USF Transfer Finds Solace At Nevada

Audio and photography by Jacey Gonzalez of The Reynold’s School of Journalism.

Kelly Scharrenberg knew she wanted to transfer schools halfway through her first semester of college. The University of San Francisco, a well known school, was not providing the right environment for Scharrenberg. After browsing around for the perfect fit, Scharrenberg now calls The University of Nevada, her home.

Scharrenberg’s dorm room is decorated with name tags that her RA constructs for residents. Since the beginning of the spring semester, Scharrenberg hasn’t had a roommate. Room 403 is solely hers.

Kelly Scharrenberg knew since the fall of 2015 that she would be transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno. Her current university, University of San Francisco, was not appealing to her anymore and she didn’t have the academic drive she once had in high school. Scharrenberg decided to stay at USF her entire freshman year, but amongst distractions and the on-the-go lifestyle of the Bay Area, she dug herself a hole in regards to academia.

Since transferring to Nevada, Scharrenberg has made copious efforts to focus on academics. She enjoys studying in her dorm room and Nevada’s state of the art, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

Once Scharrenberg transferred to Nevada, her grades and GPA have slowly been on the mend. Since her first two semesters of college, Scharrenberg has made extreme efforts to save her GPA. Since transferring to Nevada, Scharrenberg’s GPA has increased significantly and she credits her success to the education based environment that Nevada encompasses. She feels more open to focusing on her education because her peers are also doing the same.

Scharrenberg has more space in her dorm room closet since her roommate moved out. She enjoys the fact that living on campus has made all of her classes easily accessible. She sometimes feels left out when her friends go home because none of them live on campus.

Under the recommendation of her parents, Scharrenberg is living on campus in the dorms this year. She feels like she gets a second shot at a proper first year of college. She is currently living in a dorm that is a mix of freshman and sophomore students and enjoys having experience to share with others. She enjoys that freshman students will open up to her about her problems and that she gets to give them insightful advice on how to manage.

Scharrenberg enjoys taking the time to focus on herself. She feels like she is no longer moving at “a million miles a minute” and is able to focus on the things that truly make her happy.

Scharrenberg enjoys living on campus even though there are so many rules and regulations. She is grateful that her friends can come visit her and she can visit them. Scharrenberg thinks that living on campus when you don’t have a car is crucial. She feels that everything is easily accessible and being in a constant learning environment helps you strive to be a better student.

Scharrenberg’s dorm room desk is minimalistic. She has mementos from home and pictures of her loved ones. She feels like she can focus better when there are less distractions in her environment.

Scharrenberg knows that transferring schools is a big step for any young adult to make. She urges students to have an open mind when wanting to transfer. She says that giving your current school a fair chance is important as well. Scharrenberg recognized that she was generally unhappy in her environment and wanted a change.

Scharrenberg reflects on her friends and family. The cork board is a mix of her friends from USF and her new friends at Nevada.

Scharrenberg says that she kept her options open when looking to transfer. She wanted to make sure that she would be happy wherever she moved. The San Jose native did not think she would find a home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but as soon as she stepped on to Nevada’s campus, she knew this was the place she needed to be. Scharrenberg hopes that her story about transferring schools can help other students who are unhappy in their environment.

Kelly Scharrenberg wears her Nevada gear with pride. Nevada has given her a second chance at fulfilling the college experience she always wanted.

Jacey Gonzalez For The Reynold’s School of Journalism

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