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Programs


TSP hosts a number of programs for transfer students that help ease the transition to the College Station campus and the surrounding community.

TSP Programs

Tau Sigma is prestigious national honor society designed exclusively for transfer students. Their mission is to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfers students."  Tau Sigma provides its members opportunities to network, develop friendships, earn scholarships and attend conferences, as well as take leadership positions and serve others at the university and in the community.
 

Membership

To receive an invitation to join Tau Sigma, you must be registered in a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University for an amount of work equal to an average full load (usually 12 to 15 hours).  Membership in the Organization is based upon superior academic achievement by transfer students during their first term in the institution to which they transfer (only credit hours that count toward a bachelor's degree can be used to determine Tau Sigma eligibility). The minimum academic average required for membership is 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

The Transfer Service Project connects transfer students with volunteer opportunities in the Bryan/College Station community with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Twin City Mission. Off-campus volunteer opportunities can give you a sense of purpose, increase your feeling of belonging, enable you to make a difference in the community, and help you develop leadership skills. 

TSP Volunteer Partners 

Habit for Humanity

  • Supported by volunteer labor and donations
  • Homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others
  • Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans
  • Homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses

Twin City Mission

  • Provides a home for the homeless, a friend to the friendless, and gives hope to the hopeless 
  • Builds a foundation of support for those in need through:
    • Shelter
    • Meals
    • Clothing
    • Household Items 

Meals on Wheels 

  • Supports seniors to help them live healthy and well-nourished lives in their own homes 
  • Keeps a watchful eye on the health and safety of seniors 
  • Provides a special delivery of a hot meal and a warm smile, something which people can look forward to every day.

Why volunteer: (according to Texas A&M Career Center)

  • Volunteer work and community service are both excellent ways for students to gain some experience in career fields in which they are interested. Some organizations are not able to hire interns or part-time staff and, therefore, they use volunteers to perform many important tasks. 
  • Volunteer opportunities and community service will impress future employers and help to develop contacts in your Aggie’s area of career interest.

Develop and increase:  (adapted from Brookhaven College)

  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Teaching skills
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Acquire experiences you can use on your rèsumè and add to your scholarship and financial aid applications

Guidelines

  • Be respectful when participating in the program
  • Dress appropriately
  • Do not participate in anything you feel uncomfortable doing
  • Have FUN! 

How to Volunteer

TSP will send out an email asking for volunteers to sign up electronically through an RSVP at the beginning of each month. Volunteer once or as often as you wish during that month, but be aware that volunteer opportunities are limited and are assigned on a first come-first served basis.

You are always welcome to contact us at any time to ask about volunteer opportunities! To inquire about volunteer opportunities with TSP email tsp@tamu.edu or call 979-458-4900

The Transfer Student Program offers an English Conversation Program where incoming international undergraduate transfer students can practice conversing in English. This gives international transfer students a chance to improve their everyday speaking skills in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Students are free to discuss anything they like are encouraged to ask questions about the English language, such as the meaning of slang or how to communicate with a professor. 

"Let's Talk" sessions are by appointment only. Appointments last 50 minutes and are limited to two (2) per week. 

Make an appointment for "Let's Talk" online.


The University Writing Center has compiled a list of useful English language resources.  You can also make a conversation appointment with a University Writing Center consultant. 

The Transfer Student Program hosts weekly games throughout the semester to get you acclimated to campus quickly, learn fun facts and traditions and allows you to meet us. By participating in these games, students can win prizes from  many local businesses including Pei Wei, Firehouse subs, Caine's Chicken Fingers, and the list goes on!

To be eligible to participate students must be a first semester transfer student and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (where we post the rules).