Transfer Student Peer Advisors

Congrats and welcome to U.Va.! My name is Devy Agarwal and I am rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Economics. I am from Northern Virginia and have found U.Va. to be a wonderful home. I have gotten to be involved in Asha for Education, Smart Women Securities, and am a sister of Gamma Phi Beta. My time at U.Va. will be drawing to an end, but I want to make the most of it and meet all the new Transfers!

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Congratulations! You made it. My name is Rawan Al Najafi. I am a rising fourth year majoring in biology and minoring in middle eastern studies. The very first thing you'll notice about me is my obsession for cats; I am someone who "meows" at the most random and awkward times . I am not going to lie to you, but it took me a little bit of time to find my true self at U.Va.. But if I can guarantee one thing, and one thing only, is that you will develop unconditional love for this amazing school. I very much enjoy being a member the Middle Eastern Leadership Program, Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine, and Arab Student Organization. I also enjoy volunteering at The Adult Learning Center here in Charlottesville. There's nothing in this world that I love doing more than building a connection with other students. I love giving advice. Cheering people up is my specialty. If there's anything you need, you can always contact me. You can always count on me.

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Hey guys! My name is John Allaire. I am a rising third year here at U.Va.. I am an economics major, and I transferred from Boston College. Here at U.Va., I am a member of the ski team, and I am involved in GED tutoring through Madison House. I love golf, all Boston Sports, and talking politics. Transferring to U.Va. was one of the best decisions I ever made. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you make the transition. Congrats on your acceptance decision to be a Wahoo.

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Hi guys! My name is Leslie Antell, and I am a rising fourth year student in the College studying Art History. I transferred to U.Va. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, but I am from Connecticut in a suburb of New York City! I really love Charlottesville and know you guys will too. Going on hikes, hanging out on the lawn, and exploring new places to eat are all some of my favorite things to do while I’m at school. I hope I can make you as excited about U.Va. as I was when I first arrived on grounds, and help you along the way by answering any questions or concerns you might have! Even if you don’t have an academic question, and want to just go get food or hang out, I am here for you! I cant wait to meet you all, but until then, congratulations and wahoowa!!

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Welcome Transfer Students!!! First off, Congrats!!! It must feel great to finally be a Wahoo! Second, hi! My name is Gabrielle Boissoneau, and I am a rising second year studying Psychology and Religious Studies. Although I am not a transfer student myself, it sometimes feels as though I am, coming all the way from Cape Cod Massachusetts. I know right now you must be feeling a mixture of excitement, nervousness, and pride—and that’s completely normal! U.Va. is a great place to be, and I am happy here at my second home. Through my involvement with Madison House, VISAs, Sustained Dialogue, and Intramural Sports, I have been able to find where I fit into the community, and I cannot wait to help you do the same! I am excited to get to know you and help you adjust to university life. I think you have made an awesome decision, and I can’t wait to be apart of your experience here in at dear ol’ U.Va.!

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Hello fellow Wahoos! Welcome to U.Va. and congratulations on your acceptance. My name is Claire Brehm, and I am a rising fourth year with a double major in Speech Pathology and Spanish. I attended the University of South Carolina for my first year of college and am from Atlanta, GA. At USC I was in the School of Business, so I have experience with drastically changing my major and not knowing what on earth I would be doing for a whole year. There are many opportunities with organizations and clubs on and off grounds. I am the manager of the Varsity Swim and Dive team, have been involved with Greek life, and am currently involved with Madison House. Feel free to add me on Facebook or email me with any questions or hesitations. I am very excited to meet y’all and help you start this new chapter of your life!

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Welcome to the University of Virginia and congratulations on choosing to become a  Wahoo!  My name is Collin Campbell and I am a rising fourth year in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. I grew up in Roxboro, North Carolina and transferred from Penn State.  Being a transfer student seemed intimidating at first but once I got on grounds, I found there were tons of like-minded people who wanted to meet and become friends with me! I’m confident that the community here at Virginia will welcome y’all in the same manner.  Outside of being a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I am an Admissions Ambassador for Batten, External Committee member of Batten Undergraduate Council and a member of One in Four. I look forward to meeting y’all soon. Don’t hesitate to add me on Facebook or email me if you need anything at all! Go Hoos!

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Congratulations on your acceptance to U.Va.! You’re now a Wahoo! I am Nida Chaudhry and I’m a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology.  I transferred from George Mason University in the of Fall 2013 and I could not be happier. U.Va. has so much to offer from clubs and organizations and to all the unique classes offered. I am also involved in Madison House’s Medical Services, an active member of the Muslim Student Association, as well the Future Physician Assistant Society. I also work at VDOT Innovation and Research Council’s Library. I can’t wait to help you all with your transfer experience and making the transition into Grounds easy. U.Va. has so much to offer and I know you will study hard and make great memories! Welcome to U.Va. and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need anything! Go Hoos!

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YOU DID IT! Welcome home. My name is Stephanie Coffua, a rising fourth year student studying History here at U.Va.. I’m from the wild city of Philadelphia, and transferred from The George Washington University in D.C. in the fall of 2013. I’m currently studying abroad at Oxford University in the UK, so hopefully I’ll come back with a fake British accent, like Madonna. In addition to being a TSPA, I’m a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, Third Year Class Council, and the University Guide Service here on Grounds. Transferring can be a rather daunting time, but TSPA and I can’t wait to get you started off right here in Hooville. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to get to call home, so we should probably get a sandwich sometime around town. Or all the time. Email, text, inbox, or sky-write me if you have even the slightest of questions. I can’t wait to get to meet you! WAHOOWA!

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Let me be the first of many to welcome you to U.Va. and hopefully one of the first to welcome you home! My name is Dory DeWeese and I am a rising third-year from Reston, Virginia, majoring in Biochemistry and Mathematics. Last semester, I transferred from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I am lovin’ being a Wahoo! Here at U.Va. I have had the opportunity to make the most of my time at college - from hiding in the stacks in Alderman trying desperately to finish my math homework, to gallivanting around Charlottesville in my best friends car, stuffing our faces with Mellow Mushroom pizza. I am also member of Delta Gamma, a researcher in a biochemical research lab and a tutor for the Introductory Chemistry classes.  Transferring can be difficult, but just know that you’ve made an amazing decision coming to U.Va. and you have a task force of amazing people (including myself) to help you with your transition! Cannot wait to meet you and get excited! WAHOOWA!!!!!

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Hey! Welcome to U.Va. and congratulations on your acceptance! My name is Annie Dixon, and I am a rising third year majoring in Government, minoring in Global Studies in Education, and am in the Curry School’s Elementary Education program. I am from Falls Church, Virginia (NoVa) and transferred from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Fall 2014. I am so excited to meet you all and answer all the questions you may have. I remember being in your shoes and having an endless list of questions. Please feel free to email me with questions or add me on Faceboook anytime, even over the summer! Wahoowa!

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First off: CONGRATULATIONS, and welcome to U.Va.! If you’re anything like me, you’ve just made one of the best decisions of your life. My name is Elise Dixon and I am a rising 3rd year from Fair Haven, NJ. I transferred here from Boston University, so I know all about adjusting to drastic changes in your college atmosphere. I plan on majoring in Media Studies, and hope to go into a creative field like advertising after graduation. I definitely found my home here by getting super involved; I’m a current member of Students Helping Honduras, U.Va. Ceramics Club, and Delta Zeta sorority, to name a few of the things I do on grounds. There is so much to do here I am positive you’ll find something you fall in love with. Please don’t hesitate to email or add me on Facebook if you have any questions at all, or just want to chat! I can’t wait to be one of your Transfer Student Peer Advisors and meet you all in the Fall!!

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Hey everyone! My name is Jansen Foster. I am a rising third year in the College studying music, and I hail from good ol’ Charlottesville, VA (I can walk to my high school from Grounds… no joke). I transferred in Fall 2014 from Georgetown University, and it has by far been one of my best decisions—I love it here. I live in Brown Residential College and am involved in the University Salsa Club. Coming to a new school can be intimidating, but that’s why I’m here for you! Having been through the process myself, I can tell you that you will find no end to the clubs, societies, and organizations you can join once on Grounds, and there really is something for everyone! Also, as a local, I have endless suggestions for fun around Charlottesville. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Welcome to U.Va.!

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Welcome! You have made an incredible, life-changing decision to transfer to U.Va.; I have enjoyed my experience so much here and am excited to pass on that joy to help you to do the same! My name is Charlotte Freytag and I am a rising third-year from Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in Biology and Spanish. Upon coming to U.Va., I joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and this fall, I am looking forward to volunteering at U.Va.’s hospital. In my free time, I enjoy taking walks or long runs with friends, as well as sketching pencil drawings or reading a novel. Also, I’m always up for seeing a movie! There are many exciting, engaging, and open opportunities that the university offers for transfer students. These opportunities are perfect ways to meet and discover people with interests that are similar to yours! U.Va. has a welcoming community, so it’s quite easy to make friends with both transfer and non-transfer students. Feel free to contact me if you want to relax on the Lawn or grab lunch on the Corner to chat - Congratulations, and Wahoowa!

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Hi everyone, welcome to U.Va.!! My name is Genny Graham, I am an English major, and I am about to be a fourth year and, I guess, graduate?! Crazy to think about. Anyway, I hope you have a fabulous journey figuring out your courses, our Grounds, the Corner, and everything else that makes the University of Virginia great. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me—if I don’t know the answer I’ll find someone who does. I am Greek and a write for The Odyssey and have been involved in a number of things throughout my years at this beautiful place. There are definite challenges coming into such a unique campus a year later than most but none that is insurmountable. This is the BEST college and it is YOUR college. Get excited. Stay excited.

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Hi guys! I’m Lauren, a rising fourth-year from Ashburn, Virginia. After my first year I transferred from Virginia Commonwealth University and let me tell you, I couldn’t be happier to be a Wahoo! I’ve had a blast discovering the school and found my home in coffee shops, picnic blankets on the lawn and on the first floor of Clemons Library. I love local food, music and outdoor adventures! Since arriving on grounds I have become involved in Bridging the Gap through Madison House, led a trip to Ecuador with Alternative Spring Break, interned with the Peace Corps recruiter on grounds, and became a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Additionally, I look forward to leading another Alternative Spring Break trip next March and working at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (and J.Crew) in Charlottesville this summer. I am currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and am studying foreign affairs and history. Transferring is a big transition but never fear! I’ll be right by your side as you maneuver your way through classes, friends, and on-grounds organizations! I’m so excited you’re here and I can't wait to get to know you!

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Welcome! You’ve taken the big leap, and you couldn’t have chosen a better place to call your new home. My name is Katherine Gruneisen, a rising fourth year Commerce student concentrating in Finance and Marketing. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and transferred from Wake Forest in January 2014. Here on Grounds, I’m involved with Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and McIntire Ambassadors. On the weekends, I’m a huge fan of cozying up in a coffee shop off Grounds to work, and love to run trails and sketch in my free time. I remember all the anxiety that comes along with transferring and feeling like an “outsider” before arriving, but was so warmly welcomed into the U.Va. community by the students. I am confident that you will find the same. I’m here to help you in any way that I can— so please don’t hesitate to reach out! Congratulations, and Wahoowa!

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Welcome to U.Va.! You’ve made a great choice. My name is Claudia Heath and I’m a rising fourth year in the College. I’m from Charlotte, NC and transferred here from Davidson College. Charlottesville is an amazing place to call home, especially if you love hiking, running, climbing, fly-fishing, or any other outdoors shenanigans like I do! My main involvement on Grounds is Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. I’m also involved in Morven Garden, and the student radio station, WTJX. I major in Creative Writing and would absolutely recommend a class to anyone. Please please feel free to reach out to me—I’d love to grab coffee or meet up at any point. Finding your groove in a new place can be tough, but we're here to help! I can't wait to meet y’all next year!

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Hey! Congrats on being accepted into U.Va.. I'm Ty Kovacs, a rising third-year from Great Falls, VA studying Economics and History. I am a transfer student who previously attended the University of Texas. Transferring has been a great opportunity for me and I've been happy with my experiences here on Grounds. I am currently pledging for Phi Psi and am trying to become more involved with clubs like the Economics club here at U.Va.. Congrats again, I'm exited to meet you and I hope you have a smooth transition to U.Va..

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Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the University of Virginia! My name is Nick and my job is to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible with your transition into The University. I am from a distant and far away land called Charlottesville, VA. I am amazed I can even endure the long and treacherous 15 min car ride to go home! With all jokes aside, I could not be happier with my decision to not only transfer somewhere that is close to home, but transfer to such a prestigious institution such as U.Va..  As a local, I have experienced a lot of what Charlottesville has to offer. With that in mind I can promise you one thing: if I cant get bored during my 14 years of living here, then neither will you. Welcome to Mr. Jefferson’s Grounds!

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Hey y’all, welcome to U.Va.! First off, huge congrats on taking the first steps towards making U.Va. your new home. Transferring to a new school can seem overwhelming and has its challenges, but I am confident you’ll find your way in making U.Va. your own. My name is Robert Kuckhoff, and I am a rising 4th year economics major with a minor in psychology from Rome, Georgia. Before coming to U.Va., I attended University of Alabama for one year. Aside from being a transfer advisor, I am a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity. I know adapting to U.Va.’s culture can be a struggle, but looking back, I could not be happier with my decision to transfer. Feel free to email or call me day or night with any questions, concerns, or to discuss Hoos basketball.

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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Virginia and I am ecstatic that you chose to become a Wahoo! My name is Jordan Leary and I am a rising third year entering the Mcintire School of Commerce. I was born and raised in New York City and I transferred here from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. U.Va. has quickly become my new home away from home. As long as you’re open to trying some new things, I know that you will enjoy the same happiness that I do at this University! I am very dedicated to my academics at the University, but I always find time to get over to the fitness center or even out to the U.Va. golf course, which is one of many hidden gems on campus. I can’t wait to hear from you guys and am available to address any questions or concerns that may arise!

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Congratulations! My name is Rachel Lee and I’m a third-year from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I transferred from Malaysia and I can’t wait to hear your transfer story when we meet. I’m majoring in Economics and Psychology and really excited that you’re a Wahoo! On Grounds, I am involved in the University Programs Council, Sustained Dialogue, PAFN, Drama Arts Board, Madison House, and Sigma Delta Tau sorority. Whatever your quirks or idiosyncrasies are, you can find a niche at U.Va.. You can tailor your U.Va. experience to your personality and interests and I’d be honored to help you find your place in the community. Contact me if you have any questions or just want someone to have dinner with. (You can find me @rachellisticc) There’s never a dull moment here, so get ready! I can’t wait to get know you and welcome you to the U.Va. family! WAHOOWA!

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Congratulations and welcome to U.Va.! My name is Yiwen Liu, or just Evan. I am a rising fourth year majoring in Foreign Affairs. I transferred to U.Va. from Tidewater Community College in my third year. It was the best decision I have ever made. I absolutely love this university and the people I've met here. You can do so much here on grounds. My favorite things to do including exploring the grounds, hanging out with friends on the lawn, and my favorite of them all is cheering for our sports teams. If you are ever concerned with how well you can plug into this community, don't be, because you will always find people who are willing to make friends with you. I have participated/tried several organizations at U.Va., such as Virginia Venture Fund and International Relation Organization. Though it took me some time, I eventually find my way at U.Va.. In addition to being a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I am also going to become a leader for Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a branch of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, for the incoming year. If you ever need help with your major, courses, housing, or finding the right organizations, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to help as much as I can.

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So you got accepted to U.Va., huh? Congratulations! Welcome to grounds, fellow Hoos! My name is Ayah Manalastas and I’m a rising 4th year in the McIntire School of Commerce concentrating on Marketing & IT while pursuing the Business Analytics track. I’m from Centreville, VA and I transferred from NVCC Annandale. I’m originally from the Philippines and I’ve moved around quite a lot so I’m very familiar with the transfer student experience. I’ve been in your shoes but U.Va. is an amazing place and I know that you’ll love it here! I hope that as a TSPA, I’ll be able to help you make a successful and smooth transition to U.Va.. If you have any questions about anything at all (housing, McIntire, how to get involved, tours, or just to hang out, etc.) - don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all!

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Hey guys! Congratulations and welcome to U.Va.! My name is Beth Mangin, and I am a rising third-year student double majoring in Foreign Affairs and Biology with a minor in Russian Language and Literature. Choosing to attend this university was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I know you’ll think the same thing too. There are so many things to do both on-grounds and off-grounds, from attending a cappella concerts and basketball games to shopping on the downtown mall, so get excited! I personally volunteer with Madison House, and I am also really involved with Global Medical Training and Hoos for a Cure. I promise that there is really something for everyone at this school! I am really looking forward to meeting all of you so don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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Hey Hoos! My name is Morgan Morrell, and I am a rising fourth year pre-pharmacy biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I've had two great years as a Wahoo after transferring from Campbell University in North Carolina. I am so happy to be a student here and couldn’t have asked for a better transition into U.Va.. I found my place here by being involved in the transfer community, joining Greek life, and becoming a member of the pre-pharmacy club. That being said, I can’t wait to help y’all with your transfer experience. The university is full of friendly people with diverse interests, making it really easy to find your niche and get involved. You’re about to study your butt off while having the best time of your life, and I guarantee you'll love every minute of it! I’ll be at home in Chesapeake, Virginia this summer, taking some classes, applying to pharmacy school, and freaking out about graduating in a year and hopefully making it to the beach somewhere in between! I can't wait to spend my fourth year helping yal have the best year in yet! Congratulations on your acceptance and feel free to contact me anytime!

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WAHOOWA! Welcome to the University of Virginia! You’ve made an awesome decision and there are so many people who can’t wait to help you make Charlottesville home. I transferred to U.Va. after a year at Virginia Tech (…go Hokies?!). I am a rising third year studying Government and Youth and Social Innovation in the Curry School and I’m involved in Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law and Chi Alpha. I love Virginia Basketball, coffee, and when time allows for it… I also run, ride horses, and read. Transferring was definitely a challenging experience for me but I’ve learned to embrace the people, opportunities, and support that this community offers. So, I am absolutely equipped and excited to help you make this transition easier! I look so forward to meeting you all, and again—welcome to the University!

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Congratulations on your acceptance to The University of Virginia! You’re officially a HOO! You should be very proud of your accomplishments, and we are so happy to have you. My name is Alyssa, I’m a rising third-year, and I transferred from The University of San Diego after my first year. I am double-majoring in Biology and English, a Resident Advisor and Madison House Volunteer. I couldn’t be happier with my decision because of the endless possibilities to thrive at this institution. Being a transfer isn’t easy- but you possess a unique perspective that you can use to your advantage as you integrate and immerse yourself into the wonderful culture of U.Va.. Originally being a from the West Coast, I really enjoy yoga and meditation. I also enjoy dancing and trying new restaurants. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me; I am more than eager to answer any questions you might have, calm your anxieties, clarify information, take you on a tour, or anything else to benefit you and your transferring experience. Let’s grab coffee or lunch. Again, congrats and welcome!

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Welcome to the University of Virginia! My name is Andrew Norton, and I am a rising fourth year Computer Science major in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. I transferred here last fall from Virginia Western Community College after recieving an A.S. in Engineering. You are certainly going to enjoy your time here at U.Va.--we have awesome professors and great student activities. In the fall, I had a blast participating on one of U.Va.'s Intercollegiate Programming Competition teams; if you like to program, I highly recommend it. Outside of major-related activities, I'm involved in RUF and enjoy listening to musical performances at Old Cabell Hall. I can't wait to meet all of you, and look forward to answering any and all questions that you may have.

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Welcome to U.Va.!!! My name is Erin and I’m a rising third year in the McIntire School of Commerce. I also love Art History and I am spending May-Term studying marketing in France and Italy. I am originally from Falls Church, VA but I transferred to U.Va. from Middlebury College in Vermont. Around grounds I am involved with the Student Docents at the Fralin Museum of Art, Women’s Business Forum, Kiva Microfinance, and my sorority, Sigma Kappa. I love exploring all of the restaurants and coffee shops in Charlottesville during my free time, as well as running and playing golf. Please reach out to me with any questions you might have via Facebook or email- even if I don’t have an answer I can definitely find one for you! I am so excited to meet all of you and welcome you to Charlottesville! Go Hoos!

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Hey guys, congratulations on your acceptance to U.Va.!  My name is Michael Osgood, and I’m a rising 3rd year from Great Falls, VA.  I transferred here after my 1st year at Wake Forest University and am entering the McIntire School of Commerce in the fall.  Since getting to U.Va., I’ve gotten involved in Greek life, the McIntire Sales & Trading Group, and became an avid watcher of both South Park and Trailer Park Boys.  Please feel absolutely free to add and message me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, email me, or page me if you have questions about literally anything- or if you just want to hangout.  I’m always down to grab some food on the Corner or just hang out and chill.  See you guys in the fall!

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Hello all you wonderful transfers and welcome to Virginia! We’re oh so glad to have you. I’m Allie Piacenti, a rising third-year from the wonderful (yet far too far away) land of Chester, New Jersey. Having transferred to U.Va. in the fall of 2014 from the George Washington University, I can personally assure you to forget your qualms; you’ve made a stellar decision in taking a leap and transferring to one of the most academically challenging and beautiful universities in the country. U.Va. has so much to offer once you get to grounds. Personally, I’m a competitor on the university’s Mock Trial team, a Resident Advisor for first-years, and an editor for U.Va.’s chapter of Spoon University. I absolutely can’t wait to help each and every one of you see why we all love to be Hoos so much.

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‘Sup Fellow Transfers!! Congratulations and welcome to U.Va.! #transferlife My name is Charlie Pierson and I’m a rising 4th year English major in the College. I transferred in the Fall 2014 semester (good times!) from Lord Fairfax Community College. Since then, I have loved being a part of the Charlottesville community and being able to call U.Va. my home. As a transfer student myself, I get the excitement as well as the nerves that come with transferring. No worries though, I’m here to help! Seriously, feel free to Facebook friend me and email with any concerns. I’ve been through this process and can totally relate! Outside of reading, painting, dying my hair and living in Brown College, I am a member of the Washington Debate and Literary Society. I cannot wait to meet all of you and am looking forward to an awesome academic year! WAHOOWA.

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Congratulations on accepting your admission to the University of Virginia! My name is Ben Rasnick and I am a rising third year entering the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and transferred from Kenyon College where I played football. Like most transfers, I was intimidated coming in, but within a short period of time I met many fascinating people at the University, both transfers and non-transfers. I can say with complete confidence that no matter your interests, you will be able to find the right community for you here. Aside from being a TSPA I am a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in anyway that is most comfortable for you, whether it be Facebook, email or over the phone. I was in your shoes just a year ago, and now am here to make the transition as smooth as possible. Welcome to U.Va.!

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I was homeschooled until college. At age 18, I graduated from Piedmont Virginia Community College with my Associate’s Degree. My family and I spent the next six months studying yoga and nutrition in India. In the academic year of 2013-14, I worked as a full-time corps member for the AmeriCorps program, City Year, in Washington, DC. I taught in a third grade classroom and assisted in running the school’s afterschool program. After a year of watching hundreds of students reject “healthy” school food for “junk” food, I became acutely aware of the nutritional deficiencies that face lower echelons of our society. After developing a project to augment school lunch programs, I was selected to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Conference. After graduating from City Year, I came to the University of Virginia where I am finishing my undergraduate degree in Global Development Studies. I'm a member of Sustained Dialog and the coed honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi.

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Congratulations on your decision to transfer to U.Va.! My name is Ben Sanford and I am a rising third year from Oakton, Virginia studying to become an Economics major. I transferred from Southern Methodist University after my first year and believe coming here was the best decision I have ever made. I am involved in many things around grounds such as Madison House volunteering, intramural sports, and Relay for Life. In addition to that, I am also a brother in Sigma Chi and can point you in the right direction if you are trying to get involved in anything around U.Va.. The transition process can be a little stressful sometimes, but that is why I am here! If you ever have any questions concerning academics, social life, or anything, feel free to email or contact me whenever you want. I am always down to hang out or get lunch as well. I look forward to the upcoming year and I’m excited for you to experience this wonderful university!

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Welcome to Mr. Jefferson’s incredible University! My name is Nicole Schneiter and I’m a rising 4th year from Orlando, Florida. Although I love the sun and heat, Charlottesville has definitely become my second snowy home and I’m sure it’ll become yours as well! I’m an Environmental Science major with a minor in Global Sustainability. Around grounds you’ll likely see me supporting the Hoos at football games, promoting local food and farmers as well as other sustainability initiatives, or giving career workshops through University Career Services. I’m also involved in the Monroe Society and Green Dining, and keep a look out for me during the summer as one of your Orientation Leaders! There are so many great and interesting opportunities to be involved in on Grounds and even more in the wider Charlottesville community, so I encourage you to take advantage of all that these next few years have to offer! Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you have because I always appreciate a nice chat. Welcome to the Wahoo community!

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Welcome to University of Virginia! I am Lauren Scott and I hope I can be helpful to you as you come to be a part of this crazy wonderful place. I am from outside of Philadelphia and I am not actually a transfer myself, but have many friends undergoing the process so I have a decent idea of what the process is like, and I had a rough first year so could probably sympathize with any struggles you're having (so come talk to me!). I am in the A school here and that takes up most of my time and energy, but in my free time I like to go grab lunch at the Corner or sunbathe on Madbowl. My favorite thing on Grounds is salsa club, and I also love going to hot yoga in Charlottesville. I am so excited to welcome you to U.Va., and congrats on your acceptance! If you ever need anything let me know. I can't wait to hear about you as you make friends, develop weird stories and memories, and learn how lucky you are to be a Hoo.

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Oi! Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the University! My name is Yash and I’ll be trying my very best to help make your transition here as seamless as possible. I’m from the exotic and beautiful city of Mumbai, India, and I am now a rising third-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Physics. UVa has truly become a home away from home and despite not having spent my first year at the University, my friends and I feel like I’ve been around forever. It’s a great feeling. Being a transfer student can be intimidating at first because there is no “right way” to do it for everyone, given the diversity of our backgrounds. However, I think that I’ve done it right for myself and I trust that we can work together for you to do the same. Looking forward to hearing from y’all. Go Hoos.

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Hey, new Wahoos! Welcome to U.Va., and get excited for the next few years – you’ve made a great decision to come here. My name is Maddie Shiff and I transferred here from Tulane University in New Orleans. I’m a rising fourth year majoring in Global Public Health. In addition to being a Transfer Peer Advisor, I am involved with Mahogany Dance Troupe, U.Va.'s Center for Global Health, and Hoos for Refugees. I was also able to transfer sorority chapters, so I entered U.Va. with over a hundred new sisters in Chi Omega who were eager to welcome me into the U.Va. community. U.Va. has such a vibrant, spirited atmosphere and I can’t wait for you all to experience all that this amazing school has to offer. The transfer process can seem intimidating, but I’m here to make your transition smooth and enjoyable. Feel free to contact me at any time! WAHOOWA!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome my dear transfers to the wonderful place that is the University of Virginia! My name is Leslie Smith, I’m from Richmond, Virginia, and I am a rising Fourth Year majoring in English on the pre-law track. I transferred here after my freshman year at James Madison University, so I know what you must be feeling right now. Nervous, excited, scared, all of the above? Well I am here to help you through that! I am beyond excited to be among one of the first people to introduce you to U.Va.; get ready for the best years of your life in this little slice of heaven we call Charlottesville. When I’m not in class, you will most likely find me reading on the Lawn, grabbing Bodo’s on The Corner, or cheering on my Hoos at some sporting event (#HoosDontLose). I’m a summer Orientation Leader, so there is a good chance you’ll see me again at some point this summer! I am also involved with Student Council, work in the Admissions Office, and last semester I was on the Women’s Club Volleyball team. But enough about me, I cannot wait to meet all of you! Congratulations and welcome to U.Va.!

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Hi everyone! My name is Margo and I'm a fourth year history major and religious studies minor. I'm from Denver, CO but graduated from Langley High School in VA. I am a die hard Broncos fan and love traveling. Please please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns or thoughts or opinions! I'm always down to get coffee or lunch or just hang out on my porch swing. I don't know if transferring seems daunting to you or not yet, but it's harder than people think so please ask any questions no matter how insignificant you make think it is!!!!

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Hello fellow Wahoos! So happy for you and your decision to attend U.Va.! I'm Sydney Taylor and I'm a rising third year majoring in History in the College and Secondary Ed in the Curry School. I graduated from Charlottesville High School, but transferred from Rappahannock Community College due to a family move. I firmly believe you won't find anywhere better than Charlottesville. I'm so excited to help you explore not only all that U.Va. has to offer, but also this great city! I've enjoyed getting involved with the transfer community and have found some lifelong friends through this shared experience. The Curry school has been so welcoming and I enjoy spending my afternoons at the local middle school tutoring through Day in the Life. This transition isn't easy by any means, but I'm so excited to help make it as smooth as possible!

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Hi everyone! Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to U.Va.! My name is Victoria Turner and I am a rising fourth year majoring in Sociology and minoring in African American and African Studies. I am from Warrenton, Virginia and I transferred here after a year at George Mason University. I enjoy reading, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends. U.Va. has so much to offer its students and I hope you all grow to love it as much as I have! Feel free to contact me throughout the summer with any questions you may have! I can’t wait to meet and get to know all of you!

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Congratulations new friends! My name is Lizzie Wahle and I am a rising fourth year majoring in Media Studies and minoring in French. Just two years ago I was in your shoes when I transferred from Providence College to U.Va.! I am so grateful and happy to be here and I can't wait to make this school your new home, too. I have a job at a local restaurant, am a member of the Irish Dance Club, and spent six weeks this past summer in Lyon, France with an U.Va. program! Next semester I'm hoping to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. I love hanging in coffee shops downtown, hiking, and dancing while I walk (not kidding) around the prettiest school in existence. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; I can't wait to meet y'all. Welcome and go hoos!!

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Congratulations on being accepted into U.Va. and deciding to officially go here! For me, deciding to attend U.Va. was one of the best decisions of my life. My name is Heidi Wilder and I'm a graduate student in the Frank Batten School of Public Policy. I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland but spent the majority of my life attending a German-language school. I actually graduated from U.Va. in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Economics and Foreign Affairs. I originally transferred from the European University Viadrina. Don't worry, you've probably never heard of it. It's a small school located in Germany on the border to Poland. During my years here, I've been involved with various organizations, such as the Global Student Council, JMW Area Council, Brown College, CAINE, Madison House, the Washington Literary and Debating Society, and FCG Consulting Group. In my free time I enjoy baking, binge watching TV shows and movies, and getting into political debates. I recently have also taken up knitting. I'm so excited to meet all of you! I know everything will initially be very overwhelming, so please do not hesitate to ask me any questions along the way! Congratulations again!

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I'm Shawn Zamperini. I'm from Virginia Beach, I'm a third year Physics major and English minor, and I transferred from GMU after my first year. I wanted to do something new when I got to U.Va. so I joined the Club Quidditch team and love it. Outside of that I enjoy reading classic novels and playing with my overweight Daschund, Eve.

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Congrats and welcome to THE University of Virginia. My name is Stephen Zheng and I am a rising third year from Bridgewater, New Jersey. I’m tentatively majoring in Econ and Psychology or Commerce. I transferred from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after my first year looking for a tightly knit community and a more traditional college experience in beautiful Charlottesville. It was honestly the best decision of my life. Additionally, I’m a brother in Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and a volunteer with Madison House. Transferring is a major decision, but I assure you that you made the best decision by picking U.Va.. Although it takes some time adjusting to a new school, you will soon discover that U.Va. is truly the best place to be! If you have any questions regarding McIntire, business, clubs, housing, or anything else, feel free to contact me, or better yet, let’s grab a coffee and chill. WAHOOWA!

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