Transfer Academic Coaches

Come connect with a current transfer student who wants to support transfer students to be academically and personally successful. Meetings are free! The transfer coaching role is a partnership between the Transfer Center and the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives.

Transfer student coaches offer 1:1 support on topics including but not limited to:

  • study tips
  • time management
  • mapping out/scheduling your course assignments for the quarter
  • connecting with faculty
  • navigating group projects
  • balancing out your quarter, and more.

Student coaches can also refer you out to other campus resources to support your success while you are at Cal Poly too.

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If these times do not work, email and we will find a time we can meet with you.

Get to Know Our Coaches

staff member Aziza Ubaka-Sampson

Aziza Ubaka-Sampson


academic Coach, Transfer Center

Aziza is a transfer student coach at the Transfer Center. She is an Environmental Protection & Management major minoring in Sustainable Environments from Sacramento, CA. She previously worked as a peer mentor at American River College before transferring to Cal Poly, where she grew passionate about helping her fellow transfer students prepare for transferring into a four year university.

Outside of school, she has strong interests in learning about the environment, zero-waste, sustainability, and environmental justice. In addition to learning about the environment, she enjoys hiking, nature walks, completing D.I.Y. projects, playing video games, and playing with her dog Pepper. She hopes to continue to provide support to help her peers smoothly transition and fully enhance their Cal Poly experience.

staff member Erik Valdez

Erik Valdez


academic Coach, Transfer Center

Erik is a transfer student coach at the Transfer Center. He is studying Aerospace Engineering and transferred from Shasta College in beautiful Redding, CA. Erik wishes to pass on the knowledge of campus resources onto future transfer students so they can have a welcoming experience here at Cal Poly. Erik is also part of several on campus organizations such as CORE and EPIC as well as different clubs such as SHPE (Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers).

As a NorCal native, Erik loves everything involving the outdoors ranging from hiking, camping, and even cliff-jumping! Getting to know people on a personal level is something he strives for, so he is excited to share his experiences and develop genuine connections with everyone who passes by the Transfer Center.

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