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Conquering the unknown: A transfer student’s path to success

Posted by on February 17, 2012

Sonya Berg

Sonya Berg (right), AU '12, and recent graduate Alicia Doty

The unknown can be nerve-wracking for some people, but for AU transfer student Sonya Berg, the next move in her academic pursuits was an exciting opportunity.

“I knew that my experience at a four-year college would be different than community college, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect,” said Berg, a senior English major and creative writing minor from Round Lake, Ill. “But I knew I was up for this new challenge.”

Berg’s time at the College of Lake County ended with an associate’s degree, and she wanted to continue the momentum by pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She found her next move at Aurora University while visiting friends who were current students. Berg sensed the “small college-feel” at AU would provide an easy transition with its student-faculty ratio of 15: 1 and small average class size of 23 students.

“Coming from a community college, I got used to being in smaller classes,” she said. “I loved that Aurora University offers the one-on-one teaching atmosphere.”

Not only was the campus environment inviting to Berg, but she also felt confident in her decision to transfer based on interactions with AU staff. Each year, about 40 percent of the AU incoming class is comprised of transfer students.

“The biggest help I received in the transferring process was from the Financial Aid Office,” she said. “I was so confused about loans and scholarships, and they made everything very clear and were able to answer all of my questions. Since starting school, I have found that all of the university staff are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.”

Now a full-time undergraduate student, Berg has taken advantage of all that AU has to offer, from interacting with expert faculty in the classroom to becoming involved in the campus community as editor of the literary magazine, Nolos.

Prospective transfer students are invited to visit campus and meet with an admission representative, faculty member or financial aid counselor. Call 630-844-5533 or email for more information.