"Being able to contribute to the development of Teal Bridge has been such an honor and a privilege. When I transferred here, there were not any programs specifically for transfer students that would help them become acclimated to UNCW. Incoming freshmen have Seahawk links, and now transfer students have a mentor program. Teal Bridge pairs incoming transfer students with a mentor who has also transferred to the university, but has become established here. The mentors serve as liaisons between UNCW and their "mentees" by helping them become involved around campus, familiarizing them with campus resources, aiding in the adjustment to new classes and a new campus layout; and by being a friendly face to catch up with over coffee or lunch. Incoming transfers have to go through a short application process and survey in order for us to pair them with a mentor who is similar to them. We create the pairs based on mutual interests, institutions transferred from, and by major. This process helps to ensure that the pairs already have common ground. There are workshops throughout the semester that the mentor/mentee pairs attend, which are all designed to help with their overall success at the university. We also plan activities, fundraisers, and dinners in order to foster a successful social environment.
As a student coordinator, seeing the overall enthusiasm from incoming transfer students is truly amazing. It brings me so much joy to know that other students are as excited about the university as I am and that I can contribute to making UNCW their home."
Want to learn more? Visit the Transition Programs website for more information: http://uncw.edu/transitions/