Student Mentors

  • Sophia Narron (Transferred from UNC Wilmington)

    Hi Mountaineers! My name is Sophia Narron and I am from Asheville, NC. I am currently a senior here at App and I transferred from UNC Wilmington the second semester of my sophomore year. I have studied abroad in Scotland and have had a passion for traveling and for Scottish history every since. I am an Advertising major with a minor in Psychology and I hope to work in advertising/marketing in the future. I am a member of the Chi Omega sorority on campus and currently serve as their National Philanthropy Chair. I also am a Customer Service Representative for the IT Support Center on campus and I love my job. I am so glad that I chose to transfer to App. Since transferring, I have met my closest friends and have become part of some amazing communities. I love to hike, talk, and travel, and I'm always open to new adventures. If you ever need anything, feel free to contact me at!
  • Renisha Mathis (Transferred from Carteret Community College)

    Hey transfers! I'm so excited to get to know each of you! :) I was born in Los Angeles, but raised on the coast of North Carolina in Morehead City. I finished my AA degree Fall 2016 and transferred here to App in  Spring 2017! I'm majoring in Advertising & minoring in Marketing. I love the business side of things but I also love the freedom of being creative. I don't know where this degree will take me but I'm open-minded. I'm so excited to continue to grow as an individual & help you guys grow as well! When I have free time ( rare during my hectic semester ) I enjoy binge watching Netflix, walking around campus, painting & finding new music. I am really looking forward to meeting with all of you! Feel free to contact me anytime about anything at
  • Marena Johnson (Transferred from Guilford Technical Community College)

    Hey Mountaineers!!My name is Marena Johnson I'm 21 years old and a Junior here at Appalachian. I study Elementary Education with a concentration in History and hope to teach up north when I graduate. I am from Kernersville NC, I transferred here Spring 2017 from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown NC. I chose Appalachian because I'm from a small town and going somewhere like Boone where it's not huge just seemed like the perfect fit for me. I also chose Appalachian because of the amazing education program they have here. As soon as I transferred, I wanted to get involved in clubs that interested me. As a result of that I definitely want to help new transfers get involved here on campus with the amazing opportunities there are. Even if that means just to get a cup of coffee and hangout, I'm there! Definitely email me if you have any questions or just want to talk at Lastly, welcome to App!
  • Madi Moretz (Transferred from Central Carolina Community College)

    Hey there, fellow Mountaineers! My name is Madi Moretz and I am from Fort Bragg, NC. I transferred to Appalachian State from Central Carolina Community College in Lee County, North Carolina in the fall of 2015. As a high school student, App was always where I wanted to be, but when it came time to leave home, three and a half hours was just too far away from my family. So, I stayed close to home for a year, but I knew I would need a more challenging academic environment to stay engaged in my college career. As a military kid, I have been moving around my whole life, so the idea of transferring almost felt familiar. When the time came, I put in my application to transfer to App and never looked back. I am currently a junior majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services, and I love every minute of it! I am also a member of our Christian sorority on campus, Sigma Alpha Omega, and an Emerging Leaders Alumni. Getting involved has made App feel like home, and it is my goal to make App feel like home to you too!  Please feel free to email me at .
  • Jordan Myers (Transferred from Rowan Cabarrus Community College)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is Jordan Myers and I’m 23 years old. I transferred from Rowan Cabarrus Community College in the fall of 2015 and I’m currently a junior here at Appalachian State University. I study Child Development with a concentration in Birth-Kindergarten. I am from Salisbury, North Carolina which is about 45 minutes away from Charlotte. I chose Appalachian State because I love the cold weather and being outdoors. If you come to App because you want warm weather, then you’re in the wrong place! I’m a part of the Transfer Student Organization, which is a club on campus that caters to transfer students. As a Transfer Student Mentor, I hope to make college life easier for you and help you in any way I can. I look forward to meeting every single one of you. Welcome!  Please feel free to email me at .
  • Hunter Bonnema

    Hunter Bonnema (Transferred from Davidson County Community College)

    Hello Mountaineers, My name is Hunter Bonnema. I am from a little town called Thomasville in the great state of North Carolina. I am currently a junior at Appalachian. I transferred to Appalachian in the fall of 2016 from Davidson County Community College. I currently hold an Associate in Arts degree and am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management. I am an active member of several clubs on campus. As a student mentor I hope to assist you in your transition here to Appalachian and help you with anything you may need. Welcome to Appalachian State and I look forward to meeting you.  Please feel free to email me at
  • Elsie Rodriguez (Transferred from Sandhills Community College)

    Hey transfers! My name is Elsie Rodriguez and I was raised in Makakilo, Hawai'i. I moved to North Carolina 5 years ago to the sweet town of Southern Pines, NC. I completed my associate in science at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC. I transferred to Appalachian in the fall of 2016 and will be completing my cellular molecular biology major and chemistry minor. I'm on the pre-professional track and look to pursue dentistry. I'm apart of the Highlands biology club and Delta Delta Sigma, a pre-dental honors society. When I'm not living in the library, I enjoy photography, hiking, reading and cooking. The office of transfer services has so much to offer so please don't hesitate to get involved with some of the activities we put on! It's really helped me take a time out from school and has led me to an awesome group of people. I'm an avid coffee drinker, so let me know if you wanna grab a cup of coffee or just chat! You can reach me at or add me on Facebook!
  • David Perry (Transferred from Rowan Cabarrus Community College)

    Hello Mountaineers! My name is David Perry. I am a junior here at Appalachian State University majoring in Computer Information Systems. I am from Charlotte NC. I transferred from Rowan Cabarrus Community College in the fall of 2016 after getting an associate degree in science. I chose to come here to App State due to the curriculum, weather and App community. I also felt a calling to come here to continue my education and story. I am involved in many groups to include the Transfer Student Organization, Intervarsity, which is an inter-denominational Christian campus ministry, and others. My hobbies include, water sports, snow skiing, technology, tennis and games. I look forward to being a transfer student mentor and investing in transfer students like those who have invested in me.  Please feel free to email me at
  • Damaris Bates (Transferred from Wake Technical Community College)

    Hello fellow Mountaineers! My name is Damaris Bates and I am from Raleigh, NC. I transferred to Appalachian State from Wake Technical Community College in the Spring of 2016. I’m currently a Senior and I study Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. I chose Appalachian State because I love the mountains, the challenging academic environment, and most importantly the App community! Appalachian feels like home and I’m so proud to be a student here. Everyday is adventure at Appalachian and I hope to share my experiences with transfer students! I look forward to meeting new transfer students and help them along their journey as a Mountaineer! Adventure is out there! Please feel free to email me at
  • Bri Hughes (Transferred from SUNY Cortland in upstate New York)

    Hi everyone, my name is Bri Hughes. I transferred from SUNY Cortland, in Upstate New York, just south of Syracuse, in the fall of 2016. I started my college experience by going to a community college where I received my associates degree in general studies. From there I transferred to SUNY Cortland where I spent one semester, after quickly realizing that wasn’t the school for me I took a little over a year off from school. Then I found APP! I am currently a junior studying Recreation Management with a minor in psychology. As a transfer student at APP, it is actually my second time being a transfer student. This time around at APP I feel extremely lucky to be at a school that cares so much about their transfer students. I feel so welcomed and right at home. And it is my hope that I can help assistance new transfer students feel the same way I do about APP.  Please feel free to email me at .
  • Anna Watkins (Transferred from Colorado State University)

    Hey Everyone! I’m Anna Watkins and I’m from Sterling Massachusetts. I knew I wanted to study far from home, and this lead to me studying at Colorado State University. After a year in Colorado I decided to transfer App state! This has been the best decision I have ever made.. I love Boone and all it has to offer. There is always something to do on campus and around town. The people here are so friendly. I am an electronic media/Broadcasting major. I hope to go into the film business and edit and produce movies I currently live on campus in Belk hall. I have participated in Emerging Leaders and Trailhead. Both these programs were specific to transfer students and both have given me great leadership skills. I cant wait to use what I have learned to be a great Transfer student Mentor. I am so happy I transferred here. I am very excited to meet other transfer students and hear about their college journey.  Please feel free to email me at
  • Addie Schmitt (Transferred from Ferrum College)

    Hey, Transfers!! I am Addison Schmitt and I’m from Moneta, Virginia. I am currently a senior studying Management in the College of Business. I transferred from Ferrum College that is located just south of Roanoke, Virginia. I chose to transfer from Ferrum because I needed a change and a challenge. When I first visited App I fell in love immediately. The atmosphere is so inviting as well as the people! Being a mountaineer has changed my life for the better. I made new friends, got involved in amazing clubs like Emerging Leaders and TSO, and grew academically. To make you feel comfortable and fall in love with App is my goal as a mentor. If you have any questions or just want to hang out shoot me and email at I’m looking forward to meeting you! Welcome to App!!