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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!


Alexis.JPGAlexis Linares-Sierra

¡Yo hablo español!

I am a First-Generation College Student 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Communication with a Minor in Public Services

College: Marshall

Transferred from: Santa Monica College

When I'm not studying you can find me...playing tennis, watching Netflix, at Target, or at a Starbucks drive through ordering my daily iced coffee

The advice I have for transfer students take things day by day, have that balance of your academics and a mental health check, and to take advantage of any little opportunity you see because it will slowly lead into something bigger in the future!



Alo Osuna Orozco

¡Yo hablo español!

I am a First-Generation college student and a First-Generation Immigrant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major: Psychology

College: Revelle

Transferred from: Southwestern College

When I'm not studying you can find me... exploring at different hikes, or spend time with my friends and family. 

The advice I have for transfer students is... to live in the present. Being a student comes with hardships, however, if you live in the present and focus on the things you have to get done that day it will save you from so much stress. Living by this will also allow you to enjoy life and not take any moment for granted.



Bruce 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.


Christian.jpgChristian Gomez

I am a First-Generation College Student and Salvi

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Psychology

College: Revelle

Transferred from: Mount San Antonio College (Mt.SAC)

When I'm not studying you can find me...either dead asleep, playing video games, or kicking a soccer ball around in a park.

The advice I have for transfer students honestly do what makes you happy. Never let anyone tell you you can not do something, if it will make you happy go for it and if it does not work out try again. You have to live for yourself and make sure that what you are doing in life is making you happy. Finally, you never truly fail unless you give up, failure is a part of the process and embrace it as a lesson then pick yourself back up and try again. Believe in yourself and you will succeed in anything and everything you do.


kailah-for-web.jpgKailah Buchholtz

I am a first-generation college student!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 Major: International Business

College: Roosevelt

Transferred from: Cuesta College

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

The advice I have for transfer students is... get a planner!!!


Katia.jpgKatia Yuki Hastings

I am an older student!

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: International Studies - International Business

College: Muir

Transferred from: Folsom Lake College

When I'm not studying you can find me...going for a walk around campus, catching up on some Netflix shows, taking care of my indoor plant family, or cooking.

The advice I have for transfer students is...take the risk of putting yourself out there. Go to an event on campus, or virtually, attend a workshop, join a club, apply for leadership positions and/or jobs on campus. Getting involved in the community in a way that interests you and a way that you are comfortable with is the best way to feel connected to campus and to meet people! You have valuable experiences and a unique perspective to offer any organization, so take that chance!


Lisa.jpgLisa Phung

I am a First-Generation College Student

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Human Developmental Sciences

College: Earl Warren 

Transferred from: University of California, Riverside

When I'm not studying you can find or hanging out with my friends, going on outdoor adventures, swimming if the pool was opened, or just enjoying the beach and nature. If it was rainy, plans would be canceled and I would be wrapped in my blanket like a burrito on a mattress.

The advice I have for transfer students step out of your comfort zone because it is the only thing limiting you from your potentials. Don't forget that time management is also something to keep up with. However, you should still take breaks and explore San Diego while you are here, so that school work can be less overwhelming when there is a break reward at the end of a studying session.


Victoria.JPGVictoria Yu


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Microbiology

College: Muir

Transferred from: Irvine Valley College

When I'm not studying you can find me...sleeping or watching videos.

The advice I have for transfer students hard!



Annabelle.jpgYuu Wong


Pronouns: They/Them/Their

Major: Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

College: Sixth

Transferred from: Pasadena City College

When I'm not studying you can find me...drawing, listening to music, or playing video games

The advice I have for transfer students is...don't forget the experiences you had or the lessons you learned at your previous college(s). They are just as valuable to your growth as the experiences you will have at UCSD. In fact, they might help you during your time at UCSD. It's okay to not know exactly what you're doing even after transferring, this is not your final destination. Go at your own pace, and do what it takes to make your time at UCSD meaningful to you. Make mistakes and get confused, because you're here to learn. And remember, that there are people here who want to help you and see you succeed.

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