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.

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  • Shatha Abu-Dames (Transferred from University of North Carolina Greensboro)

    Hello Mountaineers! My Name is Shatha Abu-Dames and I transferred from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I am a psychology major with a concentration in health studies and a minor in medical humanities. I'm a member of the psychology club and my favorite spot on campus is the Wired Scholar coffee shop located in the library! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at abudamessm@appstate.edu
  • Maggie Begick (Transferred from Forsyth Technical Community College)

    Hi Mountaineers! My name is Maggie Begick and I'm a transfer student from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem, NC. My major is Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and minors in Biology and Accounting. I am currently a part of the Book Club at App State. Some of the places around campus I really enjoy are the Solarium at the Student Union and Belk Library. I also really enjoy walking down King Street, especially when different local artists have booths set up or even driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Please feel welcome to contact me with any questions at begickme@appstate.edu.
  • Logan Childers (Transferred from UNC Asheville)

    Hi, my name is Logan Childers and I transferred from UNC Asheville. My major is Music Industries. One of my favorite spots on campus is hanging out on the Mall playing music or spending time with the dogs. Please feel free to contact me at childersdl@appstate.edu.
  • Hanne Cooke (Transferred from Catawba Valley Community College)

    Hello Mountaineers, my name is Hanne Cooke and I transferred from Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. My major is Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology. I am a member of the Women's Club Volleyball team here at App State. Some of my favorite spots on campus are Stanford Mall and the Solarium. One piece of advice every new transfer student here at App should know is that you have to go out of your comfort zone to meet new people and to figure out what you love to do on campus! Please contact me if you have any questions at cookehl@appstate.edu 
  • Luis Cruz (Transferred from Gaston College)

    Hi, my name is Luis and I transferred from Gaston College. My major is Graphic Design but in my free time you'll find me hanging out on Sanford Mall or with my camera capturing the beauty of the high country. Feel free to aks me questions at cruzlr@appstate.edu
  • Kaiyah Dooley (Transferred from College of the Albemarle)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Kaiyah Dooley and I transferred from College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. My major is Psychology with a concentration in Human Services, and a minor in Sociology. My favorite spots on campus are the Solarium, Sanford Mall, and the Library! I also enjoy walking around King Street and going hiking around Boone. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out, feel free to contact me at dooleykl@appstate.edu
  • Jennie Douglas (Transferred from Wittenberg University)

    Hi Mountaineers, I am Jennie Douglas and I transferred from Wittenberg University in Ohio. I am a Cell/Molecular Biology major . I love to study on campus in the Solarium in the Plemmons Student Union. This space has waterfalls and it is very relaxing. I also love to go walking at Brookshire Park. I am happy to answer your questions so please contact me at douglasjm@appstate.edu.
  • Janett Flores (Transferred from Sandhills Community College)

    Hello! My name is Janett Flores and I’m a junior here at App studying Digital Marketing. I transferred from Sandhills Community College. One of my favorite spots on campus is the Crossroads and my order is an iced hazelnut latte. Apart from school, I enjoy spending time with my german shepherd Tyson. If you have any questions or need some advice you can email me at floresjm2@appstate.edu
  • Yairis Gameros-Escobedo (Transferred from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute)

    Hi mountaineers! My name is Yairis Gameros-Escobedo. I am a Studio Art major and also involved in the Latin Hispanic Alliance, K-POP Association and Kaptivate. I enjoy dancing on campus especially at the Dance Part on Transfer Tuesdays. Please contact me in you have questions about transferrring to App State at gamerosescobedoym@appstate.edu
  • Giselle Gonzalez-Garcia (Transferred from Forsyth Technical Community College)

    Hello Mountaineers, my name is Giselle E. Gonzalez-Garcia and I transferred from Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC. My major is Communications, Advertising with a minor in Graphic Communications Management. I’m currently a member of the Fine and Applied Arts Student Engagement team (FAASET) and an illustrator for the Technical Association of Graphic Arts (TAGA) and The Appalachian Student Newspaper. My favorite spot on campus is the library and the Solarium! If you have any questions about transferring please contact me at gonzalezgarciage@appstate.edu
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    Kathryn Jennings (Transferred from University of Charleston)

    Hello Mountaineers, my name is Kathryn Jennings and I transferred from the University of Charleston. I am a Biology major and a member of the Women's Club Volleyball here at App State, and Delta Delta Sigma the dental club. I like to play volleyball in Varsity Gym. One piece of advice every new transfer student here at App should know is that you are not alone, and getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing.  You are welcome to contact me at jenningskj@appstate.edu  and I would be happy to answer any questions.
  • Jacky Sotelo-Gonzalez (Transferred from Forsyth Technical Community College)

    Hello everyone! My name is Jacky Sotelo-Gonzalez. I transferred from Forsyth Tech Community College. I major in Global Studies and will be minoring in Spanish. I love music, art, and meeting new people. My favorite spot on campus is the Solarium. Feel free to contact me at sotelogonzalezj@appstate.edu with any questions.
  • Ben Watson (Transferred from Collin County Community College)

    Hi! My name is Ben Watson, and I transferred from Collin County Community College in McKinney, Texas. My major is Sustainable Development with a concentration in Environmental Studies. I spend a lot of my time on the parkway and love hanging out in the union. Feel free to message me at watsonbm1@appstate.edu