Advice From Transfer Students

Meet Our Transfer Students!

CENG | CAFES | CAED | CSM | OCOB | CLA

Please note: If one of our fellow transfers has their email listed, you are welcome to contact them with any questions you may have about their experience at Cal Poly.

CENG

Louise Ibuna

(she, her, hers)

Software Engineering Major, College of Engineering

student LouiseBefore coming to Cal Poly, Louise attended Allan Hancock College. Louise currently serves as the Vice President of Women Involved in Software and Hardware and she is also a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Pilipino Cultural Exchange and Color Coded. One resource on campus she is involved in is the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP), which became the reason she committed to Cal Poly! Louise notes, "at MEP, there is a study room where you can study or make new friends. I found a lot of transfer students or folks who had a similar background as me, which turned into close relationships." She highly encourages transfers to get out of their comfort zones and get involved so that they can meet new people. Louise also admits that identifying as a female and transfer student within engineering has its challenges. So, she recommends utilizing office hours as much as possible and not being afraid to advocate for what you need.

Email: libuna@calpoly.edu

Juan Diego Luna

(he, him, his)

Mechanical Engineering Major, College of Engineering

student JuanBefore coming to Cal Poly, Juan attended El Camino College in Torrance, CA. Juan is in Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and a part of Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). He is working on a research project with a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering department. Juan shares that "As much as I tried, I was not fully prepared for the "quarter system" and I found myself struggling at first. However, I attended study sessions, went to office hours, studied together with classmates, and worked diligently and harder than ever, but I also set some time to enjoy recreational activities like biking and going to the gym, hang out with friends I made in my WOW group and classes." He also encourages you to remember that "Everyone you meet knows something you do not: There are many resources and services available to you that can make your life easier but you might not know about them. Your peers might do, so try to constantly meet new people to find out! Also, reach out and get to know your professors because they are also great sources of information and advice and care about students more than you think." Juan loves living on campus and is happy to talk about on campus living with you!

Email: jlunaing@calpoly.edu

CAFES

Merisa Casaus

(she, her, hers)

Environmental Management and Protection major, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

student MerisaBefore coming to Cal Poly, Merisa attended Pasadena City College. Merisa is in EOP and is involved in Society for American Foresters, Graphic Information Systems and research on campus. As you navigate your transition to Cal Poly she encourages you to "find people with similar interests and cultural affiliations". Some resources Merisa has utilized and encourages you to use include Academic Services (such as tutoring and supplemental workshops), Career Services, and the Disability Resource Center. She notes that it can be hard to find groups of people you feel connected or affiliated to and encourages you to keep up with people "and sometimes being that person that goes the extra step might make the difference in that aspect."

Email: mcasaus@calpoly.edu

Hannah Heath

(she, her, hers)

Nutrition major, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

student HannahBefore coming to Cal Poly, Hannah attended MiraCosta and Palomar College. Hannah is a commuter student and a Research Assistant for two different Nutrition department research teams. "As an introvert, I had to work to actively push myself out of my comfort zone. During my first quarter, I dove in head first and spoke with faculty members I had never met before to ask if I could be involved in research with them, despite the fact that I had no research experience. They both said yes. This have opened up so many opportunities for me, and has also allowed me to build relationships with many incredible students and faculty members." Hannah is also a disability advocate on campus and is currently involved in outreach for the Chronic Illness and Pain Support group. "As a disabled student, being involved in the Disability Resource Center's Connections program has been incredibly helpful". Hannah is a 2020 WOW Leader and cannot wait to welcome transfer students to Cal Poly. 

Email: haheath@calpoly.edu

Ignacio Mata-Garcia

(he, him, his)

Agriculture Science Major, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

student IgnacioBefore coming to Cal Poly, Ignacio attended Bakersfield College. Ignacio is very committed to equity and social justice work on campus and is currently serving on the AG Ed and Comm Student Advisory Council, CAFES Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and the CPX Student Advisory Committee. He encourages transfer students "to create connections with communities and centers on campus" because he found doing this allowed him the opportunity to "develop his own SLOme" during his first quarter at Cal Poly. Some of the offices Ignacio has gotten involved with are TRIO, InterHousing Council, the Center for Service in Action and the Center for Leadership. Ignacio wishes he was better prepared for the shift from the semester to quarter system and encourages all students to prepare and use resources on campus to help with this transition.

Email: imatagar@calpoly.edu

Linda Torres

(she, her, hers)

Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences Major, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

student LindaBefore coming to Cal Poly, Linda attended Cosumnes River College and San Joaquin Delta College. Linda is the Vice President of Crops Club and a member of club Lations in Ag. She shared that clubs were a great way for her to navigate a new campus culture. Linda shared "I knew absolutely no one when I got here and I joined anything I thought would be interesting and new! Don’t be afraid to try new things even if it scares you!" She is also connected with the Cross Cultural Centers and is a CAFES Peer Advisor. Linda shares that there is "so much can be done in two years, I am proof of that! I’m almost at the end and if you start planning ahead you will have so many options and truly have a great experience outside of just school work."

Email: ltorre23@calpoly.edu

CAED

Gabriela Makita

(she, her, hers)

Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design

student GabrielaBefore coming to Cal Poly, Gabriela attended Santa Barbara City College and Cuesta College. She is an international student from Brazil and is minoring in Sustainable Environments. Gabriela currently serves as the CAED representative on the Transfer Student Advisory Council (TSAC) and is in Tau Sigma Delta. She was nervous about the transition to Cal Poly and suggests for incoming transfers "connect with others who understand and can relate to you, and sometimes that means joining clubs and meeting people outside of the classroom, but always be open minded to stretch outside of your comfort zone and remind yourself that you do belong here." She wishes she knew how fast the quarter system was compared to the semester and found Academic Services (tutoring, supplemental workshops, Hub24 in the library and more) to be really helpful with this transition. 

Email: gmakita@calpoly.edu

CSM

Diana Robinson

(she, her, hers)

Biology Major, College of Science and Mathematics

student DianaBefore attending Cal Poly, Diana attended Ventura College. She admits that transferring into a larger campus environment had its challenges. Diana is a commuter student and encourages all transfers (not just in your first year) to make appointments with faculty and college advisors"Let them know if you are struggling and they WILL help you, that is what they are there for. Go to Office hours (live outside the professors office/track them down if you need help or at all confused) and make private appointments with them." She wishes she know how "fast paced and almost unforgiving" the quarter system was when she transferred. Diana shared this reminder - "Don't wait until the night before or two days before the test to study, tests go in depth. Don't just know how to repeat the material, know and apply." 

Email: dirobins@calpoly.edu

Jaskiran Ghuman

(she, her, hers)

Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics

student JaskiranBefore coming to Cal Poly, Jaskiran attended Clovis Community College. Jaskiran is in TRIO and a member of the Transfer Student Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Association of Transfer Students. Jaskiran wants to remind transfers that "Cal Poly has so much to offer and being a transfer sometimes you don't know about everything that is offered, so don't be afraid to reach out, learn about, and utilize resources. Cal Poly is fairly small, most people are friendly, and every professor I have had has wanted their students to excel and have been very helpful to reach that goal." For incoming transfers remember that "there are upper division general education classes that you have to take and can take your first quarter at Cal Poly." Jaskiran lived on campus her first year and knows that transferring can be stressful but encourages transfers to "Join a club there are so many to choose from, make friends, enjoy sitting on the lawns, and utilize all the resources Cal Poly offers."

Email: jkghuman@calpoly.edu 

Jake Ethington

(he, him, his)

Biology Major, College of Science and Mathematics

student JakeBefore transferring to Cal Poly, Jake attended Santa Rosa Junior College. He currently lives on campus and recommends utilizing this resource along with others, like academic advising, Supplemental Workshops, Hub24 (the 24-hour study lounge), and Campus Health & Wellbeing. In addition to campus resources, Jake recommends getting involved early on. "It is a great way to meet new people and find your place on campus," he says. He also went through the process of changing his major upon coming to Cal Poly and though this process is different for every person, Jake is open to discussing what emotions came along with this and what his experience was like.

Email: jethingt@calpoly.edu

Ashley Hutcherson

Biology Major, College of Science and Mathematics

student AshleyAs a local to the San Luis Obispo region, Ashley attended Cuesta College before transferring to Cal Poly. She admits that transferring into a larger campus environment had its challenges. Ashley recommends attending WOW at the beginning of the year, as that's a great way to get introduced to campus resources and meet other students. She also advises other transfer students to connect with their faculty advisors and fellow transfers early on. This "definitely helped me to feel like I had a place to fit into," Ashley says. She also lives off campus with a non-transfer student and feels as though this helped her acclimate to SLO and the Cal Poly environment because she had someone who could show her around.

Email: ahutcher@calpoly.edu

OCOB

Adam Bustamante

(he, him, his)

Business and Real Estate Finance major, Orfalea College of Business

student AdamAdam attended Hartnell College and San Jose State University before transferring to Cal Poly. Adam is a part of the Multicultural Business Program, TRIO Achievers, Powerlifting Club, Real Estate Club, and OCOB's TransferMations. When he is not attending club events or meetings, you can find Adam utilizing resources such as Career Services and some of Cal Poly's many Cross Cultural Centers. He also recommends utilizing Campus Health & Wellbeing, Academic Advising, and the Cal Poly Food Pantry. To stay motivated, Adam would encourage other transfers to find a study buddy! Also, if you are an OCOB student, he highly recommends the OCOB Peer Mentor Program. "That helped me develop study habits and leverage particular resources," he says.

Email: abusta04@calpoly.edu

Karla Arteaga Flores

(she, her, hers)

Business Administration major, Orfalea College of Business

student KarlaBefore coming to Cal Poly, Karla attended Allan Hancock. She is a commuter student and is involved in OCOB's Transfer-Mations talks. In reflecting on coming to Cal Poly, she wishes she "knew that that was other transfers dealing with the same issues as I was. Having a community really helped." Karla joined groups in order to get involved on campus. She wants to remind transfers to ask questions -"Never feel embarrassed for having questions. The staff is here to help you!".

Email: kearteag@calpoly.edu

Paris Askren

(she, her, hers)

Business Administration Major with a concentration in accounting, Orfalea College of Business

student ParisBefore coming to Cal Poly, Paris attended Moorpark College. At Cal Poly, she has lived both on and off campus. Paris is involved the Cal Poly Accounting Club which made her "feel like I was a part of the Cal Poly community even though I was fully online." As students transfer to Cal Poly, she encourages them to "Get involved on campus! There is a club for every one and they have a positive impact on you academically and socially! Whether that be joining a club or getting an on campus job, they help you adapt to the campus environment and make life long friends!" In addition to connecting with clubs or jobs, Paris encourages students to take advantage of tutoring, study sessions, Career Services, and Campus Health & Wellbeing. 

Email: paskren@calpoly.edu

Carl Foster

(he, him, his)

Business Administration and Accounting major, Orfalea College of Business

Before coming to Cal Poly, Carl attended College of the Canyons. He currently lives on campus and is involved in many different organizations on campus including Cal Poly Accounting Club, Cal Poly Penguins and OCOB's Transfer-Mations. He admits that transitioning from semesters to quarters was a bit challenging. His best advice: "Diving into clubs helps you get your bearings and orient yourself to the new culture! If you live on campus, getting to know the people in your building through socials and events can help you make friends. All that, and taking advantage of all the wonderful resources like the Disability Resource Center, the TRIO Achievers program, and Career Services can help you build a foothold and a strong foundation for your success at Cal Poly!"

Email: cfoste18@calpoly.edu

CLA

Daniel Ibarra

(he, him, his)

Sociology major, College of Liberal Arts

student DanielDaniel attended Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA before transferring to Cal Poly. He is part of Orientation's new Transfer Orientation Assistant role for summer 2021 and is a member of the Transfer Student Advisory Council. For navigating his transition, Daniel shared, "I reached out to my TRIO Achievers family and also reached out to other classmates. At the end you will find out that you all are feeling the same way and going through almost the same things. Do not be afraid to talk to other students because they can end up being your next good friend." He wants to remind all transfers that you belong at Cal Poly! "As a transfer student it can feel like you are thrown in the middle of the track during a marathon and just expected to keep on going without knowing much of everything, but that's okay. Remember you are here because you earned it and that it's never too late to get involved and add some of your own taste to Cal Poly! Show them what you have to offer!" Daniel wants to remind transfers to utilize their professors and staff across campus for all parts of your Cal Poly journey. 

Email: dibarran@calpoly.edu

Rebecca Slagle Luenser

(she, her, hers)

Psychology Major,College of Liberal Arts

student RebeccaRebecca is a local to the San Luis Obispo region and attended Cuesta College before transferring to Cal Poly. She commutes to campus from outside of SLO and can speak to this experience if any students have questions. She also identifies as a non-traditional student saying, "My first quarter was a bit difficult as an older student. I struggled with feeling that I had a place at Cal Poly." To help with her sense of belonging, Rebecca decided to get involved in different avenues on campus. She is currently involved in TRIO Achievers, Human-Animal Bond Club, and she is a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Freberg, a Peer Tutor for Top Hat, an American Psychological Association Campus Ambassador, and she will soon be a mentor for the Underrepresented Students Network. Rebecca encourages students to get involved on campus and utilize resources that will aid in their academic and professional success!

Email: rluenser@calpoly.edu

Rafael Medina Robles

(he, him, his)

Journalism major, College of Liberal Arts

student RafaelBefore attending Cal Poly, Rafael attended Allan Hancock College. He is a commuter student and is involved in Mustang News. Rafael shared "I think that Cal Poly's social aspect helped me make a lot of new friends since day one." Something he encourages students who live near SLO to do is visit campus a few times before your first day. This allowed him to "familiarize himself and be able to meet new people as well as to discover new opportunities." Rafael's community college academic counselor is a Cal Poly alumni. He found it helpful to connect with him and thus he encourages you to connect with any alumni you know to learn about their experience and what suggestions they have about resources on campus.

Email: rmedinar@calpoly.edu

Olivia Hansel

(she, her, hers)

Anthropology and geography, College of Liberal Arts

student OliviaBefore attending Cal Poly, Olivia attended Diablo Valley College in Concord, CA. Olivia is a project manager on a grant funded project distributing solar stoves around the world. "I started working on my research project by putting myself out there and asking a professor if he wanted my help doing research." Olivia acknowledges that transitioning to Cal Poly can be challenging. She shared that "I struggled with creating a community when I first transferred to Cal Poly. I navigated that issue by getting involved in my hobbies and engaging with others. For people who are not extroverted it may be challenging, but getting to know peopIe who share the same hobbies as you is a great way to start." Some of the resources Olivia has found helpful include Career Services, Campus Health & Wellbeing, Academic Support services and the Transfer Center. 

Email: ohansel@calpoly.edu

Jessica Meza-De Luna

(she, her, hers)

Communication Studies major, College of Liberal Arts

student JessicaJessica attended Allan Hancock College before transferring to Cal Poly. She was the ATS- Association of Transfer Students President for 2020-2021 school year and the MEXA - Transfer Representative in the 2019-2020 school year. Jessica shared - "I was worried about coming to a PWI as a POC, but I found the MEXA club and met students with cultures and backgrounds similar to mine. I used to Health and Wellness center often for the workshops they provided, such as a time management workshop. I have also used the counseling services through the Campus Health and Wellbeing, and this is were I was suggested to enroll in a first-generation class that was so fun and helpful to my experience." Jessica encourages you to use the Food Pantry and stop by the Transfer Center because they have a comfortable space to study and hang out in between classes.

Email: jmezadel@calpoly.edu

Josh Graham

Psychology Major, College of Liberal Arts

student JoshBefore attending Cal Poly, Josh attended St. Louis Community College. Josh is an international student who plays on Cal Poly's Men's Soccer Team. He recommends downloading the Cal Poly app. "The app was a saviour, helped me learn the campus very quickly." He suggests using campus resources such as supplemental workshops, study sessions, and tutoring and using Campus Health & Wellbeing. One thing he wished he knew about sooner was the "various support programs, such as meal vouchers". Remember to ask about support you may need so that campus staff and faculty can help connect you to programs!

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