Looking for a more challenging major was part of Adam Haywood’s motivation to transfer from his original college.
“At Morehouse College, I was a psych major. I really enjoyed that, but realized that it didn’t have as much potential as I was looking for. I really like the hands-on aspect of civil engineering
. You work out in the world and it’s very team oriented. It was a natural choice for me.”
In spite of the changes involved, Adam found the transfer process to be easy. He says, “I’ve had a great experience as a transfer student."
“The administrative side wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be,” he said. “It was really easy – easy and friendly. The counselors took a look at everything and made it all simple.”
Adam had a lot of confidence in choosing UMass Lowell. “I had taken a calculus class here the summer before I transferred and I really enjoyed the teacher. I had heard from people who thought the school was great. My uncle works for an architectural firm and he thought it was a good choice for me.”
That initial interaction with faculty has been replicated in other classes.
“The best thing about this place is the teachers – they are always helpful, and willing to spend extra time with you. They definitely take in what you say and listen to you.”
“I like the campus. As many people as there are here, I see a lot of familiar faces every day. I wouldn’t believe there are 16,000 students. It feels a lot smaller than that.”
Adam’s advice about fitting into the campus is to join groups. “That’s the way to make the transfer process less scary.”
The first group Adam joined was the rugby team. “I’d never played before but it looked like a lot of fun.” He says it is fun – he’s been a star on the team since he got here.