Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 2pm
Transfer Student Program Director
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.
Transfer Student Program Director
John Maldonado is a recent alumnus of UCLA where he earned his B.A. in Political Science. While as a student at UCLA, John served as vice president of the Student Veterans of America, an intern with the Veteran Resource Office, and as an intern with the Dean of Students Office. John previously served four years of active duty in the United States Navy where he completed two combat deployments. Additionally, he is a graduate of Naval Aircrew Candidate School and Naval Aviation Search and Rescue Swimmer school. He finished his service in 2013 with the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class and an honorable discharge. John is a certified peer support specialist, with focuses on veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental health first aid. While serving in his role with the Transfer Student Center, John seeks to complete a dual degree with a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Planning.
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!
My name is Ani! You might recognize me posting quite often on the Transfer Students Page. ;) I am a fourth year, first-gen, Sociology major, and a Public Affairs minor! I transferred from Glendale Community College. Transferring to UCLA was the scariest, most enriching experience. Joining clubs and organizations has been a great way for me to feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am a member of the pre law society here at UCLA, secretary of Tau Sigma Honor Society, and a member of the Armenian Students Association.
My number one tip for transfers is to trust your gut and remember that you deserve to be here, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The quarter system might bring you down, but remember that you have endless resources and a wonderful and supportive community, unlike any other, cheering you on!
My name is Carmel, and I am currently a Senior studying Political Science and Education. I am a first generation, non-traditional transfer student with a determination to defy obstacles and overcome in order to help others facing similar challenges. I am an optimist and intend to spend the rest of my life fighting for educational reform and the improvement of education!
When I think about my journey, I am reminded of two things: The incredible influence of mentors and individuals who believed in me before I believed in myself and the power of perspective. Most of us cannot become our best self without community and personal support, and for this reason, I am a huge advocate of mentorship! Yet even surrounded by incredible people many choose to focus on obstacles instead of the goals, the hardships instead of beauty, the things that they do not have as opposed to the opportunities surrounding them. After navigating a loss of mobility for several months and a serious diagnosis I began to realize just how powerful our perspective of life can be. I refuse to face life on the defense, and I invite you to join me in being thankful, genuine people who take on challenges with creative determination! I love how Albert Einstein encapsulates this idea of perspective and its transformative power, and I hope it inspires you as well: "The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
Hey Everyoooonnnee! It's meeeeeee Cassidy!! Most commonly known as the girl with the pink hair! Just to tell you a little bit about me, I'm a fourth year, first-gen, veteran dependent, transfer student, and also currently a commuter; majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Geography/Environmental Studies. I transferred from Moreno Valley College in the city of Moreno Valley lol Some of my favorite things include food and eating the food! I am also a lover of memes, gifs, and watching videos of little baby animals! ^.^
About my experience of transferring to UCLA: I remember when I first transferred here to UCLA, I experienced many of the worries and fears you all are currently going through. Feelings of doubt, unworthiness, loneliness, and much more. They were tough times. I wasn't involved in any clubs, organizations, or jobs on campus and I also didn't seek out opportunities. So you could imagine the feelings and thoughts I had while comparing myself to my peers. BUUT what I learned is that it's never too late to seek out help and community, and that is exactly what I eventually did! It took a while but I'm so glad I did! In the spring quarter, I went to the transfer center and just talked to the amazing team members. I started attending more events hosted by the transfer center and other entities of the campus. I really started to immerse myself, which later led me to where I am now, working at the Transfer Center!
So if I had one tip to give, it would be to talk to people, seek out help, ask questions, compliment people, speak your mind. Go to any and every event, workshop, presentation that you have time and are able to go to! And remember! We here at the Transfer Center (team and community) know what it feels like and what you could be going through, and that is why we are here! To help you! And be there for you!
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!!!!
Hola! My name is Libni Garcia and I am originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. I am a 4th-year transfer from East Los Angeles College (ELAC) majoring in Chicana/o Studies and minoring in Education. During my time at UCLA I have been involved with CCCP and interning with the 580 Cafe. My three favorite things are dogs, chocolate, and food. I love meeting new transfer and being able to share my experience and learn from theirs too. My favorite hobbies are sketching, photography, dancing, and watching gymnastic competitions. I am an advocate for mental health, body positivity, and self love!
This is my first year working at the Transfer Center and I love being able to interact with other transfer students! I am one of the coordinators for volunteer program, I also edit the events calendar, and from time to time I create flyers, do social media, and even photography.
Tip for Transfers: Take advantage of the awesome events that happened on Transfer Pride week 3 and De-stress week 10 at the Transfer Center! You will be able to get good, tea, coffee, and swag!
My name is Yijia Li, but widely known as Lisa Li. I am a fourth year English major. I am a huge Shakespeare fan (LOVE HIM FOREVER)! I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and moved to California in 2012 and took many many many ESL classes at Long Beach City College. I am a first-gen, non-trad, commuter, and transfer student. Chocolate is one of the most important components of my life and balloon is my sworn enemy. My favorite quote is "Nothing will come of nothing". Tips for transfers: make as much friends as you could and enjoy your time at UCLA.
The Transfer Student Center is open Monday- Thursday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and
Friday from 9:00am - 2:00 pm.