Erin Norris is a Senior majoring in Psychology.
I’m from the small town of Wetumpka, Alabama. My close-knit graduating class consisted of 35 people so when I chose my first college I was looking to stay small and inside my comfort zone. After one year at that university, I longed to challenge myself more and get out of my comfort zone. I had always liked Auburn but the idea of a large university intimidated me. Despite being nervous, my heart drew me to Auburn, and I’m so glad it did. It is larger than my last college but every day I’m amazed by the warm feeling of community Auburn gives. I initially worried about meeting people, but immediately found friends and study partners in each class and through a few organizations I participated in. Though I found the classes more difficult than at my previous school, I was able to plan out a study schedule based off of the syllabus given at the beginning of the semester and worked on projects farther ahead of time. There will be new challenges as there are with any change of scene, but as long as you plan ahead, get involved, give yourself time to adjust, and embrace the change you will make the most of your Auburn experience. By transferring to Auburn, I have found a family away from home and a deeper sense of pride in my education that I hope every transfer student also comes to know.