I Found a Home: My Transfer Story by Wyatt Prosch
I Found a Home: My Transfer Story
By Wyatt Prosch
Transferring to a different University is both a daunting and excited thing to do. To this day, I am incredibly thankful that I came to the University of Minnesota and the College of Design.
I grew up in a little town called Independence, Minnesota, which is located about a half-hour drive west of the Twin Cities. I went out of state for my freshman year of college with an undeclared major and no real idea of what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I needed something to feed my creativity and love for art and design; I just did not know what that would be yet. I made my decision for a handful or reasons, some of which were not good ones (never follow a high school significant other to college!).
After much research, I decided that architecture would be a perfect fit for me. However, I was unhappy at the school I was attending. My personal goals could not be met, I struggled to find opportunities to connect with other students, and they did not have a strong architecture program. I also wanted to live in a large city where I would have access to more design resources and opportunities. When I came to the decision that I was going to transfer, the U of M was one of the first places that I visited and I fell in love with it!
While on my tour of Rapson Hall, something that really stuck out to me was how the faculty and staff interacted with the students. My tour guide, and current academic advisor, knew every student that we passed by and would greet them by name. I also noticed professors doing this, which was completely new to me. This stood out primarily because I was worried that going to such a large university would make it impossible to be recognizable to faculty outside of the classroom. This gives the College of Design a very comfortable feel within the massiveness of the University of Minnesota, making it a wonderful place to call home.
My initial impression of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design has stood the test of time, and I promise you that it is a fantastic place to study, learn, and grow as a person. There is incredible chemistry between the students, the faculty, and the staff, and the College of Design has the best Teaching Assistants in the world. All of this creates an engaging environment that pushes you to become a better designer and person. My decision to transfer to the U of M to pursue a degree in architecture is one of the best choices I have ever made!