ABOUT TRANSFER ASSISTANTS
Transfer Assistants (TAs) are dedicated student leaders who serve as mentors to incoming transfer students, planning programs that will aid in their transition to college. Transfer Assistants work with the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement to plan, promote, and implement initiatives specifically focused on transfer students.


TRANSFER ASSISTANT MISSION STATEMENT
Transfer Assistants (TAs) are dedicated student leaders who serve as mentors to incoming transfer student
We, the Transfer Assistants of 2015-2016, are here to engage and inform new transfer students of Fall and Spring semester with the overarching goal of student involvement. In addition, we want to advance their knowledge of the resources offered by the University of Miami whether it be traditions, events or academic opportunity.


TRANSFER ASSISTANT STAFF

MERCEDES ALVAREZ-GECHIDJIAN
MERCEDES ALVAREZ-GECHIDJIAN

mla30@miami.edu
Transfer Group: 3

“Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by the University of Miami Transfer Assistants page! My name is Mercedes Alvarez-Gechidjian, I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but was raised in Yerevan, Armenia. I transferred to the University of Miami fall 2014 after finishing my freshman year at Nova Southeastern University. I am currently a Junior majoring in International Studies, with minors in Business Law and Finance. I am involved in various clubs/organizations, including the Armenian Student Association.”





MASSIEL LEIVA
MASSIEL LEIVA

m.leiva@umiami.edu
Transfer Group: 5  

“Hi I'm a junior majoring in Human and Social Development, Philosophy, and International Studies on a pre-law track. You can find me sitting around campus enjoying the weather, under one of our trees reading a book, or working out in our wellness center. The University of Miami has so much to offer and I get the greatest satisfaction when I can demonstrate that to others. Go Canes!” 






STEPHANIE MAGOON
STEPHANIE MAGOON

stephanie.magoon@miami.edu
Transfer Group: 6 

“Hi, my name is Stephanie Magoon. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and Biology. I am a native of Miami, and I have lived here my whole life.  I transferred to UM after completing my Fall semester from Florida International University. I have attended UM for a short amount of time, but I have used this time wisely by becoming heavily involved with several service organizations on campus, and founding a new chapter on campus called Nourish International. I also hold 2 jobs, an internship position, and a research position. If there is anything you should know about UM, it is that here, anything is possible.”


RACHEL PRICE
RACHEL PRICE
rachelprice96@gmail.com
Transfer Group: 1 

“Hi my name is Rachel Price I am a Junior at the U. I am majoring in Microbiology and Immunology and minoring in Psychology. I transferred last Fall and I've had the greatest time here. I am involved in Chi Omega and Hillel and Chabad.”







RICK PRUSS
RICK PRUSS

rxp248@miami.edu
Transfer Group: 4 

“Hi, my name is Rick Pruss and I’m a junior with a double major in International Studies and Political Science. I also happen to be a U.S. Military veteran and the president of Veteran Student Organization here at The U. My objective is to make sure your transition to the University of Miami is as smooth as possible. So please feel free to contact me for any help you may need, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing you around campus. Welcome to The U!”





COURTNEY SCHMIDT
COURTNEY SCHMIDT

c.schmidt3@umiami.edu
Transfer Group: 2

“My name is Courtney and I transferred to the University of Miami in the fall of 2015. I am currently a junior studying art, religion, and marketing, but I have a decent background and knowledge of other areas of study and programs offered at the university. I also have ventured out and have relations with multiple organizations on campus. I take pride in being a Miami Hurricane and love this university. I have a passion and competitive spirit for both athletics and the arts. In my spare time I love to watch movies, travel, and take photographs.”





ABOUT TRANSFER ASSISTANTS
RACHEL ENSINGRACHEL ENSING
Graduate Assistant, Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
Student Activities Center, suite 203
ensing@miami.edu
305-284-9363

Rachel is a graduate student at the University of Miami studying Higher Education Enrollment Management beginning in the Fall 2015. Prior to her arrival at the U, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and spent the past few years as an Admissions Officer in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Rachel currently also advises the Transfer Assistant staff and the Transfer Student Association.