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Transfer Edge Mentors

As a Transfer Edge student, you will meet current UCI students who are trained to become your Transfer Edge Mentors who will welcome you to UCI. The Transfer Edge mentors (past Transfer Edge participants) will help you transition to the UCI campus and college life by creating a meaningful and supportive program environment. A formal Mentorship Program is offered to Transfer Edge Alumni beginning in winter quarter as a hands-on leadership experience. Student Mentors give feedback on the past year’s program, help develop program events, and work closely with the students during the upcoming Transfer Edge Program.

Add the Mentorship Program to your resume! The program begins winter quarter and application submissions are taken in January. Check back in Winter 2017 to read about the 2017 Summer Transfer Edge Mentors.

Meet the 2016 Summer Transfer Edge Mentors

Andrew Begey Andrew Begey
Electrical Engineering, Class of 2018
Transferred from: Golden West College
(From Temecula, CA)

Coming into UCI, I wasn't sure how difficult it would be to make new friends or find my way around campus. Luckily I had the good sense to join the Transfer Edge Program over the summer and by the time fall quarter came around, I had a great group of friends and a solid grasp of the UCI campus. The program has truly enhanced my transition to UCI and was the best decision I made when I came here, and I'm excited to be a part of that experience for new transfer students.

Kevin Pedraza Kevin Pedraza
Criminology, Law & Society, Class of 2018
Transferred from: Long Beach City College
(From Long Beach, CA)

I am a transfer student from Long Beach City College. I am a criminology major and I plan to go to graduate school. I ultimately plan to be a researcher at a university! I am a friendly guy who tries to make everyone feel welcomed and included.

Kofi_Bonsu Kofi Bonsu
Psychology and Social Behavior, Class of 2017
Transferred from: San Diego Miramar College/UCSD
(From Columbus, Ohio)

My name is Kofi Bonsu and I am a psychology and social behavior transfer student from San Diego. Much like many new incoming students, I too was in a very uncomfortable position. Being brand new in a mysterious and unfamiliar setting can be daunting, but as a participant in the Transfer Edge Program all my worries were quickly blunted. Through my time in the program I got acclimated with the campus and its many resources, grew tremendously as a student leader, and immediately got involved on campus. But, what I am most thankful for are the many meaningful connections I made with the mentors and the other participants. They truly became my family away from home. Transfer Edge truly was a blessing for me, and now I feel it is my turn to impart this blessing onto those to come.

Aftin Pomeroy Aftin Pomeroy
Neurobiology, Class of 2017
Transferred from: Saddleback Community College and Irvine Valley College
(From Mission Viejo, CA)

After celebrating my acceptance into UCI, I began to grow increasingly worried about the enormous transitions ahead of me. I found myself feeling lost, not only due to the breadth of the campus, but also because the environment at UCI was entirely foreign to me. The Transfer Edge Program provided the liaison I desperately needed to feel prepared and at home at UCI. By joining the Transfer Edge Program, I was able to engage with faculty about their research, meet new groups of friends, and become acclimated to the campus layout and all of its wonderful resources...all before the start of fall quarter!

Anthony Wovenu Anthony Wovenu
Public Health Policy; Informatics, Class of 2017
Transferred from: Cerro Coso Community College/California State University, Channel Islands
(From Lancaster, CA)

My name is Anthony Wovenu and I am a public health policy and informatics double major coming from the city of Lancaster, CA. My transfer story is a little different from others in that I transferred from a community college to a four year university, realized that particular school was not for me, and then transferred to UCI the following year. Words cannot describe my love for the Transfer Edge Program here at UCI. Simply put, the experiences, friends, faculty, and places here made my college experience very enjoyable which is all attributed to Transfer Edge!

Ester Kim Ester Kim
Psychology & Social Behavior; Criminology, Law, & Society, Class of 2017
Transferred from: Cypress College
(From San Paulo, Brazil)

As a transfer student, I came to UCI with a mindset that I would have a very difficult time acclimating to the campus environment. However, thanks to the great mentors and staff of Transfer Edge, I was proven wrong. The summer program gave me the confidence I needed to succeed in my academic, career, and social endeavors at the university. In addition, the program helped me create and become part of a community on campus to which I felt like I belonged to. Now, as a 2016 mentor, I look forward to offering the same guidance and welcoming community amongst prospective UCI students.