The Transfer Student Association (TSA), a club geared toward helping transfer students adjust to the university, was voted best club on campus in The State Hornet’s “Best of Sac State” poll.
Sacramento State students Sam Smith and Giovanni Duenas helped create the club back in fall 2016 to bring together new transfer students and assist them with everything from financial aid to exploring Sacramento.
“Transfer students make up the majority of Sac State’s student population,” said Duenas, who serves as the vice president of TSA. “For a transfer student, it’s very easy to not have support and drop out — which is the number one thing we’re trying to help prevent.”
Only this semester has the club become more active by hosting weekly meetings and on-campus events, which has resulted in the club’s growth to 15 active members.
“We’re more like a social club for new transfer students and transfers already on campus,” said Smith, TSA’s president. “We try to build a community for students to go to so they could make friends, or if they need help finding where their classes are.”
TSA hosts a variety of events throughout the semester, including hiking trips, lip-sync battles, and most recently a ‘field day,’ which was co-hosted by Academic Advising. The event consisted of games, raffles and a chance for students to network with advisors.
The club meets once a week inside a classroom, but hopes in the future to create a transfer center where transfers can get help or socialize with others.
“Most transfer students come to campus, go to class and then leave,” Smith said. “And we would do that at our junior colleges too. We want to have a place for people to feel welcome, network and just make friends from all different majors.”