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Hey, It’s Logan! I am currently a sophomore at State College of Florida. I have changed my major multiple times and just recently decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In order for that to be possible, though, I must take the three pre-requisite classes to be consider considered for admittance in to the Elementary Education program at the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee. I am currently enrolled in two of the pre-requisite classes. However, I have been wondering if it would be possible for me to transfer to USFSM and take my final pre-requisite course there during the fall term. When the opportunity presented itself to speak with the advisors as part of our assignment, I was extremely grateful to ask them my questions and hear their response.
I asked the USF advisors if it would be possible for me to transfer to USFSM and take my final pre-requisite class while simultaneously taking other elementary education courses. I waited about a week for my response; finally, Greg O’Connor replied to my web post. He was helpful, but, unfortunately, not as helpful as I was hoping. He said, “I can't give a definite answer for Sarasota-Manatee, but I can say that in the case of Elementary Education at Tampa, we generally expect students to finish all prerequisite requirements before entering into the upper level.” Pretty much, this means that I will need to finish my final pre-requisite course before transferring. He encouraged me to reach out to the advisors at USF Sarasota-Manatee to obtain more information regarding my question.
Mr. O’Connor was very kind; I appreciate him taking the time to respond to my post and answering the question I proposed. After reading his response and doing more research on the USF Sarasota- Manatee website, I have decided to enroll in the final pre-requisite course during the summer term at State College of Florida and then transfer to USF Sarasota-Manatee in the Fall. I believe that will be best for me because I will save money by taking the course at a state college rather a university. Also, I will be able to enter USFSM and begin taking upper level education courses immediately. Now that I have gotten that figured out, it has brought me propose a few more questions. How long will it take me obtain my bachelor’s degree once I get to USFSM? Which upper level education courses will I enroll in during my first semester? And when do I begin searching for internships?