Student Mentors

About the Transfer Student Mentors

One of the success stories of helping transfer students is the students themselves. The Transfer Student Mentors (TSMs) are a group of transfer students who have successfully transferred to Appalachian.  The TSMs assist incoming transfer students by providing accurate information and helping students get connected with the Appalachian community and campus. The TSMs visit community colleges, lead campus tours, reach out to admitted students, support Transfer Student Orientation, and transfer student events.

The  TSMs remain available to students once they transfer to campus. They can answer questions, help students navigate their first semester on a new campus, assist students with ways to get involved or just meet for coffee and conversation.  The TSMs are here to help students be successful at Appalachian. Students may connect with them through email, social media, Google chat or over a cup of coffee on campus.

The TSM program is a student leadership program that helps students develop leadership, mentorship, communication, public speaking, and a strong sense of identify as a member of the Appalachian community. Students interested in becoming a Transfer Student Mentor may contact Matt Huntanar at huntanarmg@appstate.edu.


  • Matt Cosgrove (Transferred from Forsyth Tech)

    Hello Transfers and welcome to App! My name is Matthew “Matt” Cosgrove. I am originally from New England but moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2015. I transferred from Forsyth Tech in the fall of 2019. I am currently a senior majoring in Digital Marketing and minoring in business analytics. Please feel free to send me an email at cosgrovema@appstate.edu if you need a workout partner, want to go on adventure, or with any general questions!!
  • Lydia Crowe (Transferred from Lees-McRae College)

    Hello fellow Mountaineers! My name is Lydia Crowe. I am majoring in Recreation Management with a minor in Gerontology and I love it. I transferred from Lees-McRae College in the Fall of 2018. I come from a small mountain town in North Carolina called Robbinsville. I transferred to App State because I wanted to challenge myself academically, socially, and professionally. I also wanted more opportunities to meet people, build deep relationships, and truly connect with others. ASU has provided all of those challenges, but it has also provided a community of people that I now call family and a place I call home. I LOVE the mountains, snow, exploring, hiking, drinking tea, and eating good food. I would love to help you in any way I can! Please email me if you have any questions or just want to chat at crowell@appstate.edu.
  • Joe East (Transferred from Central Piedmont Community College)

    Greetings, Mountaineers! My name is Joseph L. East II. I am a senior here at Appalachian State University. I hail from Waxhaw, North Carolina but am technically from Mineral Springs. I graduated from Central Piedmont Community College in 2018 with an Associate of Arts and my General Education requirements met; I transferred to App in the Fall of the same year. I am majoring in English, Secondary Education with a minor in Philosophy and am a member of several clubs on campus: Appalachian Educators, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society, the Philosophical Society, and the Gaming Club! I enjoy literature, video games, and driving on the Parkway. Thoreau says it best in describing why I chose to come to Appalachia: “Live in each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth”; where else can one experience the seasons so readily, other than Boone, North Carolina. I loved Community College and the transition to App was a smooth one thanks to the Office of Transfer Services! If anyone has questions, I would love to answer them! I can be contacted at eastjl@appstate.edu.
  • Sarah Estes (Transferred from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute)

    Hello everyone, my name is Sarah Estes and I’m a senior here at Appalachian! I will graduate in December with my BSW (Bachelors in Social Work) and I transferred from Caldwell Community College in the fall of 2018. One of my favorite things on campus is the expression tunnel. A great spot to have your photo taken on the Parkway is Rough Ridge. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with any questions! My email is estessk@appstate.edu.
  • Lilly Ezell (Transferred from University of Nevada, Reno)

    Hello and welcome to App!! My name is Lilly Ezell, I'm a senior Psychology major with a concentration in Business and I'm originally from Carson City, Nevada. In Spring 2018, I graduated from Western Nevada College with an Associates in Business and transferred to University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). My time at UNR did not last long, and in Spring 2019 I transferred to App State. Moving across the country was a big change, but the feeling of community at App State and Boone have helped to make me feel right at home! Boone is my new home away from home and I look forward to helping other transfer students feel the same! I love meeting new people, so feel free to message me at ezellle@appstate.edu, if you ever want to meet up and have a chat or if you have any questions. Congrats on becoming a Mountaineer and I look forward to answering any questions you might have!
  • Molly Fox (Transferred from Stetson University)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Molly Fox. I am currently a senior here at App studying Public Health with a minor in Psychology. I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and transferred here from Stetson University in Florida, in the spring of 2019. I chose to transfer to App because of the wonder community filled with the friendliest people, the beautiful campus, and the endless amounts of outdoor activities. You can find me hanging out on the parkway, hiking, grabbing a coffee, or hanging out with friends. I’d love to answer any questions and help make App your new home away from home! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at foxm3@appstate.edu.
  • Jevaughney Francis (Transferred from Wake Technical Community College)

    Hello fellow Mountaineers! My name is Jevaughney Francis. I was born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica for about 9 years, and I then moved to Raleigh, NC in 2007 where I currently live. I transferred to Appalachian State from Wake Technical Community College in fall of 2017 after one year. I am currently a junior, and I study Sustainable Technology with a minor in Media Studies. I enjoy gaming and was an eAthlete on a team for App. I look forward to hearing for anyone that needs help being a part of the Mountaineer community. Please feel free to email me at francisj1@appstate.edu.
  • Sam Hedrick (Transferred from UNC Asheville)

    Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Hedrick but I go by Sam. I'm from a small town called Randleman, NC which is close to Asheboro if you know where that is! I'm majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management and I love it. I transferred to Appalachian from UNC Asheville in Fall 2019 after taking a gap year to do the Disney College Program. I chose App because I love the community the school has and it really felt like home to me. Please email me if you have any questions at hedrickss1@appstate.edu.
  • Julia Hollingsworth (Transferred from Wofford College)

    Hello and welcome to App State! My name is Julia Hollingsworth and I am from Anderson, South Carolina. I transferred to App in the spring of 2020 from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, and I knew right away that it was home. My transition was very smooth thanks to Transfer Services and advice they offer new students. I have learned that involving yourself is key to falling in love with your school and finding your community, and that has made my first semester at App so enjoyable! I met so many wonderful people through the events they provided us that I could not help but become a Mentor myself and help future transfer students. I have finished my first year, still not entirely sure what I want to do, but I'm intending to pursue a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in both media studies and religious studies. I desire to build lasting connections and help anyone along their new path as a Mountaineer! If you have ANY questions, or just want a new friend when everything seems unfamiliar, feel free to email me at hollingsworthjg@appstate.edu :)
  • Nick Medlock (Transferred from Catawba Valley Community College)

    Hello Transfers and welcome to App State! My name is Nick Medlock. I am from Hickory, North Carolina. I transferred from Catawba Valley Community College in the fall of 2018. I am currently a Junior majoring in Exercise Science with a Pre-Professional concentration with plans to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. One of my favorite spots on campus is Sanford Mall which is a which is a great place to hangout. One of my passions is trail running on the Greenway. Please feel free to shoot me an email at medlocknj@appstate.edu if you have any questions, need a running buddy, or just want to meet and talk!
  • Russell Michaels (Transferred from Catawba Valley Community College & NC State)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Russell Michaels and I am currently a senior studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Life Science. I was born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina and transferred to App in the spring of 2020. I transferred (most recently) from Catawba Valley Community College with an Associates Degree, but also spent two years at NC State right out of high school. I took a two year gap between my time at NC State and transferring up to App during which I worked out west in Yellowstone and Colorado and Thru-Hiked the Appalachian trail. I love hiking, playing soccer and tennis, reading sci-fi and poetry, as well as the occasional video game. If you have any questions at all or just need someone to talk to please don't hesitate to email me at michaelsra1@appstate.edu.
  • Marina Rogers (Transferred from Randolph College)

    Hello everyone & welcome! My name is Marina Rogers and I am a junior studying Public Health and minoring in Spanish. I am from Chapel Hill, NC and transferred from Randolph College in the fall of 2019. I chose to transfer to Appalachian because of the wonderful community and all of the outdoor adventure activities Boone had to offer. You can find me drinking coffee, watching the sunrise on the parkway, running, or hanging out with friends. I can’t wait for you to join the Appalachian community and welcome you to campus. I’d love to answer any questions you have and can’t wait to see you on campus in the fall! Feel free to reach out to me at rogersmt@appstate.edu.
  • Kara Shepp (Transferred from University of Georgia)

    Welcome to App!! My name is Kara Shepp and I am from Roswell, GA. I transferred to Appalachian State University from the University of Georgia in the Spring of 2019! I am majoring in Nutrition (Dietetics) and plan on pursuing a Master's degree in Nutrition after I graduate. My experience at Appalachian State University has been AMAZING and I want to make sure that you all have the best experience that you can have here. I love running, cooking, and volunteering in the community! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at sheppk@appstate.edu if you have any questions or if you just want to hang!
  • Josh Shields (Transferred from Hampton University)

    Hey Mountaineers! My name is Joshua Shields. I am a senior Architecture major from Winston-Salem, NC. I transferred from Hampton University located in Hampton, Virginia and I believe it was the best decision I could've made. One of my favorite spots on campus is the Solarium in the Student Union. I love to draw or read books in my spare time. I'm looking forward to hearing from our newest transfers as well as those who are still considering to transfer to App State. Feel free to contact me at shieldsjm@appstate.edu.
  • Victoria Sloan (Transferred from Wilkes Community College)

    Hello Transfer Students! My name is Victoria Sloan, I am from Statesville, NC. I transferred from Wilkes Community College with an Associates in Early Childhood Education. I arrived at Appalachian State in Fall of 2018. I knew App State was where I wanted to go when I was in middle school. I am so glad that it was my one and only choice of where I wanted to go, it is like home here. I am currently majoring in Elementary Education with a second academic concentration in Math, Science, and Technology. Since being here at Appalachian State I have involved myself in Transfer Student Organization (TSO) and I have made a lot of new friends by going to the transfer student socials that they provide! My goal as a Student Transfer Mentor is to answer your questions, help you get involved and make App State feel like home to you!! I look forward to seeing you around Appalachian!! Feel free to message me at  sloanva@appstate.edu, if you have any questions or need someone to talk to!!
  • Baylee Smith (Transferred from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute)

    Hey Mountaineers! My name is Baylee Smith, and I am a  senior at App State. I am from Lenoir, North Carolina and transferred from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute. Even though I transferred from Caldwell, I went to the Early College on their campus and got my high school diploma at the same time. I am double majoring in Marketing and Business Management. I transferred to Appalachian because I have always loved the environment, and nothing beats a Mountaineer game day at The Rock! I love this community we live in and can't wait to help you guys find your place on campus!  You may contact me at smithbj7@appstate.edu and I will be happy to help you with anything you may need!
  • Alex Solt (Transferred from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Alex Solt. I am a junior here at App majoring in Business Management. I grew up in Wisconsin and made the move to North Carolina to attend Appalachian, and be closer to family, in the fall of 2019. I hadn't heard about App until I came to North Carolina to visit my family and was looking for colleges to transfer. When I found out about App and their business school, I set up a tour and it was at that point, I knew App was the school for me. Some of my hobbies include hiking, fishing, hunting, playing tennis, and hanging out with friends or my dog, Brooklyn. If you have any questions or want someone to talk to or hang out with, feel free to email me at soltap@appstate.edu. Welcome to Appalachian State, fellow Mountaineer!
  • Madison Sommer (Transferred from Salem College & Mitchell Community College)

    Hey Mountaineers! My name is Madison Sommer. I am a junior majoring in biochemistry. I transferred from Mitchell Community College and Salem College in the spring of 2020 with an Associates in Science. I choose Appalachian because not only is it located in the mountain and has easy access to hiking and other outdoor activities, but it offers a sense of community like no other. Everyone has a place here at Appalachian! I love hiking, coffee, and getting involved with the activities on campus. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you just want to talk at sommerme@appstate.edu I would be more than happy to answer!
  • Shyheim Stafford (Transferred from Central Piedmont Community College)

    Hello my fellow mountaineers and welcome to Appalachian State! My name is Shyheim Stafford. I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I recently transferred to App State in fall of 2019 from Central Piedmont Community College with my Associate of Arts. I am a rising senior majoring in Electronic Media/Broadcasting with a minor in Sports Science and Coaching. I have aspiration of becoming a sports reporter/journalist. While at App, I serve as the associate producer for The "A" Game, which is a sports show here in Boone for APPTV. I look forward to meeting all of you. You can shoot me an email at staffords@appstate.edu, if you have any questions, or if you are looking to hit the gym to play some ball.
  • Cam Thompson (Transferred from Cape Fear Community College)

    Hey, y'all! My name is Cam and I'm a senior studying Marketing with a minor in sociology. I'm planning to stay at Appalachian to get a Masters degree in Student Affairs Administration. I transferred from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington where I did dual enrollment. Here at App, I serve the Student Government Association's senate, as well as being a part of Women of Walker, and of course the Transfer Student Mentors! You can reach me at thompsoncn1@appstate.edu if you have any questions or just want to chat!
  • Stephanie Woodie (Transferred from Wilkes Community College)

    Hi Transfers and welcome to App! My name is Stephanie Woodie and I am from Wilkes, NC. I transferred from Wilkes Community College where I received my Associates in Arts Degree. I began my journey as a mountaineer in the fall of 2019. In the beginning of my community college career, I was very unsure of what I wanted to do as a career and then decided that I would follow my dreams to be a teacher, which lead me to study Elementary Education at the best teaching school on the planet! Since the very first campus tour, I knew that this was a place that was going to be my home. Being that the Transfer Student Organization was a huge help to me, I wanted to return the favor and become a Transfer Student Mentor. So here I am, feel free to contact me at woodiesd@appstate.edu with any questions or if you just need a new friend!