Clemson, SCOn a February night in Aiken,  Anna Mink received a letter from Clemson University. The hope of spending the next four years in Tiger Town quickly faded as she reached for the small white envelope in place of the signature orange and purple one.

The initial disappointment set in. “I half expected I wasn’t going to get in, but there was always that ounce of hope,” Mink said.

Anna Mink

Anna Mink kept her Clemson CAFLS dreams alive.

Mink allowed herself a few moments to be upset, then took a deep breath and returned to reality. She wasn’t going to let a minor setback deter her from her goal.

“I reminded myself there is always more than one way to get to the other side of a mountain,” Mink said.

That kind of positive outlook mixed with faith and perspective allowed Mink to achieve her dream of attending Clemson University, just a year later.

Mink attended Piedmont Technical College for a year before transferring into Clemson. She looks back at her time there with gratitude, as it helped her identify her strengths, weaknesses, and study habits. Her time at Piedmont Tech was not time wasted, but rather an opportunity to become the best student she could before heading to Clemson. She took advantage of the courses offered and made the best of her situation before receiving her acceptance into the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS).

“The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences has the highest yield of transfer students across Clemson University, which in total has seen a 23% increase in transfer enrollment over the last 5 years,” said Katie Black, director of student recruitment.

CAFLS is unique in that it offers a way for transfer students to request a transfer plan simply by filling out a quick form. An advisor will then create a personalized plan for each transfer student based on the courses they took at their previous institute and their desired major at Clemson.

Anna is now happily at Clemson studying agricultural education, and has recently begun her student teaching. She is actively involved on campus and tries to take advantage of every opportunity she is presented with.

“I feel like I have a special appreciation for Clemson, because I originally did not get in. It is almost sweeter being here now because I know I really had to work to get here,” Mink said.

Anna hopes to teach agriculture to high school students upon graduation.

When asked if she had any advice for other students who weren’t accepted on their first try, she said, “Don’t give up and keep trying. There is always more than one way to do something.”

For more information about transferring to the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences visit the Clemson CAFLS website: