Transfer Student Network

The Transfer Student Network (TSN) is a program designed to help first-semester transfer students feel comfortable at the U. Through one-on-one Coffee-Chats and large group events, new transfer students are able to connect with other transfer students and find community at the U. These events are supported by our Transfer Insiders: transfer students who have made a successful transition to the University of Minnesota and are dedicated to enhancing the transfer student experience.

All first semester transfer students will automatically receive Transfer Student Network communications and event invitations. One-on-one Coffee Chats are a great opportunity to talk with a Transfer Insider about their experiences. They can answer your questions, give advice, or point you to a campus resource. Connect with them while enjoying a free Starbucks drink - courtesy of OTE!

Want to get connected to a Transfer Insider? Sign up at z.umn.edu/CoffeeChats to request a Coffee Chat. You can also indicate if you want to request a chat with a specific Insider!

If you have any additional questions about TSN or would like to learn more about how to get involved after your first semester, please email transfer@umn.edu.

Get to know our Transfer Insiders!

Kasie Falkenberg: I am a transfer student from John Tyler Community College in Richmond, VA and I transferred in the Fall 2016. I am majoring in Global Studies with minors in Public Health and Leadership Currently, I work with the Leadership Minor as an intern and event coordinator, I also work for the Gopher Chauffeur, and I am a section leader for CLA 3001 Transfer Semester Experience. Further, I am a member of the Undergraduate Public Health Association, and served as a Public Health Ambassador in Fall 2016. I got involved with these activities through the Leaders in Transition Living Learning Community and taking the first Leadership Minor class (LEAD 1961W), being a Health Advocate for my dorm last year, and going to the clubs mentioned in lectures that interested me. Advice I have for you is to find out what opportunities are available that revolve around things you are passionate about! I have found that finding a community of like-minded people made me feel welcome and gave me a sense of belonging. Reach out to other students in class, professors, and advisers to ask about what opportunities are out there!

Aislinn Hernandez: Hello! I transferred from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD in the Fall of 2017. I am majoring in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. I am currently involved in the Leadership Minor, and the Leaders in Transition Living Learning Community (LLC). The LLC emphasized the Leadership Minor to be a small, tight-knit community, and that's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks to those within the Minor I have found a slight push to try new activities, and I'll be doing an internship this summer in San Francisco. I hope to be more involved on campus and helping other transfer students transition but networking and making connections has made an enormous difference in my interactions on campus. A piece of advice I have is to branch out! You don't have to try something new every day or every week but try new things once in a while. You'll be surprised at how many events are regularly occurring, and if you don't like it, at least there's usually free food to make up for it! New activities allow you to experiment and establish a greater sense of what you're interested in. By far, the best part is meeting new people and making new friends.

Cody Johannsen:

Emily Luebke: I’m Emily and I am currently a sophomore here at the U! I am a strategic communication major in hopes of doing a design minor along with that. I transferred to the U after attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. This is only my second semester here, but last semester I joined a few clubs. The two clubs that I am currently involved in are Advertising Club and Verge which are both geared towards students who are interested in advertising! A piece of advice that I would give to new transfer students would be to step out of your comfort zone. Say hi to new people in your classes, go to different events that you normally wouldn’t, and just get out and into your new community as much as possible!

Elisabeth Parr:

Julia Post:

Emily Richardson:

Fatima Salah: I transferred to the U from Century College and I am majoring in English here. My schedule is pretty hectic this month and due to that I wasn't able to be involved with as many things as I wanted to. However, after taking a Transfer Experience course last semester, my section leader let me know of this opportunity to be a Transfer Insider so I decided to apply. Through being a Transfer Insider, I get to connect with many transfer students who are going through the same things I did when I first transferred here. The Transfer Student Network contributed largely to me adjusting here and I hope that I can do that for others as well Some advice I have for transfer students is to be more open to new opportunities and try to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. You never know where it could lead you.

Diah Swenson: Hello! I transferred from Normandale Community College. Here at the U of M, I am doing a Bachelor's of Individualized Studies with concentrations in Health Psychology, Public Health, Health and Wellness Promotion and a minor in Communication Studies Starting in my first semester at the U of M, I worked at the Recreation and Wellness Center. This semester I am not currently involved in much on campus. I visit the RecWell several times a week and I attend their PAWS (Pet Away Worry & Stress) event every Monday where you are able to meet and pet dogs. I am currently looking at working and volunteering on campus this summer to add to my resume. Advice I have is to get involved. Utilize your resources. Get to know your teachers. Take chances. Step outside of your comfort zone. Have fun.

Abigail Zellman:

Tianyu Zhai:

Kasie Falkenberg: I am a transfer student from John Tyler Community College in Richmond, VA and I transferred in the Fall 2016. I am majoring in Global Studies with minors in Public Health and Leadership Currently, I work with the Leadership Minor as an intern and event coordinator, I also work for the Gopher Chauffeur, and I am a section leader for CLA 3001 Transfer Semester Experience. Further, I am a member of the Undergraduate Public Health Association, and served as a Public Health Ambassador in Fall 2016. I got involved with these activities through the Leaders in Transition Living Learning Community and taking the first Leadership Minor class (LEAD 1961W), being a Health Advocate for my dorm last year, and going to the clubs mentioned in lectures that interested me. Advice I have for you is to find out what opportunities are available that revolve around things you are passionate about! I have found that finding a community of like-minded people made me feel welcome and gave me a sense of belonging. Reach out to other students in class, professors, and advisers to ask about what opportunities are out there!

Fadumo Salah: I transferred to the U from Century College and I am majoring in English here. My schedule is pretty hectic this month and due to that I wasn't able to be involved with as many things as I wanted to. However, after taking a Transfer Experience course last semester, my section leader let me know of this opportunity to be a Transfer Insider so I decided to apply. Through being a Transfer Insider, I get to connect with many transfer students who are going through the same things I did when I first transferred here. The Transfer Student Network contributed largely to me adjusting here and I hope that I can do that for others as well Some advice I have for transfer students is to be more open to new opportunities and try to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. You never know where it could lead you.