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
|We strive to create a fun, familiar, and friendly environment. We will help transfer students acclimate by providing the resources and knowledge to help them engage and find their niche as active members of the 'Cane family. To this end, we commit to being reliable, strong, and trustworthy peer mentors.
TRANSFER ASSISTANT STAFF
Transfer Group: T1
“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 Senior majoring in International Studies, with a minor in Business Law. I am involved in various clubs/organizations, including the Armenian Student Association, COISO, and the Graduate Armenian Club.”
Transfer Group: T2
“Hey everyone, my name is Mary Balise and I am a junior majoring in Psychology and Studio Art with a specialty in ceramics. I’m from San Fransisco but I'm now living permanently in South Miami. I transferred from the University of Puget Sound in Seattle for the Fall 2015 semester. In addition to being president of SpectrUM, I am the founding member of the UM chapter of oSTEM and a member of the LGBTQ+ Working Group of the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Miami.”
Transfer Group: T3
“My name is Sandy Brumaire. I am a biology major and chemistry minor. I am the second oldest of seven children in my family. I enjoy drawing and reading on my free times and going to the beach as much as possible.”
Transfer Group: T4
“My name is Fabiola Contreras, and I am an international student from Venezuela. My passion for both mental and physical health led me to work at UM hospital while pursuing a double-major in Psychology and Human Social Development and a minor in Public Health. Whenever I am not studying or working, you can find me running at the Brickell Run Club or serving as a peer mentor at the PSI CHI peer mentoring program. I am looking to forward to being a TA this semester and helping your transition to the U be a fun and successful experience!”
Transfer Group: T5
“Hi I'm a senior double-majoring in Human and Social Development & International Studies on a pre-law track. You can find me sitting around campus enjoying the weather, under a palm tree reading a book, or working out in our wellness center. My favorite involvements on campus are Homecoming, IMPACT, Cane Buddy, my sorority, and obviously working with new transfers. The University of Miami has so much to offer and I get the greatest satisfaction when I can demonstrate that to others. Go Canes!”
Transfer Group: T6
“Hi, welcome to the U! My name is Carlos Ortiz, I was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I transferred to UM in the fall of 2014 after my freshman year at American University. I am currently a Senior double majoring in Finance and Marketing. I am involved in several orgs around campus including AKPsi, the business fraternity. Feel free to contact me with any help you may need and I look forward to seeing you around campus!”
Transfer Group: T7
“I'm a senior majoring in Human Resources Management with a minor in Business Technology. I'm from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I transferred from Broward College two years ago. My hobbies include reading, journaling Zumba and watching movies. A fun fact about me is that I have a mole on my right arm that helped me learn my right from my left as a young child.”
TRANSFER ASSISTANT STAFF SUPERVISOR
Graduate Assistant, Orientation & Commuter Student Involvement
Student Activities Center, suite 203
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.