At California Baptist University, the new school year brings three types of athletes: incoming freshman, returning players and transfers—each welcomed or welcomed back into the CBU family.
For the transfers, the transition is different from the other athletes because they have previously attended other schools with varying environments. They have to readjust to being a student-athlete after previously becoming comfortable with their routine.
While transferring brings its own set of trials it also provides its own set of benefits that many did not receive at their past school.
The men’s basketball team welcomes a transfer from the University of Hawaii this year.
Garret Jefferson, senior communication studies major, explained, “The transition to CBU has been a good one. I’m glad to be back in California, close to home where my family and parents will get to see me play more often, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
Before the school year begins, summer practices allow new athletes the opportunity to meet their new team before the season begins.
“I have met some of my teammates and I really enjoy the environment of the school so far. So all in all the transition has been a smooth one,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson was met by teammates who are familiar with CBU and also some familiar with the transition from other schools. Anthony Cosentino, senior psychology major, transferred to CBU last year from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, Calif.
Cosentino had a successful career at his previous school and has proved to be an asset to the Lancers as well; transferring to CBU has proved to be a positive decision for him.
“Well I transferred from a state school so it is definitely a lot different—from the size of the school to the type of people,” Cosentino said. “Sac State was a commuter school and everyone pretty much minded their own business. At CBU it’s more friendly and better support for the sports. The transition wasn’t too difficult just different.”
Cosentino and Jeffer-son start and continue their collegiate athletic careers at CBU this year in hopes of a winning season and overall enjoyable experience.
Although CBU is different from other universities they have previously attended, the transition for Cosentino and Jefferson was successful.