The Semester of Struggle: Male Junior College Transfer Student-Athletes’ Experiences

Jonathan Burgess – University of South Florida
Jesus Cisneros – University of Texas at El Paso


This study employed Schlossberg’s Transition Theory as a lens for understanding how seven male transfer student-athletes experienced the transition from junior college to an NCAA Division I institution. The results of this study include the following themes: motivations, transfer preparation, the semester of struggle, adjusting to a new environment, and identifying new support structures. Taking stock of their coping resources (e.g., support, situation, self, and strategies) played a key role in participants’ successful transition. This study raises implications for research and practice.