Meet Our Transfer Students

Why transfer to SUNY Delhi?

Shelby Nolan

Major: Veterinary Technology (Bachelor of Technology)Shelby Nolan

Why SUNY Delhi?
My freshman year of college, I attended a college in Massachusetts where I pursued a veterinary technology bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, the school had to close due to financial issues, but I still knew that I wanted to continue my education in veterinary medicine. I was fortunate enough to find SUNY Delhi and was so impressed that it was the first Veterinary Science Technology program in the United States.  I also liked the emphasis on hands-on experience working with live animals in state-of-the-art labs. I have also been given the amazing opportunity to continue my career as a collegiate athlete in softball and volleyball while finishing my degree here at Delhi!

Were you nervous to transfer?
Change is never easy, especially when you pictured your college career at a completely different school and state. However, despite the challenges that come with change, my transfer process was made easier with the help of everyone at Delhi. Admissions helped with a smooth transition in transferring my credits and worked with me to develop my course schedule in order for me to graduate on time! I was welcomed with open arms by all of my teachers in the veterinary program. Being a part of two teams has also helped make SUNY Delhi home for the next three years!

What do you like best about SUNY Delhi?
I have gained so much hands-on experience from the veterinary technology program! From performing physical examinations on animals to assisting in surgeries and anesthesia, I would have never imagined I would be the veterinary technician I am today. I have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence in order to pursue my career out in the veterinary field, all thanks to my professors who instill passion and excitement in all their students. I have gained friends for a lifetime and memories that I will never forget.

Any advice for students considering transferring to SUNY Delhi?
I would definitely encourage anyone who is considering transferring to Delhi to do it! Despite how intimidating new places are, everyone here at Delhi works with you in order to make the process as easy as possible. The campus is a small knit community, and everyone here does everything they can to see you succeed!

Melonie Papuli

Major: Nursing Dual-Degree  (Associate of Applied Science to Bachelor of Science) Melonie Papuli

Why SUNY Delhi?
I picked SUNY Delhi because I heard great things about their nursing program and professors. The dual-degree program in the nursing program enables me to take the NCLEX exam and then complete my bachelor's degree online my fourth year! I also got in contact with the softball coach and she helped me make my decision to transfer easier. The chance to play NCAA Division III softball was an unbelievable perk!

What was the transfer process like?
I didn’t want to transfer because I didn’t want to go through the whole process of finding a new school, applying, making a new group of friends. SUNY Delhi made the transferring process so easy and everyone I talked to during the process was very helpful.

How has your experience been at SUNY Delhi so far?
I love the campus at Delhi, everyone is so friendly and the faculty in Nursing and in my other classes are very helpful and seem like they want the best for every student. I love that students get to build such strong relationships with their professors.

Any advice for students considering transferring to Delhi?
My advice would be to do it! The admissions office reviewed all of my previous credits and took them all. Every experience I had with the campus and staff made my choice to transfer very easy.

Krzysztof Nazar

Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management (Bachelor of Business Administration) online program.Krzyzstof Nazar - Transfer Student

What is your background?
My full name is Krzysztof, but everybody, including my wife, calls me Kris. It’s a bit easier on the tongue. I am originally from Poland where my parents owned a hotel and restaurant on the Baltic Sea. Because of the political situation, I left Poland in 1984 and spent two years in a refugee center in Germany, before arriving in Detroit in 1986. I enrolled full time at SUNY Rockland in their Hospitality and Culinary Arts program and pursued my associate degree. At the same time, my love of cooking and my early experience in the family kitchen landed me a full-time position with the brilliant restaurateur, Peter X. Kelly.

Why SUNY Delhi?
I wanted to pursue a business management degree so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see that SUNY Delhi offered an online program for associate degree graduates.

What do you like best about SUNY Delhi?
The online program offers the flexibility and 24-hour access essential for students who work full time.  The chance to earn my bachelor's degree is enabling me to achieve my goals.

Any advice for students considering transferring to SUNY Delhi?
Go for it! The entire admission process, advisement, and available help make the transition smooth and painless. If you have the desire and a little bit of self-discipline you will succeed!   

Sierra Keesler

Major: Recreation & Sports Facilities Management (Bachelor of Business Administration)Sierra Keesler - Transfer Student

Why SUNY Delhi?
During my first year of college, I wasn't really into school. I didn't feel motivated. I felt like I had no support at my college and I knew it wasn't the right fit for me, so I decided to come home to Hancock, NY. SUNY Delhi seemed like it might be a better fit, and then I talked with the softball coach and she helped me make my decision to transfer. I am a center fielder on the team now, and was named a USCAA All-American last year!

What was transferring like for you?
The process was so easy. The admissions office helped me understand how my credits would transfer in. That made me feel better when I was already nervous about starting something new. I was worried about fitting in, but I had no problem making friends and I feel like I have found second and third families in the softball team and people in my major.

What do you like best about SUNY Delhi?
My program is so motivating! All of the faculty are so supportive. They push you in a positive way and make us feel like we are part of a big family. I also like how I am able to manage my classes, playing a sport, having a part-time job, and still having a life! I work in the fitness center on campus and I love that it is relevant to my major. I am planning to take the test to become a personal trainer and would love to open my own gym or rec facility someday. I feel like I have the best advising and mentors. I wasn't expecting to stay for my bachelor's degree, but I wound up loving the school so much I didn't want to leave!

Any advice for students considering transferring to SUNY Delhi?
Definitely do it! Everyone here is so supportive and is willing to work with you to find the right path for your future. I actually work in the transfer admissions office now and help with the paperwork on transfer articulation and credit agreements that SUNY Delhi makes with other colleges. It is so interesting to see how things work behind the scenes and it helps me see how dedicated everyone is to making sure the transfer process goes as smoothly as possible. SUNY Delhi changed my perspective on college and life. The entire campus community is helpful and you aren't just a number here. Everyone wants to see you succeed and do well in life.

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