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Katie Remark

Class of 2018

Transferring to Walsh University was one of the best decisions of my life. At first I did not want to go to Walsh. It is close to my home, and I really thought that I wanted to go away to school. My dad also went to Walsh, and while he always talked highly of it, I didn’t want to just simply follow in his footsteps.

I started my undergraduate career at a larger university. It was a beautiful campus, but it was not the right fit for me. The campus was too big and the environment did not suit me. When I decided that I did not want to return for the next semester, I called my mom and asked if I could come home and visit Walsh again.

I remember coming here for the second time and really feeling like I would fit in here. I just felt so welcomed. People said hello to me on my tour, which was much different than before. I laughed because my dad had even said from the beginning that I would thrive at Walsh, but I thought that I wanted to go away. On my tour I felt like I could be at home here.

It was a little overwhelming to go through the transferring process. I can be pretty shy when I first meet people and I was really nervous about moving into a new school. Luckily, the admissions staff at Walsh helped to ease my anxiety about transferring. I was so thankful to be able to have a transfer student orientation in order to learn more about the school and meet people to have familiar faces around campus.

My involvement on campus has helped me to meet some amazing people. At Walsh, I have been able to get involved in choir, chorale, chamber singers, Campus Kitchens, Orientation Leaders, Campus Ministry, Genesius Players, the Odyssey Online, and Students Helping Honduras. I also spent a semester at Walsh’s Rome campus, which was a life-changing experience. All of these activities have really helped me to feel at home. I had trouble being involved at my previous school because it was so big. I really liked the family atmosphere here. When I went to club meetings for the first time people were welcoming and it was such a blessing. The family atmosphere is truly incredible.

Walsh University has helped to shape me in so many ways. I am so grateful for everything. I really feel like I have grown as a person by being here. I definitely have expanded my horizons. Looking back, I did not expect to have the kind of growth that I did coming into college. I think I am definitely ready to get into in the real world soon. Walsh has really helped me with social skills, education, and to find myself I really found myself here. I am really glad that when I transferred I chose Walsh. Walsh has become home for me.