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Transfer Ambassadors (TA's)

Your 2014-2015 Transfer Ambassador (TA) team is excited to welcome you!  TA's are student leaders who successfully transferred and transitioned to NYU. TAs assist the Student Resource Center with providing fun and interactive programming for new and returning transfer students.  TAs are trained to provide support, resources, and advisement to transfer and transitioning students who are in the process of acclimating to NYU and New York City. From checking out events and tours around NYC, to information sessions about studying abroad and career services, you'll want to make time to attend their events throughout the year. Your TA's are also here to answer any questions you have about NYU.  Meet your TAs here!

If you have general questions regarding the Transfer Ambassadors program, please email Long Wu.

Valeria Gavidia

SCPS

Sports Management

Hometown: Parkland, Florida

Ask me about: Brooklyn, commuting, Sports Business Society, traveling, and good Latin restaurants

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students:

Get involved in anything and everything! Remember that this is not the first or likely last time you will be starting a life in a new place so take this experience at NYU for what it is- an opportunity not just to take advantage of a great education but also of living in one of the greatest cities in the world and all that it has to offer. Walk around the city on your down time, there is so much to see. Explore also the other boroughs. These things will make the city feel like home a lot faster and most importantly- have fun!


Helen

College of Arts & Sciences

Mathematics and Business Minor

Hometown: Allendale, NJ

Ask me about: Residential College, Transfer and Transitioning Student Association, PATHWAYS & Greek Life

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: Always keep an open mind! NYU and NYC are such big places that going out and exploring can seem overwhelming at first. Don’t be scared to try new clubs and activities. You’ll find that there are so many opportunities to get involved on campus and that students are always friendly once you introduce yourself. You never know where you’ll meet your closest friends!


Stephen

College of Arts & Sciences

Neural Science & Computer Science

Hometown: Providence, RI

Ask me about: Clubs and activities, apartment life & cheap tickets to cool shows

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: Get out and explore - bring some friends, bring some strangers who hopefully will become friends! NYC is a really exciting place to be, and NYU is great about facilitating these little adventures every so often. Don't be shy about inviting people to things - odds are they'll be thrilled to come along!

Khalifa

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development

Media, Culture & Communication

Hometown:  New York, NY & Kaolack, Senegal

Ask me about: Transfer Student Association, PATHWAYS, Wasserman Center, Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia, CCTOP, Sports, Music, Movies, & Cooking.

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students:

The transitioning process as a transfer student can be difficult. The important thing is to utilize all the resources you have to make the process easier. Talk to your advisor about anything academically related. They are here to help you succeed in the classroom. Talk to your professor if you are struggling in that class. Talk to a Transfer Ambassador if you want advice about transitioning. Visit the Student Resource Center if you have any questions about being a student at NYU or if you want to be more involved on campus. Uou have people here ready to help the transition process much easier for you to succeed at NYU.


Meghan Sullivan

Tisch School of the Arts

Dramatic Writing

Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Ask me about: TransferMation, comedy shows, improv teams, starting your own club, seeing good theatre on a budget and internship

My advice for new transfer and transitioning students: 

Be true to yourself! It sounds really corny but there are so many different types of people at NYU you will find a place to fit in, but only if you are true to yourself.

 


Aditi

College of Arts & Sciences

Computer Science & Economics

Hometown: Bombay, India

Ask me about: Yoga, trekking, museums, & anything else on your mind!

My advice to new transfer students:

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students is: “20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

 

Irene Yau

College of Arts and Science

Pre-Medicine- Anthropology & Biology

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Ask me about: Community service, the subway, exploring Brooklyn, double major, concerts, traveling, & summer classes

My advice for new transfer and transitioning students:

Transferring to NYU was perhaps the scariest decision of my life. I felt lost and bewildered the first semester I arrived. However, I found that transitioning gets easier after making friends and getting involved in a couple of meaningful clubs or activities. It might be uncomfortable at first, especially if you don’t know anyone. Remember you are not alone! Buddy up with another transfer student to explore Club Fest with. There is always so much going on at NYU. This is a huge school in an amazing city – opportunities are endless! Get involved as soon as possible so you can make the most of your time here.


 


Bobby

College of Arts & Sciences

Economics

Hometown:  Medford, NJ

Ask me about: The Transfer & Transitioning Student Association, study abroad, internships, commuting from New Jersey

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: Although transferring may be difficult, I found that the best way to meet new people is to take advantage of the transfer events and groups at NYU.  I have had so much fun and met so many new people through my involvement in transfer life at NYU.  Also, visit the Student Resource Center if you ever have any questions or if you want to learn more about the different resources and opportunities that NYU offers you. Everyone in the SRC is really nice and always eager to help.

 


Andre

School of Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Hometown:  West Palm Beach, FL

Ask me about: Anything related to fitness, Movie and book recommendations and great places to eat.

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students:

The worst mistake I made when coming to this university was keeping to myself. I thought since I went to all of the welcome events at my old college, I would just be experiencing more of the same. What I failed to realize is that at these events is where I would have the opportunity to meet other students with common interests and learn more about the university. Even if you may not want to participate in any of the events, putting yourself out there and getting to know people is the best way to acclimate to the university.

 


Chad

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Finance and Economics

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Ask me about: Sports, travelling, study abroad, movies, & NYC

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: Take advantage of all that NYC and NYU have to offer. The best way to get involved is to venture outside of your comfort zone: Take courses you can’t find anywhere else, join different clubs, walk around the city until you’re lost. Keep exploring and keep an open mind!


Danielle Garrand

Steinhardt

Media, Culture and Communications and Minor in Child Psychology

Hometown:  Londonderry, New Hampshire

Ask me about: The best running paths, Steinhardt, minors, yummiest diners in the village, Alternative Breaks, Greek Life, acapella groups, navigating campus, where to find great coffee, nannying jobs, Chinatown, or advice on anything!

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students:

I know that NYU can seem super intimidating when you first get here, but overcome the fear and go to as many welcome week events, restaurants, shows, and strolls around the park as you can. The more you put yourself out there, the more you will feel at home in the city and NYU! Always remember that you are here for a reason and if you ever need help the TA’s are here for you!

 

 


Kylie

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Early Childhood Education and Political Science

Hometown:  Overland Park, Kansas, Modi’in, Israel & Greensboro, NC - I’ve moved around.

Ask me about: Best places to get work done, transitioning smoothly, subway system, theatre, best dollar slices, politics and anything else on your mind!

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: Take a second to imagine the incredible things you have heard about NYU. Now, take a second to imagine something even better. That is NYU. It is even better than you imagine it to be. While it can be easy to get distracted by all that’s going on around you – trust me, there’s a lot - stay focused on the important things, but don’t let them be all that you live for. Doing well in school is important, but it doesn’t compare to experiences that will last you a lifetime. Take advantage of as much as you can! The key is balance. Once you’ve mastered that, I can guarantee that you will thrive here!


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