Hiram College

Transferring to Hiram: RJ's Story

Third-year nursing student Muhamad R. Jusran “RJ” transferred from California State University, Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. to Hiram in fall 2016. The move turned out to be “just what the future nurse ordered.”  Hiram’s distraction-free surroundings complement the demands of Hiram’s rigorous nursing program, says RJ.

“It works well with my major. I have to live, breath and eat nursing 24/7. Here, I’m able to keep focused on that,” he says.

The self-described “city guy” who moved from Southern California to rural Ohio says he initially felt like a fish out of water at Hiram. That quickly faded, however, as the College’s friendly ethos took over.

“You can’t go a day without someone saying, ‘Hey, how ya doing?’ What I like most about Hiram is throughout the entire college everyone knows each other because it’s such a small school where people go out of their way to help you,” he says.

RJ describes Hiram’s professors as mentors who help guide students through academic and personal challenges. “There’s a lot of one-to-one interaction between students and professors. They do a good job of helping quiet students speak out,” RJ says.

Used to the typical 15-week semester, RJ admits that he was concerned about Hiram’s 12+3 semester. How would he manage through 15 weeks of coursework in a 12-week period? How would he fare with one intensive three-week class?

“All of the sudden, I’m taking finals before Thanksgiving,” says RJ, describing the thrill of having most of a semester behind him. “Then, I return to just one class and I’m done.”

Thinking about transferring to Hiram? Learn how your current credits will transfer over.