Transfer Student Peer Advisors (TSPAs) are a resource for incoming transfer students making the transition to the diverse academic, intellectual, and social culture of the University of Virginia. Enthusiastic, approachable, and knowledgeable about University resources, TSPAs are here to support you in your new journey at UVA!
Transfer Student Peer Advisors
Congratulations and welcome to Mr. Jefferson’s University! My name is Anneliese Musil and I am a rising fourth year in the McIntire School of Commerce. I am concentrating in Finance and Marketing and pursuing a Global Commerce track and a Quantitative Finance track. I transferred from the sunny University of Miami in Florida after my first year of college, but home for me is Chicago, Illinois. Although transferring may seem daunting at times, I strongly believe that becoming a member of the University Community has positively impacted my life both inside and outside of the classroom. Quite honestly, I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by incredibly talented and ambitious peers and exceptionally inspiring and helpful professors. As a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I am here to help you acclimate to a new university that will quickly become your new home. If you have any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small, please reach out to me over the summer and during the school year. I sincerely hope that you all will find a new home here and discover the many things that make the University of Virginia so unique. Once again, congratulations!
My name is Annie Scott, I am majoring in cognitive science and minoring in religious studies. I am originally from the San Francisco bay area, but moved to Sterling, VA halfway through high school. I transferred to UVA last fall from NVCC. Here at the university I am apart of VASST and am secretary of University Independents. I worth with the football team and play co-rec soccer.
Hello Hoos! I am Ashley Scott and I grew up in the San Francisco area but most recently moved from Sterling, VA. I transferred to UVA as a third year from Northern Virginia Community College last fall. I am majoring in cognitive science and minoring in religion. Along with being a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I am the Committee Chair for the University Independents, I’m on VASST, I play co-rec soccer, I work with the football team, and I am on the Social Committee for the Transfer Student Advisory Board. I know transferring can seem overwhelming, but it’s not as hard as it seems! Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns about the transfer process, my major, or any general questions about UVA!
Hello and welcome to UVA! I am so excited that you will be joining the Wahoo family. I know that the transition can be overwhelming, but in time I'm sure you will find yourself at home here in Charlottesville, just like I did. I am so excited to get started and help you get adjusted to UVA. I am a transfer student from New Jersey, so I know what it is like to come from out of state. In addition to being a TSPA, I am involved in Campus Kitchens and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law. I can't wait to get to know all of you and help you find your home here at UVA!
Hey new Hoos! I'm so excited to help usher you into such a fantastic community! My name is Cameron Leventen. I’m currently an American Studies Major pursuing a minor in Art History. I was born and bred in Malibu, California -- so in many ways, the world of UVA has been a “study abroad” experience for me! As a third year transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences, I found my niche very quickly thanks to a set of fantastic professors and courses that paired me with like-minded individuals. I’m also an active member of UVA Outdoors Club, FMS (Filmmakers Society), and the Franklin Arts Society. Through these groups I’ve been able to focus on my avid love of writing, so catch some of my published work in Movable Type and the The Oculus this upcoming semester! As a transfer, I often found myself terrified of asking the “wrong” question, and that held me back -- so don’t be afraid to ask me as many absurd or awkward questions as you please! You can find me downtown on the weekends listening to live music at Miller’s, on a hiking trail early on Sunday mornings, or a rooftop restaurant when the weather allows. The transition to UVA is truly a life-changing one, and I want to be there for you as a resource in a way that I wish I’d had. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, we’re in this together! Get ready!
Hey y'all! My name is Cariné Megerian, and I am so excited to welcome you home to the University of Virginia! I am a rising fourth year, majoring in Sociology while following a pre-med track. I transferred from College of Charleston in South Carolina, but I am originally from outside of Philadelphia! Since getting to UVA I have gotten involved with the Armenian Students Association, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Global Medical Dental Brigades, and MedServices through Madison House. Transferring to a new school is exciting and fun, but also overwhelming and nerve-wracking, which is why I'm here for anything you need - academic questions, tours of Grounds, someone to get lunch with, or even a ride to the store. Please feel free to reach out to me via email, text, Facebook, etc. with any questions or concerns. I can't wait to help you all transition and find your place here!
Hi transfer students! My name is Carolina Ratcliff. I am a transfer from Syracuse University. I can't wait to get to know you all and help you navigate the transfer experience. About myself, I am a student athlete on the women's rowing team. When I'm not in class or rowing, I like to nap. Just kidding, sort of, I also like to go see movies, go to target for no reason at all, draw, write, and watch Jimmy Fallon videos for a socially unacceptable amount of time. I hope you all love UVA as much as I do. And if you're ever in the mood for any of the above listed activities I participate in (I have a great couch for you to nap on) hit me up. I'm here for comic relief and any questions you may have so don't hesitate to send me those questions and/or memes. I'm here to make the transfer life the good life. WAHOOWA
Hello everyone and welcome to UVA! My name is Christopher Morris and I am a rising fourth year Biochemistry major from Virginia Beach. I transferred from Tidewater Community College and started attending UVA in the Fall 2016 semester. I am part of the premedical honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta, as well as the professional coed chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma. I volunteer through both of these organizations and have met numerous people as well, so I recommend you join organizations like these as they are excellent ways of meeting new people and getting involved with the community! Although it was a little bit nerve-racking at first, transferring to UVA was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I know you guys are probably feeling excited, curious, and anxious all at the same time, but I promise you will fit in just fine here and that you won't regret this decision. This is a very accepting community that has tons to offer, just don't hesitate to get involved and experience everything! Congratulations on making it to UVA! WAHOOWA!!!
Congratulations and welcome to UVA! My name is Danny Sosa and I'm a Foreign Affairs major and Economics minor from Centreville, Virginia. I am a double transfer from Juniata College where I played soccer, and Northern Virignia Community College where I completed my associates degree in Business Administration. While the transition was difficult, during my brief time here I have truly realized what a special place UVA is and what it’s like to be a part of this fantastic community. I have been through the transfer process twice so please feel free to email me or friend me on Facebook with any questions. I'm always available to help out.
Hello new Hoos! My name is Eleni Orfanides and I am from Round Hill, Virginia. I am a rising third year in the College studying Government. Transferring to a new school can be a nerve-racking experience but don’t fret, I’m here to ensure you have a smooth transition. After attending my first year at the University of Mary Washington, I realized I would reach my full potential at UVA, and I know that you will too. There are numerous opportunities for you to get involved and fully embrace your new role as a UVA student. On Grounds, I am an Honor dorm representative, a professional development committee member for Phi Alpha Delta, and a VISAS language consultant. I can’t wait to meet you guys and help you find your place. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. WAHOOWA!!
Welcome to UVA! My name is Emma Sharon and I am a sociology and education major from Boston, MA. I transferred from Loyola University Maryland after my freshman year, and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. I'm a member of the women's rowing team, involved in Athletes in Action, and love photography and doing anything outside. I'm so pumped you decided to make UVA your new home, and can't wait to help welcome you here!
Hi guys, welcome to UVA! My name is Isabelle Lavin and I am a rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am from McLean, VA and I am a transfer student from the University of Delaware. Besides school, I love art, spending time outdoors and taking in as much Charlottesville as I can while I'm here. I'm so excited to meet you guys and get to know all of you! I am here to make your transition as easy as possible so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. You can text, call, email or Facebook me any time!
Congrats and Welcome to UVA! My name is Janet and I’m a rising fourth year from Virginia Beach. I’m majoring in Biology and I transferred to UVA after two years at a community college. I know transferring here can be super intimidating and overwhelming (trust me, I’ve been there!), but I guarantee you’ll find your place here at this university. There are tons of opportunities in events, clubs, and programs you can get involved in. Feel free contact me via email, phone, or even in person anytime. I’d love to help in any way I can to ease your transition into making UVA your second home. I’m excited to meet you and again welcome to UVA! WAHOOWA!
Hello fellow transfers! Congratulations on your acceptance into UVA! My name is Jennifer Hesse, I’m a rising fourth year majoring in biochemistry, and I’m a member of AXE and AED. I transferred here in fall 2016 from Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the school. The area is gorgeous and the people are so incredibly friendly. I love hiking and camping, all things that are perfect to do in this area (and all things I’d love to do with any of you transfers!) I’m looking forward to meeting you all!
Hey All! Congratulations on being accepted into this incredible university and community! We are so glad to have you! My name is Joshua Stuart. I am a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences, double majoring in Psychology and Music! I have moved five times in this wonderful state of Virginia, so I bet I can relate to you somehow (If you are from VA). I began my college career playing basketball at Bard College, which is in upstate New York. I transferred in the Fall of 2016, and I have had a great transitioning period. I'm a fourth-year Trustee, a member of the Hullabahoos (the best a cappella group on Grounds), while also being a member of the College's choral ensembles. There is a place for everyone at UVA! There are endless groups and opportunities! As I did, you have to throw yourself in and not worry about if you get spit back out! Try new and different things because UVA has so much to offer! I'm super excited to get to know you all and help make this transition period seamless and fun as possible! If you have an questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact via anything, I'm an open book. WAHOOWA!
Transfer Family! Welcome! If you’re reading this, that means you have made the best decision of your life in officially becoming a Wahoo! And of course, congratulations on your acceptance, the hard work and grind paid off! My name is Joshua Palmer and I’m a rising third-year Politics and Economics Major. As a Navy Brat, I have moved around for the greater part of my life, both domestically and internationally, but I’ve lived in Midlothian, VA for the past five years. After a year at John Tyler Community College, I transferred into the University. Transferring was an incredibly intimidating process at first, but in time I realized I was surrounded by a family. You will find your people as long as you stay positive and be yourself to the fullest extent. Besides being one of your TSPA’s I’m involved in the Student Hip-Hop Organization, The Virginia Glee Club, HackCville, The Transfer Advisory Board, and I will be a RA for the 2017-2018 academic year! This past year has been extremely formative in shaping who I am as a person and has given me extraordinary friendships. Come in with an open mind and be ready to be changed in unimaginable ways. UVA is slowly becoming one my favorite places I’ve occupied and I hope to put you on to what I’m feeling. Please do not hesitate to reach out for anything (via Facebook, Email), whether that be questions, concerns, or simply to get to know each other. I’m always down to meet transfer family! Good luck and I can’t wait to meet y’all!
Hello and welcome to UVA! My name is Julia Heinzel and I'm a double major in Economics and Statistics from Pennington, New Jersey. I transferred to UVA in my second year from the George Washington University. In addition to being a TSPA, I'm involved in the Economics Club, the Alfred Marshall Society, and the Virginia Women's Chorus. I also work part-time at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy. UVA is an amazing place, and I'm excited that you all get to experience it too. Transferring might seem difficult at first, but it's incredibly rewarding, and you'll soon find your place here as a transfer student. UVA is a fantastic place, and I'm sure you will all love it as well. Congratulations, and I can't wait to meet you all this fall!
Congrats future Wahoos! I'm Lillie Mayfield -- I transferred to UVA last fall from Montana State University, but I have previously lived in North Carolina, Maine, and even Ecuador for a short time. I've been happy to add Charlottesville to the list! I'm majoring in Global Development Studies with a minor in Economics. At UVA I've become involved in a Engineers Going Global research team doing work on affordable codesigned housing in Armenia. I also raced with UVA's Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team and have dabbled in various other clubs and community events as well. I'm pumped to be meeting the incoming transfers this year to help you all make the best possible transition into Cavalier culture!
Hi everyone and welcome to UVA! I’m an international transfer student from Northern Virginia Community College. Throughout my life I have lived in Slovakia, Austria, Israel, and Sweden, so I am no stranger to being the “new kid” and having to adjust. I’m here to help you go through this amazing experience of transitioning which may seem daunting at first. But fear not! All TSPAs here are happy to help in any way that we can. Currently, I am a 3rd year majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Health and Wellbeing. When it comes to activities around campus, I work with Madison House to tutor kids at Buford Middle School and I am Vice President of the hip hop dance crew X-Tasee. Congratulations to you all and if any of you need any advice, or to work on your Slovak or Swedish language skills, feel free to contact me!
Hello everyone and congratulations on your acceptance to UVA! My name is Maeve Hayden, I am a rising third year and I plan on studying Women, Gender, & Sexuality with a minor in Classics. I transferred last fall from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, but I was born and raised in Charlottesville! I also serve on the Transfer Advisory Board, and in my spare time I love trying new restaurants and hiking in all the beautiful areas surrounding C’ville. Transferring is a scary and overwhelming experience, but I am so excited to help you along the way and answer any questions you have. Welcome to UVA!
Hi Everyone!!! So excited to meet all of you! My name is Mariane Pereira and I am a third-year, chemical engineering/pre-med student. I am originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I finished high school, before moving to Virginia. After high school I attended Northern Virginia Community College for two years, and transferred to UVA. My transition to UVA was exciting, yet challenging and I can’t wait to help all of you with the challenges you might face or questions you might have. I am currently involved with PMP, a peer mentoring program with the Latino community, AED (pre-medical society), GMT (Medical Global Training), SWE (Society for Women Engineers) and I recently started volunteering with the Rescue Squad in Crozet, and soon I will become an EMT. I work at the University of Virginia Medical School as a research assistant, which has been a great learning experience. During my free time I enjoy exercising, being outdoors (hiking, picnics), exploring coffee shops/new libraries (Law Library is currently my favorite one) and volunteering.
Congratulations and welcome! I can assure you that you’ve made the right decision in choosing UVA! As always, change can be a little tough, but it is incredibly worth it. I transferred mid-year in Spring 2017 from VCU, and I am loving every second of being a Wahoo! My name is Mia and I am currently majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish, with hopes to become an OBGYN one day! Besides being a TSPA, I am on the Transfer Student Advisory Board, I work at North Grounds Rec Center, and I’m a member of Students Helping Honduras. Something I love about UVA is the sense of community you’re able to experience through the traditions, lingo, and spirit of the student body, which all make it really easy for UVA to feel like home really quickly. With that being said, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, get involved, and ask questions … you won’t regret it! Wahoowa!
Hey, transfers! Welcome to the University of Virginia. I'm Natalie Racoosin, a rising third year chemistry and anthropology major on the pre-med track. I'm from Williamsburg, Virginia but I've also lived in the Caribbean and Europe. I am easily bribed with food and my two favorite things to watch on TV right now are Rupaul's Drag Race and hockey games. I transferred to UVA from Thomas Nelson Community College in Williamsburg. I'm so happy that I'm here at UVA because it's a great school with some incredible people. I'm really excited to be a TSPA so that I can help make the transition into the school easier for people who are in the same position that I was in last year. Outside of UVA, I love going to the Charlottesville Abermarle SPCA and looking for new restaurants to try. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Congratulations, fam! You’re now a Wahoo and on your way to joining a truly awesome, compassionate and diverse community. My name is Nick, I’m from the Republic of Georgia and I was once a new transfer like you. I’m a rising fourth-year double majoring in Eastern European Studies and Foreign Affairs. I played hockey for my country’s national ice hockey team and currently row for Virginia. I like debating US foreign and domestic policy and also enjoy talking political theory. I’m proud to have been awarded this opportunity to interact with you. My life practice in gaining information is to, whenever possible, go to first-hand sources and learn directly from them. With that in mind, if you want to learn about UVA culture and the community, I’d be happy to give back and share with you all the knowledge that has been handed down to me. My name is Nick, I’m a TSPA and I’ve got your back.
Welcome to UVA! My name is Parker Phippen and I’m a Government from Alexandria, Virginia. I transferred to Virginia after attending Virginia Tech for two years, and I am happy to say it was one of the best decisions of my life. Around grounds I am involved with Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and College Republicans. In my free time, I volunteer for political campaigns, go on long runs, and play tennis. Some of my favorite things to do around Charlottesville are attending concerts at the Jefferson and getting breakfast at Bodos at least twice a week. I am looking forward to meeting you all and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding UVA or even if you just need a running partner.
What’s up everybody! First and foremost, congrats on your enrollment to the University of Virginia. My name is Patrick Amano-Dolan and I am a rising fourth year, studying Foreign Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to being a peer advisor, I am a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity here at UVA. I am born and raised in Great Falls, Virginia, and graduated from Langley High School in 2014. Before transferring to UVA, I received an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College. In my experience, the struggles of transferring are nuanced and can be hard to describe. Whether you need to ask a logistical question or just want someone to talk to, don't hesitate to contact me, I’m here to help. Can’t wait to meet all of you. Wahoowa!
Welcome to Hooville! My name is Payal Panchal, born and raised in NOVA (specifically in Fairfax, VA) and I am a third year Transfer Student from Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale Campus!). I am super excited to have you guys here and I hope to be of help as you make Charlottesville your new home! I am studying Biochemistry with a minor in Latin-American Studies and I have an undeclared minor that I can just barely squeeze in, in Women, Gender, and Sexuality! My degree is a colorful mix but feel free to ask any questions! I am currently involved in research at the Patel Lab and I also will be interning at the Women’s Center in the Gender Violence and Social Change Internship Program. You guys are going to love it here and I’ll be there to make sure it happens!
Congratulations on becoming a Wahoo! My name is Pierce Saunders and I am a rising third year majoring in Biology. I grew up on a farm in Forest, VA and I love the outdoors. I transferred after my first year at the University of South Carolina and I have really enjoyed my transition here at UVA! I am a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, as well as the French Club and the PreDental society here on grounds. As a hobby I am also a member of the Skeet Shooting club here at UVA. I am thankful I made the decision to come here and I am happy to share my experiences with each of you!
Congratulations, and welcome to UVA! My name is Rebecca Nguyen and I am a rising third year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying biology on the pre-med track. I transferred from Northern Virginia Community College after my first year and have absolutely fallen in love with Charlottesville’s beautiful sights and hidden food gems. I was nervous about my transition to a huge university, but I found my place through my on Grounds involvement. In addition to TSPA, I’m involved in InterVarsity, PAFN, American Medical Student Association, and Vietnamese Student Association. When you get here, you’re going to think that every student at UVA has their life together. Don’t believe it for a second. The struggle is real, but it is so worth it. Transferring has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and I’m so excited to help you make your mark at UVA! Go Hoos!
Hello transfer students! Everyone here is happy to welcome you to your new school! My name is Rosie Hartwell and I am from Alexandria, Va. I am a rising third year in the media studies program. I transferred in the fall of 2016 from George Mason University. I am an RA and in my free time, I involve myself with the Tap Club, the American Red Cross Club, and WUVA News. Changing schools is a big step, but you made the right decision! I am eager to help you find your way here, so please let me know how I can assist you in this journey. Remember that this school has a place for everyone!
Welcome to UVA!!! My name is Shaelea and I'm a rising fourth-year from Long Island, NY. I'm pursuing Media Studies with a minor in Art History. I transferred to UVA. after spending a year at a super tiny school out west called Colorado College. At first I was nervous to make such a big change, but transferring was a much easier transition than I expected! Within a week I felt comfortable on Grounds and began falling in love with UVA. Beyond being a Transfer Student Peer Advisor, I write for The Cavalier Daily and Her Campus. If you have any questions, or just want to get to know someone on Grounds, please feel free to email me! I'm sure you will love UVA and I can't wait to meet you all!
Congratulations on being accepted to UVA! My name is Thomas Casey and I’m a rising third-year student majoring in Economics with a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship. I’m originally from Seattle, but my family has moved around a bit, with my most recent home being San Antonio, TX. I transferred from the College of William and Mary to UVA, but I’m definitely not a Northern Virginian (NOVA) kid. Although transferring is intimidating at first, UVA has proved to be a great fit for myself and you will soon find out there is place for everyone here. Apart from being a TSPA, I am also a Student Information Session Leader (SISL), Senior Associate for Global Markets Group, and an active member of College Council. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to hang out or if you have any questions! Go Hoos!
CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the University of Virginia, your new (hoo)me! My name is Tripti Rathi and I'm a rising fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biostatistics and minoring in Biology. I'm originally from the land of potatoes, I mean Idaho, and I transferred from the University of Utah in the fall of 2015. Fun stuff, I know! Transferring to UVA has been the one of the biggest and best changes I've made in my life, and I hope you'll feel the same way in your time here! On grounds, I'm involved with University Programs Council, Phi Alpha Delta, and the TSPA program. I'm also an RA in Gooch (which is a first-year dorm)! This year is going to be a challenging one for many of you, but I'm sure you'll make the best of it! Don't ever hesitate to contact me if you need any help/want to talk about life, Harry Potter, or Shonda Rhimes! I can't wait to meet all you wonderful people!
Congratulations and welcome to UVA! I am Troy Brunson, a rising third-year from Herndon, VA. I transferred from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and it has been a great decision. I am a double major in Public Policy and Youth and Social Innovation in the Batten and Curry Schools. Here at UVA I am on the Club Handball Team, mentor an elementary schooler through College Mentors for Kids, and am a TSPA. Transferring here can feel daunting, but thankfully everyone here is happy to help. When you arrive on Grounds, the best advice I have is to get out and get involved! Feel free to contact me whenever about anything—transfer related or not. Welcome to UVA!
Congratulations on choosing the University of Virginia! My name is Zac Maslia and I'm a rising fourth year in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Born and raised in Atlanta, I spent my first year studying Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. After wanting a broader liberal-arts based education, I transferred to UVA. It was at first daunting, leaving home and arriving at a school knowing only a few other students. However, after spending more time on Grounds and getting more involved, I felt exponentially better. Outside of being a TSPA and my work with the Transfer Advisory Board, I work with a professor on research, am a member of the gender-inclusive service fraternity, volunteer with different Madison House programs, and am a member of 1in4. I was in your shoes not too long ago and completely understand that you probably have some questions and concerns, so I encourage you to reach out to me through email, Facebook, or by phone!