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Transfer Transitions Mentor Program

What is the Transfer Transitions Mentor Program?

The Transfer Transitions mentor program matches new transfer students with a Transfer Transition Leader, a student leader in The Center for Student Success who is a transfer student. Three to four times a semester, Transfer Transitions Leaders meet with their mentees one-on-one, or with their small group (all new transfer students). At the end of every semester, the Transfer Transition Leaders will host one large event for the entire cohort of mentees. 

I’ll be a new transfer student on campus this fall! Should I apply to have a peer mentor?

Yes! A peer mentor is a great resource to help ease the transition into the Southern Miss community. In the one-on-one meetings with your mentor, you will set goals for the semester, learn about campus resources, and get to ask your peer mentor questions about their experience as a transfer student. Students with a peer mentor may also get together in small groups throughout the semester. The small group structure allows new transfer students to connect and build relationships with other new transfer students. 

How do I apply? 

Incoming transfer students can apply to have a peer mentor (Transfer Transitions Leader) by completing the application below. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 21, 2020. 

Transfer Transitions Mentee Application

Meet the Mentors

Briana Burton

Briana Burton

Hometown: Gautier, MS
Transferred From: Jones College
Major: Social Work
USM Involvement: Student Alumni Association

Javinte Faulk

Javinte Faulk

Hometown: Lafayette, LA
Transferred From: Jackson State University
Major: Public Health
USM Involvement: NAACP

Zaida Gonzalez

Zaida Gonzalez

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Transferred From: University of the Cumberlands
Major: Exercise Science

Tandra Griffith

Tandra Griffith

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Transferred From: University of Mississippi
Major: Social Work
USM Involvement: Bachelors of Social Work Club

Abby St. John

Abby St. John

Hometown: Covington, LA
Transferred From: Southeastern Louisiana University
Major: Psychology/Pre-Law
USM Involvement: Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Criminal Justice Student Association

Antara Sharma

Antara Sharma

Hometown: Brandon, MS
Transferred From: Hinds Community College
Major: Biology
USM Involvement: American Chemical Society, Student Eagle Club

Mary Sterling

Mary Sterling

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Transferred From: Southwest Tennessee Community College
Major: Marine Biology
USM Involvement: Environmental Sciences organization

Caitlin Sumrall

Caitlin Sumrall

Hometown: Poplarville, MS
Transferred From: Pearl River Community College
Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
USM Involvement: Honor College Keystone program, TSA Vice President, Delta Sigma Pi and Eta Sigma Delta honor societies

Kaitlyn Taylor

 Kaitlyn Taylor

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Transferred From: Xavier University of Louisiana
Major: Kinesiology
USM Involvement: Learning Assistant Programs

Talexis Williams

Talexis Williams

Hometown: Southaven, MS
Transferred From: Northwest Mississippi Community College
Major: Forensics
USM Involvement: Afro-American Student Organization, NAACP

 

I'd like to be a Transfer Transitions peer mentor! Where do I sign up?

Transfer Transitions Leaders (TTLs) are volunteer transfer student leaders in The Center for Student Success who serve as mentors and guides for new transfer students at Southern Miss. TTLs are selected through an application process in the spring semester, attend multiple trainings, and serve as a Transfer Transition Leader for the following academic year.