Transfer Ambassador Program

Transfer Ambassador Program

Making the decision to transfer to a new college/university can often be an overwhelming experience for many students.  Through the Transfer Ambassador Program (TAP), incoming transfer students will be assigned a Transfer Ambassador, a current WMU student. The Transfer 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 Transfer 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 transfer students.

 

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Brenna Ingram

Position: Transfer Student Services Intern

Class Standing: Senior

Major/Minor: Marketing with minors in General Business, Business Analytics, and Economics

Transfer From: Grand Rapids Community College, in Grand Rapids, MI

 Email: transfer-services@wmich.edu

 Words from Brenna: Hello, my name is Brenna Ingram and I am in my 5th year of college here at Western Michigan University. I transferred here after spending three years at community college. Both my older brothers went to WMU, so I knew it would be a good fit for me. I spent my first year in the transfer residence halls and met a lot of my close friends through that experience. I also made a point to join a couple registered student organizations at the business college, but wish I would have branched out more throughout campus my first year. My advice for incoming transfer students is to be open to new experiences and not to be afraid of putting yourself out there. There are a lot of cool opportunities and experiences for WMU transfer students so make sure you take advantage of those! I am always available for questions or concerns that you may have. Don't hesitate to reach out to me, or anyone at Transfer Services!


 

Matthew Bracey

Position: Transfer Ambassador Captain

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Engineering Design Technology with a minor in Communications

Transfer from: N/A

Email:  fye_transfer2@wmich.edu

Words from Matthew: Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Bracey and I'm a senior here at Western Michigan majoring in Engineering Design Technology. I have been at WMU for about 5 years and I have learned about and participated in so many different things. I've played intramural sports, planed many campus events, as well as been a part of many different programs and Registered Student Organizations. I have been heavily involved in the Campus Activities Board, the Western Student Association, and the National Society of Black Engineers, but currently I'm giving a lot of my time to the Latino Student Alliance. I also work on campus, both as a building manager in Kanley Chapel and in the Office of Transfer Student Services. As I'm sure you can see, I like to keep busy and I also like to have fun. One other thing I really enjoy is getting to know new and interesting people. Everyone has a story and I look forward to hearing most of them from you all.

Tara Schafer

Position: Transfer Ambassador Captain

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Public Relations

Transfer from: Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan

Email: fye_transfer3@wmich.edu

Words from Tara: Hi, my name is Tara Schafer and I am a senior at WMU. I transferred after one year at Lansing Community College. I lived in the residence halls my first year and now I live off campus. During my first year, I studied abroad in Ireland. When I am not in class or working, I hang out with friends, read, paint/sketch, and play music (I play piano, flute, piccolo, cello, and ukulele). One piece of advice I would give you is to not be too hard on yourself during this transition. Your life is different now and if you ever need help navigating being a transfer student, that’s what I am here for. Good luck on your first semester at WMU and, as always, it’s a great day to be a bronco!

 

Ambar Albarran

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Business Management

Transfer from: Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan

Email: fye_transfer5@wmich.edu

Words from Ambar: Hi, my name is Ambar Albarran and I am a senior at Western Michignan University. Being a part of Western is one of the best decisions I could have made. My favorite part of being a student here is that everyone is willing to help you and the business college is awesome! Some things I enjoy are playing soccer, hanging out with friends, volunteering, and reading. Some advice I would give to new transfer students is to not be afraid to ask for help! I came to Western with a bunch of questions and there are a lot of people who are in the same situation. Also, don’t be afraid to be yourself! You’d be amazed at how many people share your hobbies!

Shelby Allard

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Math

Transfer from: Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan

Email:  fye_transfer1@wmich.edu

Words from Shelby: Hi, my name is Shelby Allard and I am a transfer student here at WMU. I’m majoring in Education in my third year of college. In my spare time, I love to play sports, board games, and hang out with my friends and family. My favorite thing about being at Western is the exposure we get as students! The opportunities and experiences are endless which will be great for our future. Some advice I have for new transfer students would be to get involved! There are so many clubs that you can join to meet new people and build up your resume.

Tim Belcher

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Accountancy with a minor in General Business

Transfer from: Washtenaw Community College in Lansing, Michigan

Email:  fye_transfer4@wmich.edu

Words from Tim: I am Tim Belcher, I am currently majoring in Accountancy and will be a senior for the 2017-2018 academic year. I really love all the activities available to me at Western Michigan University. Some of the activities that are my favorite are Miller movie night, being involved in an RSO, and Bronco Bash during the fall. In addition to the student life activities available at WMU, I really enjoy being a business student. I also really enjoy all kinds of sports. My favorite sports to play are disc golf and bowling. Besides sports I really like to play video games and hang out with friends whenever possible. Some advice I would have for any new transfer students is to try and get involved in something you love and really enjoy. I would also really recommend going to your RA’s programs, if you are living in the residence halls. They are a great way to meet people and make new friends. I would also recommend to not be afraid to ask questions, if you would like to know something people are really nice and willing help you.

Brinsley Kubiak

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Dietetics

Transfer from: Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Email:  fye_transfer6@wmich.edu

Words from Brinsley: Hey! My name is Brinsley Kubiak and I’m a Dietetics major with passions for health and fitness. I also love to cook. My favorite part about being a WMU student is the challenge of getting to know a new campus, much bigger than my past experiences, and being welcomed into the culture with open arms. My advice for other transfer students is to continue to do the things you enjoy on your new campus, and to make friends along the way who share the same interests.

Jessica Poling

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Sophomore

Major/minor: Global and International Studies and Family studies with minors in Spanish, Writing and Rhetoric studies, and Holistic Health

Transfer from: University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio

Email:  fye_transfer4@wmich.edu

Words from Jessica: Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Poling and I transferred to WMU from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. I am entering my sophomore year and am currently double majoring in Global & International Studies and Family Studies. I am an active, outgoing person who enjoys traveling, biking, camping, hiking, playing with playdoh, coloring, and babysitting. I have greatly enjoyed WMU so far, in particular the diversity and acceptance on campus and the personalized instruction I have received from my instructors. I am looking forward to working with the Transfer Student Program and assisting transfer students to ensure their transition goes as smoothly as possible! Go Broncos!

Mackenzie Richardson

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Graduate Student

Major/minor: Communication and Economics

Transfer from: Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Email:  fye_transfer6@wmich.edu

Words from Mackenzie: 

Hi everyone!! My name is Mackenzie Richardson and I am a Communication major and Economics minor here at Western. My favorite part about being at Western Michigan University is the culture of the campus. Not only does WMU have a beautiful campus, but it also feels like home. The sporting events are always lively and fun, and the events on campus are always cool to be a part of and to attend. I personally enjoy writing, music, and playing any kind of sports. As such, I have taken full advantage of the various sports clubs at Western. My advice to incoming students is to get plugged into a group as soon as you can. It will make the transition much easier and far less lonely. Furthermore, friends that are made early on become like family later.

Nautika Tyler

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Accountancy

Transfer from: Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Email:  fye_transfer5@wmich.edu

Words from Nautika: My name is Nautika Tyler and currently I am a Junior at Western Michigan University. I love hanging out with friends, as long as we are together I am having a great time. There are multiple different activities that I love to take part in, but I love movies the most, especially romance. My favorite part of Western Michigan University has to be the community. Everyone is really welcoming and helpful. There are so many different activities and groups of people that are open to all. My biggest advice to all incoming transfer students is to not be afraid to join in new things. It may be hard to be coming into a new place, but joining in the different organizations and meeting new people makes it so much easier.