Transfer Mentoring Program

Transfer Mentoring Program

Feeling overwhelmed coming to Fredonia? There is a transfer student who knows what you are going through and is here to help you.

The Transfer Mentorship Program is here to assist Transfer Students with their transition to Fredonia! The program aims to pair incoming transfer students with current transfer students to provide guidance, knowledge, and support with their academic and social needs. Mentors will be a point-of-contact through personal weekly emails and will encourage their mentees to attend events and meetings throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Our goal is to provide new transfer students with the resources to comfortably adjust and immerse themselves in the campus community!

During New Student Orientation, the mentoring program will have a table where you can meet your mentor in person! You can introduce yourself, exchange contact information, and put a face to the name. You'll have the opportunity to hear from our mentors about their experiences as a mentee and mentor. You can also sit down with them to have lunch and talk. There is a Transfer and First-Year meeting Q&A where the program will outline its plans for the incoming mentees. Any questions you have about transferring can be answered here.

Here is a testimonial from one of our mentors:

"I was a mentee in the Fall of 2018 and became a mentor in the Spring of 2019. I was able to go to someone with questions when I didn't know who or where to go to. I'm involved in TSO and the mentoring program. Getting involved helped with my transition to Fredonia."


Mentor Minimum Qualifications

  • Mentor must have at least one semester as a Fredonia student
  • Mentor must have transferred to Fredonia
  • Mentor are encouraged to attend as many transfer events as possible
  • Mentor should be able to communicate with people different than themselves
  • Mentor should be interested in helping others

Interested mentors also have the opportunity to participate in the program as an intern and receive one credit towards their course work. Along with the listed qualifications above, interns must also meet the following qualifications:

  • Maintain a 2.25 GPA
  • Comfortable working in a group environment 
  • Attend TSO and Tau Sigma meetings if eligible and do not have class conflicts 
  • Attend a minimum of one event 

Being a mentee comes with great opportunities. You can ask for help as soon as you get here! Whether you’re unsure of where your classes are or which clubs to join, there is someone who is willing to help. You’ll receive weekly emails from your mentor with both academic and social updates. This allows you to stay in the loop on what Fredonia's many clubs are offering. When the semester is over, you’ll have another familiar face to make Fredonia feel like home.

Kaitlyn McWhorter 

Pronouns: She/her/hers 

Hometown: Marcellus, New York

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

Previous Institution : Onondaga Community College

Favorite Spot on Campus? Why? My favorite spot on campus is Tim Horton's patio! I have been spending a lot of time there especially over the last few weeks. It's just a nice relaxing spot to just chill at. I like to sit around and hang out with friends, eat some food, and I also do a fair amount of homework and studying there as well.

What is your favorite thing about being at Fredonia? I love seeing all of the talent that we have on campus! There are so many bands, musical groups, and solo artists on our campus. Our music program in general is phenomenal and I love it! It’s always nice to walk around campus or just be sitting around and being able to hear the music. It makes me proud to be a Blue Devil and proud of our college!

What advice do you have for incoming transfer students? Get involved! Join clubs that interest you - even if they are out of your comfort zone. You never know where they can take you and the people you will meet along the way. Try to get involved within your department as well and consider taking on leadership roles. Take as many opportunities as you can - but also don't overwhelm yourself and take on too many things at once. Try to find a good balance if you can and know your limits! 

Sarah DeNardo

Pronouns: she/her/hers 

Hometown: Watertown, New York

Major: Biology Adolescence Education 

Previous Institutions: Alfred State College and Jefferson Community College 

Favorite Spot on Campus? Why?: My favorite spot on campus is the Science Center. It is a beautiful relatively new building with plenty of spaces to hang out and conference rooms to hold study sessions with friends. I have spent countless hours studying and working on homework at the Science Center during my time at Fredonia. It also houses the Tea Rex cafe, where you can get several different yummy flavors of bubble tea! :) 

What’s your favorite thing about being at Fredonia?: The supportive community! Almost all of the students and professors I’ve met during my time here have been very welcoming and friendly. Everyone is happy to lend a helping hand when it comes to assisting you in finding your place at Fredonia and achieving your goals.

What advice do you have for incoming transfer students?: It sounds cliche, but get involved! With organizations like TSO and Tau Sigma, there are plenty of opportunities for new transfer students to get involved on campus. The sooner you get involved, the sooner Fredonia will begin to feel like your new home. Don’t be afraid to branch outside of transfer organizations either! All of the clubs on campus are very welcoming and would love to have some of the new transfers.In addition to TSO and Tau Sigma,  I am also involved in biology club, Tri-Beta biology honor society, and student ambassadors!

Tera Murdoch

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY 

Major: Criminal Justice 

Minor: Psychology

Previous Institutions(s): Buffalo State College

Favorite Spot on Campus? Why? My favorite spot on campus is the third floor in the library. There is a study section and a small area in the back corner where I like to go and complete my assignments.

What is your favorite thing about being at FSU? I like the environment, it is very welcoming and I never felt out of place. Initially I was a bit shy when I first arrived but I learned that it was okay to ask a question first or to admit that I didn't know where a place was. The student body and the faculty are all so kind and helpful. Regardless of your year you will feel at home here. 


What advice do you have for incoming transfer students?

  • Speak to your professors when you are struggling 
  • Put a designated time aside for work. Make a planner. 
  • Don't be too hard on yourself. You're doing the best you can. 
  • Try not to be nervous if you need support or guidance


Here is a collection of photos from events the mentoring program has done.

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