Q&A with Izzy Fischer ‘18
Silver Creek High School
political science major, business minor
Why did you decide to transfer to Skidmore?
I visited Skidmore my senior year of high school and knew it was where I wanted to be. I had fallen in love with the culture—not only the welcoming student body, but the beautiful campus, the professors’ commitment to an individualized academic experience, and the emphasis on creative thought across the curricula. But at the last minute, I chickened out on flying across the country. This decision is one that I regret often. I should have gone with my gut!
What does Skidmore offer you that your previous college did not?
Skidmore offers even more than I thought it would when I first fell in love with it. Academically, I am able to participate in paid research and independent studies with a professor with whom I developed a very close relationship during my first semester on campus. I’ve had an opportunity to assume leadership positions because faculty trust me.
Socially, I am not part of any "clique," which is rare for a lot of schools. I have friends in almost every circle—arts, math, sports, music, student government, tour-guiding, international students, residential life, and so many others. Walking across campus surrounded by my multiple families is unbeatable. This social comfort makes Skidmore feel like my home.
What advice do you have for others considering transferring to Skidmore?
First of all, go with what you feel is right. If you think that transferring is something that you need to do for you, do it. Chances are it will be the best decision you will ever make. Life is short. Why not go for it?
Second, it’s helpful to make a pros and cons list aligned with your personal values. What aligns with them at your current school? What doesn't? What do you think will fit better at Skidmore? What won't? Ask a million questions, be honest with yourself, and trust your gut.
Are you glad you transferred?
Transferring is the best decision I've made. Not only did it force me to grow as a person and allow me to find who I truly was, but it gave me a sense of independence that I never thought I had. Without a welcoming and wonderful environment, I would have never become the person I am today. Skidmore has been a dream come true.
What's the best part of Skidmore so far?
Besides the amazing friends I have made during my time at Skidmore, the best part has to be the professor-student relationships that I have made. The faculty I have had at Skidmore are my mentors. Each and every one of them has shown a commitment to students and their success. I would not have had nearly as many of the opportunities if it weren't for the professors. I believe that is something very unique to Skidmore and absolutely necessary for a college experience.
What are your future hopes/plans?
Thanks to a member of the Political Science Department faculty, I have found my true passion—politics! In the next two years at Skidmore, I hope to become well-versed in political analytics and campaigns, intern in the political data sector the summer before my senior year, and then join the campaign trail when I graduate.