Transfer Student Peer Advisors

Hello and congratulations on coming to UVA! I'm a double transfer from Pomona College and Northern Virginia Community College. I am an Economics major who loves film and photography. In my free time I like to eat food and hang out with my friends and family. I'm also a performer with Fuego, the best dance team at UVA! I cannot wait to meet all the new transfers next year; transfers are really special students and I've found some of my best friends within the UVA transfer community. Don't worry if you feel nervous for next semester-you have a wonderful team of TSPAs waiting to meet and support you. Welcome to Charlottesville!

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Welcome to UVA and congratulations on becoming a Wahoo! My name is Cepehr Alizadeh and I'm an Economics major from Arlington, Virginia. Right before the start of my Second Year, I transferred to the University of Virginia from Virginia Tech and could not be happier with the decision I have made. After transferring, I have truly realized what it is like to be part of a great and loving community. Although it is intimidating at first, you will realize that transferring is an exciting process where you will meet tons of new people. Besides being a part of TSPA, I am currently pledging Phi Kappa Psi. If you ever have any questions about anything, no matter if transfer-related, never hesitate to ask. Once again, congratulations!

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Welcome Transfer Students! I would like to congratulate you for getting into UVA. All your hard work has paid off! Go HOOS! My name is Grace Patrice Anyetei-Anum, a recent immigrant from Ghana and a transfer student from John Tyler Community College. I am a rising third year student majoring in Biology and Photography. I love to socialize and interact with people from different cultures. It is so amazing the amount of knowledge you can garner just by talking to someone from a different country, and trust me, there is someone from every country here at UVA! My favorite pastimes are watching Korean Dramas and listening to K. Pop. Yeap! You saw that right! I love the oppas! My first few weeks at UVA were certainly not easy. I had to rapidly adjust to the curriculum and make friends. Your first few weeks will not be easy, but it will certainly be worth it. You will sit down one day and laugh with your friends about how you got on the wrong bus! That's all for now. Bye! Can't wait to meet you!

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Congratulations, New Hoo! My name is Charis Armstrong, I'm from North Chesterfield, VA and a rising fourth-year in the Architecture School's Pre-Professional concentration. I transferred last Fall from John Tyler Community College having graduated with my A.S. General Studies. After braving all the complexities of the admissions process, I know you're just as relieved, nervous, and excited as I was when I just transferred. If you ever want to chat about anything, you'll be sure to find me at the "A-School," in the prettiest corner of Arts Grounds. No joke, you can come/call anytime and I'll probably be there. In my free-time, however, I'm active in student outreach and Architecture organizations like, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Outreach Student Admission Committee (OSAC), EcoReps, and National Organization of Minority Architects Students (NOMAS). I'd love to help you navigate the sea of student organizations to help you find a fit! WAHOOWA!

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Welcome all! Congratulations on getting in to the number one school in the world! (In my opinion). My name is Evan and I am double majoring in Economics and Mathematics, set to graduate in May of 2017. I grew up right here in Charlottesville, and it was a dream come true when I was accepted to UVA as a third year transfer student from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Please do not hesitate to ask me anything! As a "townie" I know a lot about the City of Charlottesville itself and would be happy to give any advice related to UVA or this beautiful city. I look forward to meeting all of you!

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Hey guys! My name is Cathreen and I'm a rising 3rd year from McLean, Virginia. I'm studying Foreign Affairs and minoring in French and Public Policy. Upgrading to UVA from Virginia Tech has been the best decision I've made so far in my college career, and I'm so happy to welcome all of you new Hoos! You can find me off grounds doing work at local coffee shops, exploring new hiking trails around Charlottesville, and hanging out on the Lawn in between classes. Transferring to a new school may seem a bit daunting at first, but trust me, UVA is the most welcoming community filled with the best people, programs, and activities. Don't worry about adjusting because there is definitely something for everyone here. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions and I look forward to meeting you in the Fall! Wahoowa!

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Hello! Welcome to UVA! My name is Casey Boatwright and I am a rising third year. I transferred here from Boston College but am originally from Fairfield, CT. (Shout out to all my New Englanders). I'm in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Cognitive Science and hoping to eventually go to PA school. Around grounds I am involved in ceramics club, outdoors club, and the student-run radio station, WXTJ, where I am a DJ. Charlottesville is such a beautiful town, which I am sure you will all come to realize in no time. If you love good food, beautiful hiking, and live music, then never fear, you are in the right place. My favorite place to eat around grounds is Bodo's, so if you are ever in the mood for a bagel or looking for someone to talk to, I will definitely be available! Go Hoos!

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Welcome Transfer Students!!! First off, Congrats!!! It must feel great to finally be a Wahoo! Second, hi! My name is Gaby Boissoneau, and I am a rising third 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! UVA is a great place to be, and I am happy here at my second home. Through my involvement with Madison House, the university Board of Elections, Sustained Dialogue, and Intramural Sports, I have been able to find my place in the UVA 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 at UVA!

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Hi guys and welcome to UVA! My name is Shaelea and I'm a rising third-year from Long Island, NY. I'm pursuing Media Studies with a minor in Anthropology. I transferred to U. Va. after spending a year at a super tiny school out west called Colorado College. At first I was nervous to make such a big change, but transferring was a much easier transition than I expected! Within a week I felt comfortable on Grounds and began falling in love with UVA Beyond becoming a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I am also involved in the WTJU radio station and Intervarsity. If you have any questions, or just want to get to know someone on Grounds, please feel free to email me! I'm sure you will love UVA and I can't wait to meet you all!

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What's up! Firstly, congrats on making the leap and deciding to come to UVA! You won't regret it. My name is Alex Cheung and I am a rising fourth-year double majoring in Biology and Studio Art. I hail from New Jersey and transferred in the fall of 2014 from The College of New Jersey. While transferring may seem intimidating (trust me, I remember how it felt), rest assured that UVA will welcome you with open arms. You will find your place here as long as you be yourself and keep a positive attitude. Personally, I am involved with streakingthelawn.com, The Student Hip-Hop Organization, and rADical. I do a lot of graphic design work in my free time, otherwise, you can catch me chilling outside or watching sports. I couldn't be happier to be at this great University and I know you'll feel the same way soon. Wahoowa!

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Congratulations and welcome to UVA!! You are one step closer to starting a new chapter of your life here in Charlottesville. I hope that you are just as excited as I was this time last year. My name is Courtney DeMane and I am a rising third-year from Norfolk, Virginia. I plan on majoring in Cognitive Psychology and I am a member of Delta Gamma. I transferred to UVA after my freshman year at James Madison University. Even though it is only 45 minutes over the mountain, transitioning was no easy feat. This past year has drastically shaped me into the person I am and I could not imagine that happening without the help of this University and all the friendships I have made. I am looking forward to helping each one of you find your home here at UVA like I have. Get ready for the time of your life! WAHOOWA!

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Let me be the first of many to welcome you to UVA and hopefully one of the first to welcome you home! My name is Dory DeWeese and I am a rising fourth-year from Reston, Virginia, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Astronomy. Last year, I transferred from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I am lovin' being a Wahoo! Here at UVA, 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 friend's car and stuffing our faces with Mellow Mushroom pizza. I am also member of Delta Gamma, a researcher in a pharmaceutical research lab, a member of One Less and an Organic Chemistry T.A. Transferring can be difficult, but just know that you've made an amazing decision coming to UVA 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, new Wahoo's! YOU MADE IT! Congratulations on being accepted into UVA. My name is Brianna DiSanza. I transferred here from Germanna Community College and am a rising third year majoring in Human Biology. In addition to being a TSPA, I am involved with AMSA, the Taekwondo Club, and the Pre-Health Organization. I'm also a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-med Honor Society and enjoy volunteering at The Virginia Discovery Museum here in Charlottesville. I'm not going to lie, my first semester at UVA was rough and it took me a long time to find myself. But I assure you that, when you do, you will be amazed at how much this incredible school has to offer. I know that transferring is a big step and can feel rather intimidating at times, but I'm here to make your transition smooth and enjoyable. There's nothing in this world I love more than helping people. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me at any time! WAHOOWA!!

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Hey! Welcome to UVA and congratulations on your acceptance! My name is Annie Dixon, and I am a rising fourth year majoring in Government in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am also in the Curry School of Education's 5-year Master's in Teaching Elementary Education program. I am from Falls Church, Virginia (NoVa) and transferred from the University of North Carolina at 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 concerns, or add me on Faceboook anytime, even over the summer! Wahoowa!

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I am so excited to welcome you to the University of Virginia! My name is Hannah Dogru and I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a rising third year English major. I transferred here from New York University, because I realized I wanted the traditional college experience. I could not be happier with my decision! Before starting in the fall, I was extremely nervous about the transition but I can honestly say that the students here are extremely diverse, and respecting of each other's differences. Please feel free to contact me whether it's through Facebook, email or by phone to talk or even just grab a bite to eat. I hope to see y'all in the fall!

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Congratulations and welcome to UVA! My name is Kareem El-Ghazawi. I'm a rising second-year. I transferred in the Fall of 2015 after spending one year at Northern Virginia Community College. I am currently enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences but am in the process of internally transferring to the School of Engineering, to pursue Biomedical Engineering. UVA has been a fun and rewarding experience for me thus far. It has opened up so many opportunities for me already, such as being a member of a student led research team through the Nano and Emerging Technologies Club (NExT for short). You will love being a part of this community and experiencing this wonderful environment. I look forward to meeting you and helping you have a wonderful transition!

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Hi guys! Congratulations and welcome to UVA! My name is Katie Fayen and I am a rising fourth year, majoring in Commerce and minoring in Sociology. I'm originally from northern New Jersey and I transferred from Providence College in the Fall of 2014. I am so grateful and happy to be here and I can't wait to share that excitement with you as you make the transition into your new home away from home. Since coming to UVA, I have gotten involved in Student Council, Virginia Ambassadors and my sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. I love hanging out on the lawn, trying new restaurants, cheering on the Hoos at basketball games, and exploring the Charlottesville community. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just want to hang out. I can't wait to meet y'all this fall. Welcome again and go hoos!

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Welcome to UVA! We're glad to have you here. My name is Joey Ferrugia and I am a rising third year pre-commerce/economics student. I was born in Atlanta and started my college career at the University of Georgia before deciding to transfer to UVA after my first year. While the transition to UVA was not seamless, I am very happy that I chose to uproot myself from UGA and take on a new life here in Charlottesville. As a transfer, you will soon find as I did that there is a place for everyone here at UVA. The countless clubs, organizations, and intellectual paths you will find offer endless opportunity for anyone; all you need to do is seek them out. I'm excited to get to know you and help you find your place here at UVA, so please feel to reach out to me at any time.

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Hey you! Welcome to UVA! My name is Treasure Diamond Fletcher. I am a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Sociology with a minor in African American and African Studies. I am from Virginia Beach where I earned my A.S. in Social Science before transferring to UVA. I have found transferring to UVA to be a process, but it has been a great experience and I am grateful for my time here. I hope that in my final year I can help all the transfers make UVA their home away from home. I cannot wait to meet you all! And again, Welcome to UVA!

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Hey everyone! My name is Jansen Foster. I am a rising fourth year in the College majoring in music and minoring in psychology. 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 am involved in the University Salsa Club, volunteer in a psychology lab, and am also a driver at UTS, so if you have questions about the buses, I'm your girl! New can be nerve-racking, but 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 UVA!

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Greetings! My name is Kendall Gibson and I am a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences! I transferred from Emerson College after taking a gap year and could not be happier at UVA. I am in UVA's only sketch and video comedy group, Hot Kids Comedy and am the director of comedy programming for University Programs Council! Welcome to UVA and I can't wait to meet you!

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Welcome home transfer Hoos! I'm so excited for you to begin the best years of your life at the University of Virginia. My name is Darby Hobbs and last year I was in your shoes as a transfer student. I was so nervous about everything but I am here to tell you that not only is everything going to be okay, but that you are going to love it at UVA! After attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for two years, I knew in my gut that it was not the right place for me and have never looked back. I'm already so proud of you for taking this courageous step to transfer and you should be so proud of yourself too. Even if you aren't my advisee please do not hesitate to reach out, I am here to answer any questions you have! WAHOOWA!!

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Hello it's me, Annabel Hungate! I'm a third year in the College studying Foreign Affairs, and I transferred here from South Carolina after my first year. Transferring is a lot less scary than I originally thought it would be, and I'm here to defeat your fears! There are so many fun and unique activities to join here at UVA that there will be something you like! I love old people so I first got involved by joining adopt-a-grandparent with Madison House. I then became an investigator for the University Judiciary Committee (Yay student self-governance!). When I'm not busy you'll find me napping or eating because they're my two favorite things. I can't wait to meet you guys and help you find your place here at UVA. Congratulations on choosing the best school ever! Welcome to Cville!

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Congrats on being accepted into UVA. My name is Tyler Kovacs, a rising fourth-year from Great Falls, VA, studying Economics and Entrepreneurship. 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 a member of Phi Psi, the Economics Club, and the IFC Judiciary Committee here at UVA. Congrats again, I'm excited to meet you and I hope you have a smooth transition to UVA.

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Congratulations! My name is Rachel Lee and I'm a fourth-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 English and am really excited that you're a Wahoo! On Grounds, I am involved in the University Programs Council, Sustained Dialogue, PAFN, and Greek life (and have an undying love for our basketball team). Whatever your quirks or idiosyncrasies are, you can find a niche at UVA. You can tailor your UVA 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 UVA family! WAHOOWA!

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Hello fellow Wahoos! My name is Lily Leigh. I am a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying psychology. I am a pre-dental student, so after I graduate I plan to go on to dental school. I transferred from Northern Virginia Community College, but I am originally from Austin, Texas. I am involved in Chi Alpha, Pre-dental Society, and the Madison house. I also work at a dental office in local Charlottesville. You are probably feeling nervous, excited, and anxious, but that is totally normal. I felt the same way, but I have truly grown to love this school and feel proud to represent UVA. I remember being in your shoes and unsure of how I would fit in, but I promise that you will find your niche. I look forward to being your TSPA and to accommodate your experience here at UVA. If you ever have any questions or want to talk, please do not hesitate to email, Facebook, or text me. Welcome to UVA!

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Hey , what's up hello! This is Aurora Lofton. Welcome to the University of Virginia transfers, YOU MADE IT. I am so excited to meet you all. I am a fourth-year studying Foreign Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am also a first-year at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy pursing my masters degree. Even though I am a fourth year, I may be the same age of a few of you all, I just turned twenty recently. I transferred from Northern Virginia Community College, and I absolutely loved my time at NOVA. I am involved in a plethora of clubs and organizations around Grounds that range from religious, political, and social. If there's anything you need, you can always contact me. I really want to do my best to make these next few years the best in your life! I hope that you guys are enjoying your summer, and once again – Congratulations!

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Congratulations on choosing to become a Hoo! My name is Zac Maslia and I'm a rising third year in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Born and raised in Atlanta, I spent my first studying Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. After deciding I needed a broader liberal-arts based education, I transferred to the University of Virginia. It was daunting at first leaving home and arriving at a school knowing only a few other students. However, after only having spent a semester on Grounds and meeting other Hoos, I felt exponentially better. Outside of being a TSPA, I am a member of the co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, involved with various Madison House programs and play in multiple intramurals. I was in your shoes just a year ago, so feel free to reach out to me through email, Facebook, or by phone if you have any questions or concerns!

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Hey y'all! My name is Cariné Megerian, and I am so excited to welcome you home to the University of Virginia! I am a rising third year and am hoping to major in Global Public Health or Sociology. I transferred from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, but I am from outside of Philadelphia! Since getting to UVA I have gotten involved with the Ceramics Club, Armenian Student Association, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and Global Medical Dental Brigades. Transferring to a new school is exciting and fun, but also overwhelming and nerve-wracking, which is why I'm here for anything you need – academic questions, tours of Grounds, someone to get lunch with, or even a ride to the store. Please feel free to reach out to me via email, text, Facebook, etc. with any questions or concerns. I can't wait to help you all transition and find your place here! WAHOOWA!

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What's up everyone! First and foremost, Congrats and welcome to UVA!! My name is JT Meyer. I am a rising third year and transferred to the University of Virginia last year from Kenyon College in Ohio. I am originally from McLean, Virginia and currently am studying public policy and economics. Outside of the classroom, I am a member of College Council, Club Lacrosse, Phi Kappa Psi, and Best Buddies, among other activities. I am extremely excited to meet you and look forward to helping make your time at UVA as great as mine has been. I am sure you are filled with a lot of excitement and apprehension, trust me I was too. However, I can assure you that after just a year I know that coming to UVA was the best decision I have ever made and I am confident you will quickly feel that way too! Feel free to text, email, call, or Facebook message me if you have any questions, comments, or just want to hang out. Once again I am excited to meet you and congrats on becoming Wahoos!

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Welcome to UVA! I'm just as excited as you are to have you here and I'm willing to bet you've been waiting for this moment with bated breath. I remember feeling the same way when I first arrived. Now that I'm a rising fourth year studying Economics and Social Entrepreneurship, I'm sad to say this will be my last year here. Although our time here is short, you will find it to be an incredible journey (with its own ups and downs) so I encourage you to hit the ground running as soon as you get here! Don't be afraid to explore and discover. Having some FOMO is ok, but don't get too distracted by the myriad of opportunities available here. Moderation and variety is key! I'm currently serving as the Transfer Student Representative and am very passionate about transfer student affairs so please don't hesitate to contact me with any comments and concerns. I always love meeting new transfers! I also love being a resource so let me know if you have any questions regarding housing, dining, and extra-curricular activities. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing and anything musically related. Again – very excited to meet you all and let's make your transfer process the best one possible!

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Welcome to UVA!!!!!!! My name is Bridget Moran and I am rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am from North Potomac, MD and transferred this past year from Providence College. I have absolutely LOVED my first year here at UVA and I know you will too! There is so much to get involved in on and off grounds and I hope to be a resource that can help you find your niche. I love hiking, live music, and enjoying the beauty that is Charlottesville so if you ever want to go to a concert downtown or hike Humpback, I'm your girl!! I am also involved in clubs on grounds like Lacrosse the Nations, Empowered by You, and Madison House. Transferring can seem overwhelming, but I assure you that the transfer community here is not only HUGE but welcomes you with open arms. I cannot wait to meet you all and GO HOOS!!!!!

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Congratulations on your acceptance to UVA! My name is Will Morgan and am from Richmond, Virginia. I am a rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology in hopes of becoming a Veterinarian. I transferred from Christopher Newport University and have had a great experience so far here at UVA. Along with being a TSPA, I am part of Pre-Vet Society, The Handball Club, Marine Science Society, and various intramural sports. It is always nervous and exciting when you make a change so make sure to take the time to experience UVA for all of the great opportunities it has to offer. Feel free to contact me at any point and I can't wait to meet all of you in the Fall!

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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 UVA after a year at Virginia Tech (...go Hokies?!). I am a rising fourth 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 and welcome to Mr. Jefferson's University! My name is Anneliese Musil and I am a rising 3rd year in the McIntire School of Commerce. I transferred from the sunny University of Miami in Florida, but home for me is Chicago, Illinois. Although transferring may seem daunting at times, I firmly believe that I made the best decision to be a student here at the University of Virginia. I feel very fortunate to go to a school where the students are incredibly talented and ambitious and the professors are exceptionally inspiring and helpful. As a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I am here to help you acclimate to a new university and hopefully become friends along the way! If you have any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small, please feel free to reach out to me over the summer and during the school year. I sincerely hope that you all will find a new home here and discover the many things that makes the University of Virginia so unique. Once again, congratulations!

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Welcome! I'm John Nossiff and I am a rising third year studying economics and minoring in entrepreneurship. I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and transferred from Boston College. Outside of being a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I play on the Club Hockey Team, am a member of the Virginia Consulting Group, and serve on the IFC Diversity and Outreach Committee. Most all of the TSPA's and I have gone through the transfer process, and we are excited to facilitate your entrance into this great university. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can, please add me on Facebook or email me if you need anything at all.

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Welcome to UVA! My name is Erin and I'm a rising fourth year in the McIntire School of Commerce. I am concentrating in Finance and Marketing and pursuing the Global Commerce Track. I am originally from Falls Church, VA but I transferred to UVA from Middlebury College in Vermont. Around grounds I am involved with the Student Docents at the Fralin Museum of Art, Consulting Group at McIntire, Kiva Microfinance, and Greek life. 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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Congratulations! Welcome to UVA!!! My name is Sierra Parks and I am rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Sociology. I am from Rochester, NY and glad to be away from the cold. I work at a biology lab conducting genotypes on mice and I also play Rugby. I cannot wait to meet all the new Transfers and help make the transition as easy as possible.

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Hi guys! Congratulations, and welcome to the University! My name is Frankie, and I transferred from George Washington University in D.C. I'm from Chester, New Jersey and I am a rising 3rd year majoring in Economics and History. I'm also on the school's Mock Trial team, one of the top-ranked programs in the country (shameless advertising for you to try out when you come). Please feel free to email me or friend me on Facebook with any questions, concerns or just to say hello; I'm always available to help out, and would love to get to know y'all better. I always study in Starbucks or the library, so I'd love to get a coffee and hang out anytime. Can't wait to meet you—Wahoowa!

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Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Virginia! My name is Isabella Pichardo, and I am a rising fourth year studying psychology. I transferred from Northern Virginia Community College, however I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. As soon as I arrived in Charlottesville I fell in love with the town and the beautiful grounds. UVA is the best place to find yourself and become inspired. You will be surrounded by passionate and dedicated students, will learn from the most inspiring professors, attend lectures that will take your breath away, and will walk around the most beautiful architecture, gardens and libraries! I can't wait to meet you all and become your first friend at UVA!

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Hey everybody! Congratulations and welcome to UVA! My name is Katie Prince and I'm a rising fourth year who transferred from Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2014. I'm majoring in Biology and Psychology, currently on the pre-med track, but still not completely sure of my future plans. On Grounds, I've gotten involved in Greek Life, Student Council, and multiple service orientated organizations including Madison House and Up Til Dawn. I won't lie and say that my transition to UVA was easy, but it was definitely worth it. If you have ANY questions about what either transferring or UVA is like, please do not hesitate to ask! I love meeting other transfers so if you ever want to grab lunch or coffee and talk about your transfer transition or just life in general, let me know! Good luck and I look forward to meeting you all!!

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Congratulations on accepting your admission to the University of Virginia! My name is Ben Rasnick and I am a rising fourth year in 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, Cavalier Capital 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 not so long ago, and now am here to make the transition as smooth as possible. Welcome to UVA!

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CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the University of Virginia, your new (hoo)me! My name is Tripti Rathi and I'm a rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences intending to study biology. I'm originally from the land of potatoes, I mean Idaho, but I transferred from the University of Utah in the fall of 2015. Fun stuff, I know! Transferring to UVA has been the one of the biggest and best changes I've made in my life, and I hope you'll feel the same way in your time here! On grounds, I'm involved in the residential council in my building, Phi Alpha Delta, Women's Leadership Development Program, Project Serve, and the knitting club. I'm also going to be a resident advisor in this upcoming year. This year is going to be a challenging one for many of you, but I'm sure you'll make the best of it! Don't ever hesitate to contact me if you need any help/want to talk about life, Harry Potter, or Shonda Rhimes! I can't wait to meet all you wonderful people!!

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Congrats and welcome to UVA!! My name is Olyvia Ruhlmann and I'm a rising third-year from Rochester, NY. I'm currently majoring in media studies and hoping to minor in foreign affairs. I transferred last fall from Elon University in North Carolina and can honestly say it's the best decision I've ever made. Transferring as an out-of-state student I knew virtually no one coming in, but UVA is such a welcoming community with so many opportunities to get involved! I've been able to join my sorority Delta Zeta, sailing club, and work with college students from all over VA on Marco Rubio's campaign! I know how nerve-wracking this process can be so don't hesitate to text/Facebook/email me if you have any questions or just want to hangout! ☺

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Hello hello! Congrats on your acceptance and making the best decision of your life! I am a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in American Studies with a focus on Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I transferred from the University of South Carolina. I am so excited to help fellow transfers find their home at UVA and have a smooth transition into life here. I'm involved in theatre groups like Spectrum Theatre and First Year Players at UVA, as well as other organizations like University Programs Council, and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. I love talking about involvement on Grounds so please ask me any questions about how to get involved here! When I'm not in class or rushing to various meetings, you can find me in Alderman Library, most likely with coffee nearby.

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Congratulations! My name is Fitz Stein and I am a rising Third-Year at UVA studying History and Foreign Affairs. At UVA, I am also a volunteer at Madison house, a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and a slightly above average intramural participant, among other things. Coming to UVA was the best decision I have ever made and I am excited to help you create your own new path here in Charlottesville.

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Congratulations and welcome to UVA!! My name is Limor Steinberg and I'm a rising third year (but expecting to graduate in May 2017)! I transferred to UVA from Northern Virginia Community College this in fall 2015. I'm majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. So far, I'm loving Charlottesville and the UVA experience. Transferring is SO overwhelming at first - from class registration to figuring out what clubs to join to finding your favorite study spots - but soon enough, I'm sure you'll feel right at home here! I cannot wait to meet you guys and help you through the process!!

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Hi everyone, first of all congratulations and welcome to the University of Virginia. My name is Boh Young Suh and I am a rising fourth year in the McIntire School of Commerce. I transferred from NVCC Annandale and I am originally from South Korea. Transferring to UVA was definitely a big turning point in my life and I've had many great experiences so far and still excited to seek out new things. It might feel awkward as a transfer student at first but there is no need to worry because you are bringing in diversity and uniqueness that the university highly values. Keep confidence and follow your way. I am willing to help you if you have any questions or concerns as well as adjusting to UVA life on grounds. I am a huge fan of UVA basketball, enjoy watching and playing sports. During my free time, I love to work out, cook and watch movies. Charlottesville is one the peaceful places I've ever been and I believe you will feel it soon. Once again congratulations and I look forward to see you all!

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Welcome to UVA! My name is Emma and I transferred from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I'm a rising third-year double majoring in Anthropology and Foreign Affairs. I lived abroad for most of my life before college, so I was excited to discover so many student-run organizations that work with Charlottesville's international community. I'm currently involved in Volunteers with International Students, Staff and Scholars (VISAS) and Growing for CHANGE, which designs gardens for a diverse, low-income neighborhood in Charlottesville. I also participated in the Women's Leadership Development Program last semester and I recommend that all new transfer ladies look into it! In my spare time, I'm usually attempting to cook vegan food in my tiny kitchen (I don't have a meal plan!). Feel free to contact me with any questions or to stop by my apartment in the fall for avocado toast!

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Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to UVA! My name is Brian Tully, and I am a rising third year from Garden City, New York. I transferred here after my first year at Boston College, and have not looked back since; coming here was truly the best decision I have ever made. I am a double major in Media Studies and Economics, and in addition to being a TSPA, I am involved with Sigma Chi and the Cans to Cans program. If you're looking for something to do around grounds, or the best place to catch the game, feel free to contact me. I'm always open to grab a bite to eat or just hang out around Charlottesville. Many of the other TSPA's and I went through the same processes as y'all, so make sure to reach out to us if you have any questions. Go Hoos!

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My name is Ian McConaughy Williams and I'm from the small town of Macon, right in the center of Georgia, which is also home to Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers, Little Richard, Young Jeezy, and the Kazoo. I am the youngest of three children—my older brother is a senior at NYU and my eldest sibling, my sister, is starting UVA law in Fall 2016. I am a rising third-year at the university and I transferred in the middle of the year after three semesters at William and Mary. Transferring is admittedly a daunting experience, but I found it to be an easier transition than when first matriculating. I'm double majoring in English and American Studies with a concentration in Popular and Visual Culture, and I plan on (potentially) going to law school after my undergraduate career. I played soccer in high-school, but also have more undeveloped interest in basketball and tennis.

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Congratulations and welcome to UVA!! My name is Helen Wood and I transferred from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I am originally from Bronxville, New York, but now live in London. I am a American Studies major and a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. My favorite things to do around Charlottesville are going on runs or walks around Grounds with friends, eating at all the amazing restaurants, and exploring some rural areas around UVA. I am so excited to have you all join us and I hope that you will ask me any questions you might have, whether its for academics or just life! Hopefully I can help make your transition as smooth and amazing as it was for me. Go Hoos!

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HOOray! You've made it to UVA!! Welcome to Grounds. My name is Dilasa Yahya and I am a rising fourth year. I previously attended Northern Virginia Community College and transferred to UVA beginning my third year. I plan on graduating with a double degree in Economics and Sociology and, although it took me a while, I finally found my niche at UVA within the Minority Rights Coalition (MRC), Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) program at Madison House, Sustained Dialogue (SD), PULSE, and the Responsible Investment Group (RIG). Transferring to UVA was tough, but I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made as I feel myself constantly being challenged and growing as a result. I am super excited to meet every single one of you and to hear each of your unique stories! As your TSPA, I am available if you have any questions or concerns, and as your friend, I am available for a cup of coffee or to hangout. Please reach out to me whenever you like! :)

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