Photographs of Mary Olenick
By Samantha Rathbun
As students at a two-year community college, Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) students often find themselves face to face with the transfer process in order to further their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree in their designated major. One of the major problems with this is that many students do not know all the information regarding the process of transferring to a four-year school.
When it comes time for a student to start this transfer process, they should know who to contact. Mary Olenick, the coordinator of transfer and articulation here on campus, is the woman who can ease all the anxiety of the transfer process.
“If students come here and they don’t have a clue, but know they want to transfer, then it’s good to come in and have a conversation with me during their first semester,” said Olenick. “That’s what I’m here for.”
Olenick connects with all different types of students and helps them accomplish what they wish when it becomes time to transfer. One of the things that she stressed the most is that every case is different, depending on the student.
“Every conversation that happens in this office is an individual conversation depending on what they want to study, where they want to go and what their grades are,” said Olenick.
The transfer process can be a daunting one for any student because it is a huge life choice to make. Many different factors must go into that decision and every student values things differently in a new school.
“The student has to decide what they are going to study, then they have to narrow down the schools they might want to go to,” said Olenick. “And then they would need to go to those college websites to look up the transfer admissions process and what they are required to submit.”
Most schools have certain requirements for their transfers, but most depend on what the student’s major or education track is. For example, if a student wishes to gain a higher education in Biology, they should look at the requirements on the website of the colleges that they wish to transfer to.
4Cs student Samuel Agger admitted that he, as a student, really didn’t know much about the transfer process at all.
“I have no idea how the transfer process works,” said Agger. “I assume you fill out some papers and people approve it based on qualifications. I know who Mary Olenick is, but I usually [move] her transfer emails right into the spam folder.”
Students need to start reading the emails that are being sent to them from faculty on campus. Most of them have important information that can help solve a wide range of student problems.
4Cs student Jacqueline Ramsay plans to go into nursing and she spoke out about her recent meeting with Mary Olenick.
“I have spoken with her and it was very helpful,” Ramsay said. “Basically, she is an advisor who helps students transfer to another college.”
Students can start the transfer process by logging onto their computer and going to http://www.capecod.edu/web/transfer where they will not only be able to view more information about the process, but also a list of schools that 4Cs students can transfer to. Students can also contact Olenick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.