Heather Adams Transfer Student Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org
With over twenty years of experience in public speaking, fundraising, multimedia marketing, public relations, and career coaching in the Entertainment Industry, Heather Adams currently focuses on overseeing the development of the Transfer Program in the Bruin Resource Center at UCLA. A non-traditional transfer student herself, Heather has been an advocate for students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds since enrolling at Santa Monica Community College and transferring to UCLA, where she graduated with honors. Heather’s primary research has focused on the non-traditional and transfer student experience, institutional shifts that best serve this growing and diverse population, and ways in which to strengthen career development opportunities for college students and promote fluid collaborations between universities and the workforce.
Joe HernandezStudent Staffjohernandez@saonet.ucla.edu
I’m not your average, ordinary Joe! I’m a first-year transfer from Pierce College studying International Development Studies and I, like many of my transfer colleagues, was slow to get going when I first arrived last year. In fact, it took a serious injury to slow me down and humble myself enough to realize where I was and how I got here. It was during Bruin Transfer Pride Week that I had the opportunity to build community and speak to other Bruins who were experiencing all the feelings that I was. I soon realized that THIS IS WHERE I BELONG. I want all transfers to experience UCLA like it was presented to me my first quarter. By participating in extracurricular activities, taking advantage of all the resources, and developing relationships with other outstanding students I have had the most amazing time here! I have some pretty wonderful mentors and I have plugged into this way of life. I’m here to be of maximum service to the Transfer Community and my advice to my fellow students is to “walk slow, it’s not a dream, you’re really here… enjoy and treasure it”
I’m here in you need me and so are other amazing transfer center interns so stop on by so we can get to know each other!
Abraham RamirezStudent Staffabramirez@saonet.ucla.edu
My name is Abraham “Abe” Ramirez. I’m an English major and a recent transfer from Mount San Antonio College. While at Community College, I was a student instructor, and I received an Associate Degree in English. I was also the newsletter editor for the Honors Program and the president of the Honors Ambassadors club. Now at UCLA, my goal is to become a better writer. I’ve published newsletters, journalism articles, and long-form articles. I hope to eventually be considered a “Jack-of-all-trades” in writing. My role at the Transfer Center is to develop our web content, social media, and to be an awesome team member. I know that transfers have a unique college experience, and I’m here to help out anyone who needs it, or simply here to hang out if anyone wants to.
Let’s get to know each other!
Garrett ElliottStudent Staffgelliott@saonet.ucla.edu
Hello! My name is Garrett Elliott. I transferred from Moorpark College and I am a philosophy major. Currently, I spend most of my time outside of the classroom working to promote to value of education, both here at UCLA and within high schools across Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA this spring, I will be joining Teach for America here in Los Angeles. Additionally, I will be enrolling in classes this Fall at Loyola Marymount University in order to pursue my teaching credential and a masters degree in educational policy and administration within urban communities.
As I started college, my academic focus changed several times. Through all of this change, I realized one thing remained constant—I wanted to help people. As I prepared to transfer from community college to UCLA, I noticed several issues with how the educational systems around me worked. At first, I was confused and frustrated by the inequities that I saw, but after taking some time for reflection, I decided that it was time to act. That was when it all clicked for me. I realized that I could use my passion for helping others to affect the issues that I saw in our educational systems. From that point on I have devoted my time to closing the educational divide as a counselor, mentor, and coach.
No matter what your situation, remember that “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Ashi HoffmanStudent Staffahoffman@saonet.ucla.edu
Hi there! My name is Ashi Hoffman.I transferred to UCLA last fall as a junior from Santa Monica College. In the beginning of the quarter I had a hard time meeting people and making friends, so I decided to create a few meet-ups on campus. Pretty soon I was also doing weekly group hikes.Soon after, UCLA's Transfer Office hired me to better your lives as transfer students by continuing and expanding upon the things I did last fall. I am honored to be entrusted with this opportunity, and I look forward to personally meeting each and every one of you.Some fun facts about me:I love to paint and play music.The beach is my second home.I love pizza. And puppies. And cashews.I love you, you special transfer student you.
Anne DizonStudent Staffadizon@saonet.ucla.edu
Hey yo! How are y'all doing? I'm Anne, a 4th year Psychology major. When I first transferred to UCLA, I was intimidated by the quickness of the quarter system (10 weeks) because I was just so used to the semester system (20+ weeks). It may seem difficult at first but you'll eventually adjust. It took me at least a week to adapt to the pace while juggling extracurricular activities such as Foundations, PTSP, UniCamp, jobs, etc. Just keep doing something productive (i.e., do readings or home works) every single day so that you don't fall behind. If you find yourself falling behind, do not panic! It's NOT the end of the world. Keep cool, be positive, and do your very best to catch up. If you need academic or emotional or any other kind of support, don't hesitate to visit me or any of the transfer interns in the Transfer Center (currently, the Bruin Resource Center). :-)
Just a little quote to keep y'all strong and motivated: "There are better starters than me but I'm a strong FINISHER." - Usain Bolt. Remember, there will always be people who are smarter than you but don't let them stop you from reaching your dreams.
Christine WatersStudent Staffcwaters@saonet.ucla.edu
My name is Christine ‘Cami’ Waters. I transferred from East Los Angeles Community College and am a Gender Studies major. Currently I volunteer working with woman who have experienced trauma and are rebuilding their lives. After graduating UCLA, hopefully I will pursue my Masters in Social work (MSW) and continue to get my Ph.D. in Psychology to better help other women.
Along with being a student, I am also a single mother to a beautifully energetic and sharp witted 3 year old who is constantly keeping me on my toes. The journey to get to UCLA has been one of the most rewarding times for me and I feel grateful to be able to bring my daughter along for the journey. As parenting students, being able to bring our children on campus, I believe sends such a powerful message that will stick with our children forever!
A few things I like to remind myself: Stop. Breathe. Take in the surroundings and remember we are never given more than we can handle-Challenged, but never more than we are capable of!!!! We all have our own individual mark to leave on this world, so let’s mark it up!!!!