Transferring to a new school can be intimidating, but not for Stephanie Cardenas ’11. As a participant in Loyola Marymount University’s Adelante Scholars program, she felt that the transition process went smoothly.
“I was really scared because LMU was a new campus and I was not sure if I will be able to adapt, “said Cardenas, a junior business administration major. “Adelante made me feel welcome and connected me with other transfer students who shared the same excitement and fears about coming to a new university.”
In its first year, Adelante is a community-targeted learning program to assist Latino transfer students during their transition year. The program provides valuable information and resources about the university and access to a network of students going through the same experience. Adelante Scholars also receive guidance and support from staff members.
“The Adelante staff members are a really great group and always focused on helping us to succeed,” Cardenas said. “They’ll help me with essays or any questions I have, but most importantly they’ll listen, especially when I’m stressed out with school and different activities.”
Cardenas has had no trouble getting involved in many activities on and off campus. She is a member of the Latino Student Business Association, MEChA, a Latin dance club and Underwings, a service organization. She also coaches a girl’s lacrosse team at her former high school.
In addition to excelling in academics and extracurricular activities, Cardenas has built close relationships through the program. “I have met two of my closest friends. We not only see each other in class, but we hang out, volunteer together, participate in the same clubs and even study together in the library,” Cardenas said.
In fall 2010, Cardenas plans to study abroad in Beijing. She hopes to join the Peace Corps after graduation, and eventually run her own business.
“LMU has provided me with great resources that I have been able to grow from,” Cardenas said. “I’ve had an easy transition to the university and I’m glad to say that I am a Lion.”
Posted Jan. 19, 2010