By Terry Hill, Program Coordinator, First Year Programs
Incoming transfer students often feel like they are revisiting their freshman year once they get to UW. The campus seems extremely large, the grading system changes, the type of workload changes, and they know very few people when they get here. Unlike first-year students, transfer students feel as if they should already know this stuff, given their past college experience. Very few people like the feeling of being lost and not knowing where to turn to find the answers to the questions they don’t even know to ask. The UW has a unique way of helping students find their place on campus and help transfer students hit the ground running. For almost 15 years now, the Transfer and Returning Interest Groups (TRIG) program has been helping transfer students succeed and minimizing the effects of the dreaded “Transfer Shock.”
The TRIG program is intended to provide a supportive structure where students will be challenged to discover ways to become integrated into the new UW environment and see the practical application of many UW resources and services in light of their own past experience and future goals.
How do we do this?
At this time, TRIGs are only offered in the Autumn and consist of one or two academic courses in which space has been reserved by entry code for first-quarter transfer and returning students (students transferring or returning to the UW in the Summer and continuing into Autumn are also eligible).
In addition to signing up for the academic course(s), TRIG students are required to take GEN ST 199, University Community, a two-credit, non-graded (CR/NC) seminar. This seminar is what truly makes a TRIG a TRIG. All TRIG participants meet once a week with a Peer Instructor to talk more about university resources and services, as well as more department-specific resources related to each student’s chosen area of study. Credit for GEN ST 199 is based on participation, class assignments and completion of an electronic portfolio.
This Fall, there will be nine TRIGs being offered in the following majors: Architecture, Business, Biology, Community and Environmental Planning, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Students in these majors should seriously consider registering for a TRIG when they attend their summer Advising and Orientation Session. It will be a great way to get registered for high-demand classes in the major, meet new friends, and learn how to get the most out of your UW experience. For more information on the TRIG Program, please visit our website at: http://depts.washington.edu/trigs/. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call First Year Programs at (206)543-4905.