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Transfer Student Spotlights

Meet Our Transfer Students!

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.

student LouiseLouise Ibuna

(she, her, hers)

Email: libuna@calpoly.edu

College: College of Engineering

Major: Software Engineering

Get to know Louise:

Before 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.

student JuanJuan Diego Luna

(he, him, his)

Email: jlunaing@calpoly.edu

College: College of Engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Get to know Juan:

Before 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!

student SelinaSelina Jaimes Davila

(she, her, hers)

Email: sjaimesd@calpoly.edu

College: College of Engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Get to know Selina:

Before coming to Cal Poly, Selina attended Cypress College but took one or two classes at Santa College, Fullerton College and Los Angeles Southwest College that weren't offered at Cypress to make sure she got into Cal Poly. Selina is a Cal Poly Scholar who is involved with the Dream Center, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, MEP, and Society for Women Engineers. Even though she knew there would be a lot of transition she "couldn't prepare myself for how fast the quarter system goes by and the culture shock." Selina shares that "I felt that I was going to fail all my classes... but I quickly started building my support system and using campus resources. I got a job on campus at the Dream Center that allowed me to connect with other Latinx students. I planned movie nights and hikes and through those bonding activities I build my community. I was also part of the Cal Poly Scholars Program and they helped me with academic resources. By the end of my first quarter, I made some friends and felt supported but most importantly I passed my classes!" Selina reminds you to "talk to your peers because you aren’t the only one struggling through this transition. Being vulnerable and seeking help will make your transition smoother."

student HannahHannah Heath

(she, her, hers)

Email: haheath@calpoly.edu

College: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Major: Nutrition

Get to know Hannah:

Before 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. 

student IgnacioIgnacio Mata-Garcia

(he, him, his)

Email: imatagar@calpoly.edu

College: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Major: Agriculture Science

Get to know Ignacio:

Before 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.

student LindaLinda Torres

(she, her, hers)

Email: ltorre23@calpoly.edu

College: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Major: Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences

Get to know Linda:

Before 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."

student MerisaMerisa Casaus

(she, her, hers)

Email: mcasaus@calpoly.edu

College: College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Major: Environmental Management and Protection

Get to know Linda:

Before 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."

student JakeJake Ethington

(he, him, his)

Email: jethingt@calpoly.edu

College: College of Science and Mathematics

Major: Biology

Get to know Jake:

Before 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.

student AshleyAshley Hutcherson 

Email: ahutcher@calpoly.edu

College: College of Science and Mathematics

Major: Biology

Get to know Ashley:

As 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.

student AdamAdam Bustamante

(he, him, his)

Email: abusta04@calpoly.edu

College: Orfalea College of Business

Major: Business and Real Estate Finance

Get to know Adam:

Adam 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 Transfer-Mations. 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.

Carl Foster

(he, him, his)

Email: cfoste18@calpoly.edu

College: Orfalea College of Business

Major: Business Administration and Accounting

Get to Know Carl:

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!" 

student KatKat Ribovich

Email: kribovic@calpoly.edu

College: Orfalea College of Business

Major: Business Administration

Get to know Kat:

Before coming to Cal Poly, Louise attended Morrpark College. Kat is going to be a Transfer-Mation Leader in OCOBS for the 2020 - 2021 academic year and is involved in the CP Penguins Club (a club for students who are passionate about motorcycles). She knows that the first quarter can be really challenging "between learning the CP culture, adopting good study habits, living with housemates, getting involved, and more, it is hard to juggle and definitely takes some getting used to." Kat is thankful she found Transfer-Mation at the club showcase in the beginning of the year because she was able to make friends, learn about the CP culture from current students, and had campus student and staff leaders to turn to for help finding resources she needed. Kat wants to remind all incoming transfers that "there's a lot of changes going on, so don't be too hard on yourself". 

student SageSage Hurt 

Email: sagalluz@calpoly.edu

College: Orfalea College of Business

Major: Business Concentrating in Finance

Get to know Sage:

Before coming to Cal Poly, Sage attended Moorpark College, but also took courses at Ventura, Coastline and Barstow College. Sage is a Peer Advisor in OCOBS and attends Transfer-Mations meetings, a club for business transfer students. He came to Cal Poly with the mindset that school was just a place to get his degree. However, Sage realized "Cal Poly is so much more than that." He has explored and developed a strong interest in ceramics (ASI offers art classes) and fitness. He encourages transfers to "try anything that seems interesting...attend a club meeting, go outside, do something...even if it means just studying in the library instead of your room," and remember to "try to have as much fun as you can until it gets hard!" Sage also encourages students to apply for leadership positions within various clubs and organizations (transfer perspectives are valuable!), do the tri-tip challenge and go to the UCSB vs CP soccer game! 

student RebeccaRebecca Slagle Luenser

(she, her, hers)

Email: rluenser@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Psychology

Get to know Rebecca:

Rebecca 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!

student JoshJosh Graham

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Psychology

Get to know Josh:

Before 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!

student YeseniaYesenia Beas-Ramirez

(she, her, hers)

Email: ybeasram@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Psychology

Get to know Yesenia:

Before attending Cal Poly, Yesenia attended Allan Hancock College. Though she is a recent graduate, she is committed to giving back to the transfer community and provide current or prospective students with support and advice. During her time at Cal Poly, Yesenia was a part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and she was a Residential Advisor (RA). As an RA she lived on campus and highly recommends this experience. She also recommends utilizing services such as the Cross Culture Centers and the Dream Center. She admits that it was hard to "navigate the fast pace" of Cal Poly's quarter system, but she got through it by making friends in class and forming study groups with them. She also advises: "There are more people at Cal Poly that are willing to help you rather than not. You just have to look for those people, make connections with them and allow yourself to be helped by them."

student AnthonyAnthony Vierra

(he, him, his)

Email: ahvierra@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Psychology

Get to know Anthony:

Before coming to Cal Poly, Anthony attended Cuesta College. Anthony is conducting research in Dr Bennion's research Lab and was formerly a member of the Kinesiology Student Council. As you transition to Cal Poly he reminds you "that there are multiple resources on campus for transfer students to use" and that they are here for you! He encourages you to reach out and connect with your classmates. "There were a lot more transfer students then I had anticipated and that made me feel less alone." To help him transition to Cal Poly Anthony shared - "I went to office hours of my professors and asked for advice. I also went to Counseling Services a few times. Talking to other students in my classes really helped." 

student KenzieKenzie Martinez

(she, her, hers)

Email: mmart324@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Sociology

Get to know Kenzie:

Before transferring to Cal Poly, Kenzie attended Cabrillo College and admits that transferring to a larger campus was a bit overwhelming. As a first-generation college student, she understands how daunting it can be to find support and ask questions, but she encourages all transfers, "though you might feel alone, there are teachers and resources here to help you succeed. All you have to do is ask for help which can be intimidating, but trust me, they want to help you!" Also, Kenzie lived on campus her first year at Cal Poly and she believes this helped her transition into the campus culture. She states, "My roommates (who are also transfers) ended up becoming my best friends and the following year (this year) we moved off campus together. Coming to a new school half way through is intimidating, but if you put yourself out there and make friends, even if it’s only to a few people, it makes the whole experience less scary." 

student ReaganReagan Kniffen

(she, her, hers)

Email: rkniffen@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Communication Studies

Get to Know Reagan:

Reagan attended Cuesta College and Chapman University before transferring to Cal Poly. Like most transfers, she admits that getting involved and making friends within her classes are what ultimately helped her integrate into the campus community. She recommends talking to the person you sit next to in class, be a little more outgoing than you'd normally be, who knows, maybe you'll become best friends! Reagan also encourages transfers to visit with their academic advisor at least once a quarter to make sure they're on track to graduate. The quarter system is very fast-paced, so it's good to check in with your advisors. Also, as a commuter student, Reagan believes its very important for transfers to get outside of SLO and experience the scenery and activities the Central Coast has to offer.

student RafaelRafael Medina Robles

(he, him, his)

Email: rmedinar@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Journalism

Get to know Rafael:

Before 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. 

student JasmineJasmine Buerano 

Email: jbuerano@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Communication Studies

Get to know Jasmine:

Jasmine attended Diablo Valley College and Arizona State University before transferring to Cal Poly. She enjoys being involved on campus and currently is the Director of Media for Cal Poly Surfrider Club and a photographer and the Director of Media for Eco Reps. You can also find her with her fraternity, Delta Gamma, or working at Starbucks in the UU! As someone who lives on campus, she believes that's how she became so involved from the very beginning. Though Jasmine acknowledges that can be challenging, so her best advice is: "A smile can go a long way! I swear, that’s how I’ve met most of my friends!"

student MorganMorgan Saltamachio

(she, her, hers)

Email: msaltama@calpoly.edu

College: College of Liberal Arts

Major: Child Development

Get to know Morgan:

Morgan attended Central Oregon Community College and Mira Costa College before transferring to Cal Poly. She is currently involved in the Ethical Eating Club and the Poly Child Development Club. As a student who lives on campus, Morgan highly recommends utilizing this resource because it helped her meet new people and build a community. Along with Campus Housing, she recommends other campus resources such as the Disability Resource Center, Career Services and Campus Health & Wellbeing. Coming to Cal Poly Morgan connected with her roommates and their RA to get help in transitioning to and navigating the Cal Poly culture. She would recommend any new transfers do the same!

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