International Studies/Art History Major
Transfer from Suffolk County Community College
Meagan Gandolfo counts a summer 2011 study abroad trip to Florence, Italy, and community service among the high points of her Adelphi years.
After spending her first year at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she majored in fashion design, she transferred to Suffolk County Community College for a semester. She then opted to transfer to Adelphi because of its location, near her Bayport, New York, home, as well as its international studies program.
“Though Adelphi did not offer me the most financial aid,” she said, “they offered the most transfer credits out of all my other options.”
The current senior’s best decisions were living on campus and getting involved. “I would tell other transfers to get involved,” she said. “Getting involved was the way I made my friends and got to know so many people here. I’d suggest that students join a club which is very involved and hosts a lot of projects and activities.” Meagan belongs to the Circle K community service club, where her favorite project is to cook for the Ronald McDonald House.
As with participating in campus club activities, Meagan said that transfers should just take a chance and see what the study abroad program offers.
As for her plans after her expected May 2013 graduation, Meagan said she is uncertain about the future, but not anxious.
“I am currently not applying to graduate school because I’m not sure what I want to do yet,” she said. “After I graduate, I’ll just keep working and eventually I’ll figure it out. Before, when I was first transferring, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life and I was really insecure and stressed about that. My time at Adelphi, especially as a transfer student, has shown me that eventually things will fall into place if you keep trying to move forward.”