remember being greeted by name, as if already I was a welcomed member of the college. I think this first experience was very indicative of the kind of place that Cazenovia is, a place where you can't be anonymous, but instead where you discover a close-knit community of educational neighbors.

My interaction with professors was much the same. Although some had titles and experience that seemed larger than life, their bearing was humble and our interactions one-on-one. It was not their job to complete research, print dry academic treatises, or oversee a network of TA's—nope, it was simply to be there for us, the students.

One example of this is office hours, a block of time set aside by professors to sit in their offices and wait – wait for students who didn't quite get that concept touched on in the last moments of the class, or a student facing struggles at home that are spilling over into his or her academic life. From the minute to the monumental, my professors were available. For me, office hours were for copying practice tests, getting writing critiques, honing my resume, and—in the closing days of my senior year—for longwinded wonderings about my purpose in life and my path after graduation.

Little did I know, on the day I graduated, that the path would bring me back to my alma mater. Now, as an admissions counselor, I get to share my Cazenovia experience with prospective students and introduce them to the place that has come to mean so much to me.

I really enjoy my job; I see it as a way of "paying forward" all that Cazenovia has meant to me. I discovered that quintessential college experience here, and, in a way, I also discovered much of myself.

Now I have the opportunity to make that experience a possibility for prospective students. I hope that the students I meet with find my enthusiasm about the school contagious. I don't sell anything; I just make introductions. If it is the right fit, Cazenovia does the rest on its own.

Tips from Marlo for prospective transfer students:
  • Make sure all your credits will transfer
  • Go to orientation; get involved in clubs, volunteer work, study groups and other activities.
  • Learn how to assimilate – it may be difficult, but it is not impossible, to carry classroom friendships to out-of-classroom social life.
  • Don't go into a shell, or live with one foot out the door. The new school is ‘home.' You'll learn to love it.
  • Don't be afraid to be yourself. That's how you will find people with whom you have things in common.
"As a transfer student, I was a welcomed member of the college … in a place where you can't be anonymous."

Truxton, NY
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