Meet the 2014 Teal Bridge Mentors

Alyssa Andersen

Senior from Wakeforest, NC

Major: English

Campus Involvement

Student Coordinator for the Teal Bridge Program, Transfer Orientation Leader, Greek Life

Advice for Transfer Students

Become involved on campus. Joining clubs, obtaining leadership positions, or participating in University activities makes a noticeable difference in the adjustment period after transferring. I also recommend building relationships with your professors, they are experts in their field and spending 30 minutes in their office can change your entire perspective on a subject!

Hobbies/Interests

I enjoy hot yoga, baking, and painting. I work at an afterschool daycare, and working with children has truly become my passion.

Tamara Bonilla

Junior from Los Angeles, CA

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: English as a Second Language

Campus Involvement

Centro Hispano

Advice for Transfer Students

Just like anything you do in life, the very first time of something new will be intimidating. After the first week at UNCW everything will get easier and you will start to feel connected and well-adjusted to your new surroundings as you begin your journey as a UNCW Seahawk and start making your own memories.

Hobbies/Interests

Traveling and going to the beach.

Vanessa Campos

Junior from Sanford, NC

Major: Accounting

Campus Involvement

UNCW Dance Team, Teal Tour Guide, Transfer Student Organization (TSO), Transfer Orientation Leader

Advice for Transfer Students

Always be open to meeting new people and get involved.

Hobbies/Interests

Love to read, spend time with friends, and go to the beach.

Jessica Cooper

Senior from Orlando, FL

Major: Biology

Minor: Psychology

Advice for Transfer Students

Take advantage of the new opportunities you have as a transfer student, and embrace the change! You’d be surprised how many students at UNCW come from different cities and states. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to meet new people and try new things on campus.

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, going to the beach, playing with my dogs.

Andrew Crosswhite

Senior from Cary, NC

Major: Communication Studies

Minor: History

Campus Involvement

Transfer to Teal Guide, CSS Member, Office Assistant for the Admissions Office

Advice for Transfer Students

Almost every major has one or two clubs associated with it. Aside from being a good way to meet people and get involved on campus, it’s a fantastic way to meet your professors in a more informal setting. It helps you catch up with students who have been in the department longer, and they’ll remember you later when need that recommendation letter or internship.

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, video games, Cards Against Humanity, going downtown with friends.

Lindsay England

Junior from Fuquay Varina, NC

Major: Business with a Marketing Concentration

Campus Involvement

Transfer Student Organization (TSO) Secretary

Advice for Transfer Students

Just remember that at one point everyone at UNCW was new so don’t be afraid to ask questions, students and faculty are more than willing to help you!

Hobbies/Interests

Going to the beach and traveling.

Eric Fitzgerald

Junior from Richlands, NC

Major: Special Education

Hobbies/Interests

Surfing, Basketball, and Soccer.

Kristen Kinker

Junior from Chesterfield, VA

Major: Recreation Therapy with a Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration

Campus Involvement

Overflow, Paws4People

Advice for Transfer Students

My biggest advice would be to get involved as much as possible. It can be scary going to an event where you don’t know anyone, but you will get plugged in fast and the meet people that will become your closest friends throughout college.

Hobbies/Interests

I love to surf with friends and basically do anything outdoors!

Nakia McDonald

Senior from Charlotte, NC

Major: Anthropology

Advice for Transfer Students

Don’t think that you’re alone out there. There are tons of transfers just like you on campus, so don’t feel like the odd man out. Just keep a smile on your face and keep an open and positive mind. Before you know it you’ll get in the swing of things right away. Oh! And don’t be afraid to ask questions! You have fellow Seahawks all around for help.

Hobbies/Interests

Listening to music, dancing, arts and crafts

Kenneth Reaume'

Junior from Holly Ridge, NC

Major: Psychology

Campus Involvement

President of the Transfer Student Organization (TSO), Tau Sigma Transfer Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society

Advice for Transfer Students

The most difficult part of arriving at UNCW as a transfer is where to acquire the “right” information. There are things one should know but may not even know what questions to ask or where to ask them. My advice to ALL transfer students is GET INVOLVED in any and all transfer student organizations and ask as many questions as you can.

Hobbies/Interests

Motorcycles, Chess, and Tennis.

Matthew Sherdan

Junior from Asheville, NC

Major: English and Professional Writing

Minor: Journalism

Advice for Transfer Students

There are a lot of responsibilities and expectations that come with attending the University.  Academically, many of your professors will require extracurricular activities such as attending events put on by your department or going to see a guest speaker.

Hobbies/Interests

Playing golf, reading and writing about sports, coaching youth league football, working with children, and visiting historical sites with my wife.

cHRIS sTRINGFELLOW

Junior from Cypress, TX

Major: Exercise Science

Campus Involvement

Security for UNCW Police

Advice for Transfer Students

Just hang on. You probably didn’t get the choice times for classes. I can help you learn to budget your time a little better if you need to distress and get things figured out.

Hobbies/Interests

Fitness/Health/Nutrition, video games, reading, and some outdoor activities.

Landis Summey

Senior from Dallas, NC

Major: Biology

Campus Involvement

Tri-Beta, Transfer Student Organization (TSO)

Advice for Transfer Students

Don't be afraid to get out, get involved and meet new people.

Hobbies/Interests

Photography, music, EMS, and kayaking.

Uzoma Uzochukwu

Senior from Greensboro, NC

Major: Communication Studies

Campus Involvement

Student Admissions Network for Diversity (SAND) Ambassador, Excellence Project Peer Mentor, Black Student Union (BSU), African Student Organization (ASO), Teal TV Crew Member

Advice for Transfer Students

I wish I would have known that Chancellors walk gets so crowded during the school year. My advice is that you try to find an alternate route to class and avoid Chancellors walk at all costs.

Hobbies/Interests

Exploring, sandcastle building, and do it your self-projects.

Whitney Ward

Senior from Chadbourn, NC

Major: Exercise Science

Campus Involvement

Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Transfer Orientation Leader

Advice for Transfer Students

Take time to enjoy your experiences at UNCW, but don't forget to remember why you're here.

Hobbies/Interests

Piano, reading, and anything active outside.


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