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Modeled after UC San Diego's Student Success Coaching Program, Transfer Peer Coaching is here to support transfer students' academic, personal, and professional success through a variety of coaching programs and services.

Our student coaches are NASPA Certified Peer Educators trained through our College of Reading and Learning Association certified program, trained to help students achieve their goals. Through coaching, we offer campus navigation, academic and career support, information, skill development, and encouragement that both motivates you and equips you with skills to be successful while navigating your time at UC San Diego and beyond.  We seek to help you establish meaningful connections on campus which guide you through your academic, professional, and personal journey. 

You are encouraged to have regular coaching sessions, but if your need is to talk with a peer coach for quick questions, such as where to find the right services, you are welcome to do so!

Not only are our coaches receiving credit towards their Co-Curricular Record, but students who participate in 10 hours of coaching over the academic year also receive CCR credit.





Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I seek out a Transfer Peer Coach?

  • Whether you have a long-term goal or a quick question, Transfer Peer Coaches are here to help you through it! You could seek out a coach for many reasons. Some popular ones are:
    • Desire to get connected on campus.
    • Interest in having a mentor who has gone through similar experiences.
    • Support for adjusting from semester to quarter.
    • Need to think out a post-graduation goal, such as career or graduate school decisions.
    • Help with registration tools or understanding IGETC certification.
    • Feelings of isolation on campus.
    • Feelings of struggle within coursework.
    • The need for an "accountability buddy" as it relates to your time here at UC San Diego.

What is the time commitment?

  • There is no time commitment - reach out to talk to a peer coach anytime! However, if you do want CCR certification, we encourage you to meet with your Transfer Peer Coach 2 -3 times per quarter. Meeting times range from 30-minutes to 1-hour.
  • Your coach will provide you with activities to complete that directly relate to your goals. Completing these before your meetings will be helpful for you and your coach to debrief and make next steps. Activities might include:
    • Academic and community-based programming
    • Faculty office hours
    • Visiting a relevant resource on campus
    • Participating in major- and career-focused activities 
  • You can also meet with a coach for quick questions. These meetings may be drop-in during Hub hours, reaching out to coaches through Teams, or by appointment.

I live off campus and it's hard to make time for extra activities. What are my options?

  • We can definitely accommodate you digitally! Let us know your availability. 

How do I talk to a Transfer Peer Coach?

Meet Your Transfer Peer Coaches!


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Ash Shahani

I speak Hindi!

I am an International Student.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Business Psychology

College: Warren

Transferred from: Laney College, Oakland

When I'm not studying you can find me... hiking, working out, salsa dancing!

The advice I have for transfer students is... prioritize your mental health, academics and social life (in that order).




bruce21.jpgBruce Xu

International Transfer Peer Coach


Pronouns: he/him/his

Major: Masters in International Affairs

Transferred from: Santa Barbara City College

When I'm not studying you can find me... at the beach, mountains and any place is really beautiful

The advice I have for transfer students is... don’t feel you are not below the UCSD community. As a pervious transfer student, I want to say make new friends, and it will make you to engage UCSD really easy. 





Nicole Kim

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Cognitive Science

College: Marshall

Transferred from: De Anza College

When I'm not studying you can find me... at the beach with my closest friends watching the sunset.

The advice I have for transfer students is... don't be afraid to reach out to those around you! You never know, sometimes your future best friend might just be around the corner! Study hard and have fun just as hard! Time flies fast so you should enjoy college to the fullest!




nikkiNikki Cruz

I am a First-Generation college student!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Cognitive Science

College: Revelle

Transferred from: Lake Tahoe Community College

When I'm not studying you can find me... at the beach!

The advice I have for transfer students is... to get comfortable with campus







Samashti Patel

I speak Gujarati and Hindi!

I am an International Student!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Mechanical Engineering

College: Muir

Transferred from: San Diego Miramar College

When I'm not studying you can find me... On the hammocks at Price Center, surfing at the beach, working for an NGO, or with friends exploring new food joints!!

The advice I have for transfer students is... Try to make friends at UCSD! Do what you enjoy doing and don't be scared to participate in all the campus events. Reach out to various departments at school to find things of your interest and opportunities that can help you excel.





Urwa Kainat

I speak Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi!

I am a First-Generation college student!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Public Health

College: Marshall

Transferred from: El Camino College

When I'm not studying you can find me... spending time with my family, admiring scenic views, trying out new food spots, and hanging out with Vivian.

The advice I have for transfer students is... to remind yourself to take things step by step, find the extracurriculars that you find your passion in and start there. As your time at UCSD continues, more opportunities will come your way and you'll find yourself balancing everything a lot more easily!





Vivian Cerrito

I am a First-Generation college student! ¡Yo hablo español!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Sociology

Minor: Psychology 

College: Sixth

Transferred from: Norco Community College

When I'm not studying you can find me... drinking iced coffee, wasting too much money on clothes/shoes, and hanging out with Urwa.

The advice I have for transfer students is... to take advantage of the resources the school has to offer.




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