Transition Ambassador Program

TRANSFER YOUR POTENTIAL

 

TRANSITION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:

Making the decision to transfer to a new college/university can often be an overwhelming experience for many students.  Through the Transition Ambassador Program (TAP), incoming transfer and adult learner (22+ beginner) students will be assigned a Transition Ambassador, a current WMU student. The Transition Ambassador will assist incoming students as they make their transition to the University by helping to facilitate a supportive network through regular communication (phone, email or in-person).  In addition, the Transition Ambassador will help to raise awareness of services/resources available on campus and throughout the Kalamazoo community.  Ambassadors are responsible for planning regular programs, activities, workshops and events specifically for students.

Take a minute to meet our staff.  As you read the biographies, you may find yourself with a question or two, go ahead and reach out to that ambassador. 

 

MEET THE STAFF: 

Tara Schafer

Position: Graduate Assistant
Class standing: Graduate Student
Master's Concentration: Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Concentration
Email:  ost-graduateassistant@wmich.edu 

Words from Tara: I transferred to WMU from Lansing Community College my sophomore year. During my undergraduate studies, I worked in the Office of Student Transitions as a Transfer Ambassador and a Fall Welcome Ambassador. After I graduated with my bachelor's degree, I took a semester off to work and then started the higher education and student affairs (HESA) concentration in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program in August, 2018. Outside of class and work, I love reading, board games/card games, hiking, kayaking, and hammocking. The best thing I did for my college experience was getting involved, which can be done in so many different ways, from getting a job on campus to interacting with your classmates.

Strengths: Input, Restorative, Intellection, Responsibility, Context

 

Grace Hearl

Position: Assistant Program Manager
Class standing: Junior
Major/minor: Secondary Education
Email:  transfer-services@wmich.edu 

Words from Grace: I have been an Orientation Student Leader, FYS Co-Facilitator, Fall Welcome Ambassador, Student Orientation Coordinator, and Peer Mentor. Additionally, I am a part of a few registered student organizations on campus including Alpha Xi Delta and Leadcorp. I love dogs, running and iced coffee! My biggest advice is to not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and get involved!

Strengths: Achiever, Communication, Developer, Learner, Restorative

 

Allie Adent

 
Position: Transfer Ambassador
Class standing: Senior
Major/minor: Aerospace Engineering/Mathematics
Transfer from: Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana
Email:  ost-transfer2@wmich.edu 

Words from Allie: Hi, everyone! I love playing soccer, running, as well as hanging out with the amazing friends that I've made here. I am always out and about enjoying the many things there are to do on campus, as well as the countless number of clubs here for us students to join! You'll never have a dull moment at WMU, so make sure you get out, have some fun, and see how much this school has to offer!

Strengths: Restorative, Futuristic, Arranger, Significance, Learner

 

 

(Jack) Tuiasi Burgess

Position: Transfer Ambassador
Class standing: Senior
Major/minor: Computer Information Systems
Transfer from: Tarrant County College - Fort Worth, Texas
Email:  ost-transfer6@wmich.edu 

Words from Tuiasi: Talofa and Malo Lelei, welcome to WMU.  One of my favorite things to do (when I have time away from school and work) is to be outdoors. Michigan gives me a lot of chance to be out, although as an islander walking in flip-flops in February is tough.  I love that Kalamazoo is a college town but also keeps its small-town feel.  The school seems to welcome you in like family.  The four-year world is very different from the community college, but part of the college experience is to step outside your comfort zone.  As a Polynesian just coming so far North away from my friends, family and culture was part of that experience.  My advice to incoming students is to explore yourself, your culture and your perceptions by stepping outside your box too!

Strengths: Restorative,Individualization, Connectedness, Learner, Relator

 

McKenzie Reilly


Position:
Transfer Ambassador
Class standing: Senior
Major/minor: Early Childhood Education
Transfer from: Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Email:  ost-transfer1@wmich.edu 

Words from McKenzie: In my spare time I like to hammock around campus, hangout with friends, and do DIY projects. My advice to incoming transfer students is to get involved and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Choosing to come to Western to further my education was the best decision I could have made and I am looking forward to helping other transfer students with their transition. Go Broncos!

Strengths: Harmony, Restorative, Arranger, Discipline, Individualization


 

Sam Jimenez


Position:
Transfer Ambassador
Class standing: Junior
Major/minor: Music Education Major with General Business Minor
Email:  ost-transfer5@wmich.edu 

Words from Sam: In my free time I enjoy dancing, roller balding, playing trumpet, and meeting new people. During my time at campus, I’ve been involved with Bronco Marching band, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Western Student Association, and The Office of Student Transitions. A couple short little quotes that I love are “Tweak and Recover”. Tweak and recover means that no matter how challenging life may seem in the moment, it’s always possible to bounce back.  #tweakandrecover

Strengths:  Strategic, Communication, Futuristic, Developer, Positivity