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Transfer Edge

Build a foundation for success before fall quarter begins!

Session I: June 25 - August 4, 2017

Session II: August 6 - September 14, 2017

Full Summer: June 25 - September 14, 2017

Build a foundation for success before fall quarter begins!

Session I: June 25 - August 4, 2017

Session II: August 6 - September 14, 2017

Full Summer: June 25 - September 14, 2017

Transfer 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. By becoming a Transfer Edge mentor, students give feedback on the past year’s program, help develop program events, and work closely with the students during the upcoming Transfer Edge program.

Applications for the 2018 Mentors are due on October 29th, 2017

Meet the 2017 Summer Transfer Edge Mentors

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

I first participated in the program as a Transfer Edge mentee during Summer 2014. Later on I was recruited to be a mentor for the High School Summer Scholar Program and Transfer Edge for Summer 2016, and now I'm excited to be back as a Lead Mentor for Transfer Edge Summer 2017. I have been involved with this program for quite a while now and I find myself coming back to it because of the endless opportunities I have been granted with as well as the amazing staff who work really hard to cater to the needs of the student body they serve. What can I say, "I just can't get enough" - Depeche Mode.

Aditya Iyengar Aditya Iyengar
Biological Sciences; Chemistry, Class of 2019
(From Fremont, CA)

Philosopher by passion, researcher by obsession, student by profession, and a musician by heart. I may be a Chemistry major, but I'm much more than that--just like you. I can guarantee you that regardless of how excited or nervous you may feel right now; you are in for a phenomenal experience. Indeed, my friend, I am thrilled to be your mentor as you enter the world of UC Irvine, and let yourself blossom into the anteater you are meant to be.

Allison Aquilino Allison Aquilino
Sociology, Class of 2018
Transferred from: Saddleback College
(From Mission Viejo, CA)

I am a Sociology transfer student from Saddleback College and ultimately plan on pursuing an occupational therapy degree. My transfer story is a little different from others in that I transferred from a four-year institution (after realizing it wasn't for me) to Saddleback College and then to UCI. I understand first-hand that transferring is a daunting experience. By participating in the Transfer Edge Program I was able to make new friends, learn my way around campus, become academically successful, and gain all the valuable resources that the UCI campus has to offer before the fall quarter started. I am excited to help all the new transfer students start their new experience at UCI!

Domonique Marie Stevens Domonique Marie Stevens
Psychology & Social Behavior, Class of 2018
Transferred from: Chaffey College
(From Alta Loma, CA)

I'm a transfer from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga (I usually just say San Bernardino because no one knows where this is!). Transferring to UCI from a community college can be really intimidating, but this program is a great gateway to help you become involved and connected within such a huge university! Transfer Edge has been one of the best decisions I've made at UCI. Not only did Transfer Edge prepare me for what was to come at UCI, but it connected me with the most amazing group of friends. The friends that I lived with over the summer and my mentors have become some of my best friends who have helped me grow as a person, motivated me to be a better student, and brought me out of my shell. I'm thankful to Transfer Edge for giving me this support system and study buddies! I'm so happy to be a part of this team and I can't wait to meet the new transfers. I hope I can give the same experience that I received last summer!

Eli Suzuki-Gill Eli Suzuki-Gill
Psychology, Class of 2018
Transferred from: Foothill College
(From Ventura, CA)

My name is Eli Suzuki-Gill and I’m a Psychology major interested in designing engaging, inclusive tools for education. As the first to attend college in my immediate family, I felt both excited and intimidated by the prospect of starting school at UCI. I also knew that some huge changes were going to impact my family and me in my first months at school. Transfer Edge provided many engaging outlets for my excitement, reassurance to fend off intimidation, and a network of dear friends that have supported me through some of the biggest transitions in my life. Now I’m eager to give back.

Michael Valenzuela Michael Valenzuela
Chemistry, Class of 2019
Transferred from: Ventura College
(From Oxnard, CA)

Having taken four years to transfer from community college, I was anxious to finally make the transition to university. Of course, this meant having to be around new surroundings and new people which made my excitement grow even more. Transfer Edge proved to be the best investment of my time during this past summer since it allowed me to become familiar with those surroundings before the craziness of the huge influx of students in the Fall and form some of the closest bonds that will ever exist in my life. These experiences, and the amazing Transfer Mentors I had, culminated in my decision to be a Mentor and wish for all new incoming students to have a similar adventure.

Zhuoyang Han Zhuoyang Han
Mathematics Class of 2019
(From Beijing, China)

My name is Zhuoyang Han and I am an international student majoring in Mathematics. Similar to many students who just enter a brand new environment, I felt uncomfortable and unsure about my future of academic life and curricula at UCI. However, Freshman Edge (a sister program of Transfer Edge) provided me with confidence. The program pointed out my future path in college and after. As a 2017 mentor, I look forward to helping you to meet a new group of friends, learn more about all the great resources, and prepare your academic plan!