“It all happened really fast,” said Rachel Moneta, BSHMP’22.
After a year of taking classes at a commuter campus close to home in northwest Indiana, Moneta woke up one morning and decided to transfer to IU Bloomington.
“Watching all of my friends branch out on different campuses, I realized I was missing key parts of the college experience,” said Moneta. “I talked to my advisor and ended up applying to IU and sending my transcripts over that same day.”
Finding her major
Moneta arrived in Bloomington not knowing what she wanted to study. She had initially planned on becoming a nurse but realized she didn’t enjoy the clinical side of healthcare. On a whim, she wandered into the Walter Center for Career Achievement. An advisor there carefully listened to her explain her interests, then handed her Brett Reardon’s contact information.
Reardon is a senior academic advisor at the O’Neill School and specializes in working with transfer students. When he started to outline O’Neill’s Healthcare Management and Policy major, Moneta knew she’d found the right fit.
Although she worried that coming in as a transfer student might put her behind, Reardon was able to help her map out her goals. “I accomplished everything I wanted to,” said Moneta. “O’Neill was very flexible. [Reardon] always says he’s able to help people graduate when they want to as long as they pick their major by their junior year. I was nervous – but it all worked out.”
Finding her community
Moneta found the social aspect of transferring particularly stressful. On top of being worried about her academic progress, she was nervous that coming in a year behind meant that she’d struggle to break into established friend groups. However, she found that joining clubs like IU’s club gymnastics and frisbee teams were effective ways to meet new people.
She also found a tight-knit community at the O’Neill School. She met friends in her classes and through the Honors Program. She even joined a club for students from her new major.
“I loved being a part of the Healthcare Management and Policy student organization,” said Moneta. “We talked about issues and trends in the field – things like access to healthcare for uninsured individuals. I got a head start thinking about challenges I’ll be facing in the future as I enter the workforce.”
Moneta also appreciated the relationships she formed with her professors. “[They’re] not just here to teach,” she said. “They’re passionate about their fields and also about making sure we do well.”
Moneta met frequently with Prof. Mark Norrell, a former hospital administrator, about her professional plans. “He has hands-on experience in an area where I wanted to have a career, so he became a mentor – not just a professor.”
Finding her path
After graduating, Moneta started a job as a corporate recruiter at Wabash National in Lafayette, Ind.
“After you’ve been in school for years, it can be intimidating to think about moving into the workforce. O’Neill made that less scary by offering a lot of resources to help me transition,” said Moneta. Through the Career Hub, she got help preparing her resume, working on her interviewing skills, and clarifying her sense of professional direction.
She also credits her coursework for helping her develop a versatile skill set. “O’Neill prepared me with real life projects. I took a wide variety of courses, so I wasn’t just learning project management in general, but also finance, strategic planning, human resources – many different sides of my major.”
If you’ve recently transferred to IU or have questions about joining the O’Neill School, reach out to our advising staff today.