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Transfer Ambassadors (TA's)

Your 2015-2016 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. 

Every summer incoming transfer students are contacted about being matched with a TA! TAs are here to acquaint you with life as a student at NYU and guide you through your first semester at NYU.  Incoming transfer students are matched with a TA based on their interests and area of study. If you have general questions regarding the Transfer Ambassadors program, please email Amber Lodman.

Valeria Gavidia

Silver School of Social Work

Social work

Hometown: Bronx, NY

I transferred from: Bronx Community College

Ask me about:
Ask me about anything your heart desires. If I don't know the answer, I'll Google it!

My advice to new transfer and visiting students:

Changes are scary, but don't be afraid because we are here to help you. If you have any questions or concerns, ask. There will always be someone willing and able to help you out. Its' a big scary city but, the people are great. Don't believe the hype about all New Yorkers being rude. Stay focused on school but also remember to have fun.



Media, Culture and Communications

Hometown: Londonderry, NH, US

Transfer college/university: Fordham University

Ask me about: Running spots, nannying, Studying abroad, Greek Life, Hiking in NYC area, switching majors, finding cheap anything

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: Keep your head up if you are having a hard time adjusting, and remember that everything gets better! Transfers are some of the strongest and most courageous people I know. You all are at NYU for a reason, never forget that! :)

Irene Yau

College of Arts & Science


Hometown:  Kathmandu, Nepal

I transferred from: Borough of Manhattan Community College

Ask me about: Commuting concerns, NYU Residency Life,
Tutoring/Academic Assistance, Nightlife, Philosophical talk and arguments. Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball. (Man United fan, Lakers fan, played varsity volleyball) Transfermation, Academic Achievement Program, Gentlemen of Quality, International Student Affairs and ask me about whatever concerns you.

My advice to new transfer and visiting students: It’s the choices in your life that defines the actions you partake in, which influences your perspective.Your situations in life depends on the perspective you hold currently. To be happy, accomplish matters, or whatever you think is best for yourself, you must be able to alter your perspectives no matter the situation. Be conscious, EXPLORE, and strive for greatness. OH and Definitely enjoy.



College of Arts & Science

Joint major in Economics and Mathematics

Hometown:Beijing, China

Ask me about: TransferMation, on-campus job, joint major/double major, international student affairs

My advice to new transfer and visiting students:
Be active! Don't wait until you are ready to try new things! NYC is such a large places that you'll find opportunities everywhere. Keep an open mind and let this amazing place nourish you, help you grow and enrich your life!

College of Nursing


Hometown: Tracy, California, USA

I transferred from: Las Positas Community College

Ask me about: On-campus housing & residential life, NYC metro system, fitness, restaurants, volunteering, & places to explore in New York City

My advice for new transfer and transitioning students:

Be optimistic and proactive! NYU is located in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Step outside of your comfort zone and experience new things. A great way to meet new people is to participate in transfer events and other campus organizations. New York City is truly a place with boundless possibilities. Take chances and go after those opportunities. Make sure you also explore the city as much as you can. Every day will feel like a new adventure.


College of Arts & Science

Art History

I transferred/transitioned from:Western Connecticut State University, Furman University

Hometown: Brookfield, Connecticut

Ask me about: Study abroad in Florence, traveling, best places to get work done, where to find a good cup of coffee, exploring Chelsea, markets, cooking, delicious cheap eats

My advice to new transfer and visiting students: Keep an open mind! Not just with NYU but with NYC as well. NYU provides so many opportunities so don't be hesitant to attend an event or try out a new club - go! You never know who you'll meet or what will interest you if you don't try. As for NYC, go out and explore in your spare time. NYC is one of the greatest cities in the world and offers so much; grab some friends or just go solo to get to know your surroundings (and don't forget about the other boroughs!). Even if you don't know the city well, sometimes the best adventures come from getting lost. As stressful or scary or lonely transferring into an entirely new place can be, don't forget that there's a whole community that have had these same feelings and experiences and there will always be someone to connect with or talk to. Enjoy the ride that is NYU in the dynamic world of NYC, and most importantly: have fun!


Paul McGhee, School of Professional Studies


Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

I transferred from:Green River College, Auburn, WA

Ask me about: Movies, tv series, volunteer abroad, living off-campus, international students, anything! I will answer as best as I can

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: I transferred from a small city, where we all probably know each other at the college. At first, transferring to NYU made me feel lonely and made me think people were just too busy doing what they do. It may be hard at the beginning. Just remember, look around. You're not here by yourself. The crowd is not there to intimidate you. It's there for you to enjoy it. Don't feel like you are all by yourself. Blend in, get involved and don't be afraid to keep trying.  


College of Arts & Science

Neural Science & Computer Science

Hometown: Providence, RI

I transferred from: University of Notre Dame

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

My advice to new transfer and visiting 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!


College of Arts and Science

Psychology and Pre-Med

Hometown: Woodridge, Illinois

I transferred/transitioned from: NYU Florence

Ask me about: Transitioning from studying abroad your first year, studying abroad in Florence, traveling, internships, housing, cooking, & where to eat around NYC.

My advice to new transfer and transitioning students: You go to college in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Though it can get overwhelming at times, you'll learn to love it if you don't already. Definitely take advantage of what New York City has to offer. If you're doing it right, life here will never be boring. There is so much opportunity in terms of jobs, internships, and community service but also in terms of just having fun. Don't be afraid to seek out those positions or go to any of the numerous events going on! Also be aware of all the resources NYU has to offer and take advantage of them. Make an effort to join a club or two or talk to someone you have mutual classes with. Making new friends may seem scary but trust me, there are a lot of people who feel the same way as you do. You never know where a simple hi can get you or who'll end up being your closest friends so take the chance in starting conversations. If you're feeling lost or lonely don't be afraid to reach out to someone either whether it be a TA, a friend, a professor, an advisor, anyone. You're not alone and things will get better. Remember there's a reason you wanted to transfer to NYU and now that you're here relish it, keep an open mind, and make it the experience you've always hoped for.  

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