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. The TSMs are part of Jump Start Appalachian. Students interested in becoming a Transfer Student Mentor may contact jumpstart@appstate.edu.


  • 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 Sports Science and Coaching and I absolutely love it. I transferred from Lees-McRae College in Fall 2018. I come from a small mountain town called Robbinsville, NC. I transferred to ASU because I wanted to challenge myself academically, socially, and professionally. I wanted more opportunities to meet people, build deep relationships, and truly connect to people. I LOVE the mountains, the snow, the woods, and drinking tea. I would love to help in any way I can. Please email me with any of your questions at crowell@appstate.edu.
  • Joe East (Transferred from Central Piedmont Community College)

    Greetings, Mountaineers! My name is Joseph L. East II. I am in my second year of study at Appalachian State University. I hail from Waxhaw, North Carolina but am technically from Mineral Springs. I graduated from Central Piedmont Community College on July 27th, 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)

    Hello everyone, my name is Sarah Estes. I am studying Social Work here at App State. I transferred from Caldwell Community College Hudson campus in Fall of 2018. My favorite thing about App State so far has been getting involved in the transfer student events and activities! I have met some of my best friends at transfer events such as Camp Broadstone. I am so excited to help incoming transfer students find their place in the Appalachian family! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at estessk@appstate.edu.
  • Lilly Ezell (Transferred from University of Nevada, Reno)

    Hey my fellow Mountaineers and Welcome to App!! My name is Lilly Ezell and I’m a 21 year old from Carson City, Nevada. In Spring 2018, I graduated from Western Nevada College with an Associate’s 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. Once at App, I changed my major and I now major in Psychology with a concentration in Business. Since becoming a Mountaineer I have joined the App State Club Softball Team and became a Transfer Student Mentor! One of the best things you can do is put yourself out there and get involved on campus, which is why I want to help other transfer students get involved. 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 everyone and welcome! My name is Molly Fox. I'm currently a sophomore here at App studying Psychology with a concentration in Health Sciences. I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and transferred here from Stetson University in Florida, in January 2019. I choose to transfer to App because of the wonderful 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 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.
  • Gabby Gil (Transferred from Central Piedmont Community College)

    Hi everyone! My name is Gabby Gil and I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I transferred to App State Fall of 2018 from Central Piedmont Community College with my Associate of Arts. I am a Social Work major. One of my favorite things about App State is our beautiful campus! I also love how welcoming the Appalachian Community is, how amazing my professors are, and how easy it is to get involved on campus. Please feel free to contact me at gilig@appstate.edu if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to help you!
  • Obi Ludwig (Transferred from Active Duty/Forsyth Technical Community College)

    Hello fellow transfers, welcome to Appalachian State! My name is Obadja Ludwig, but most people call me Obi. I was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, but have spent the majority of my life in Winston Salem, North Carolina. I transferred to App in the Fall of 2018 after spending nearly 5 years as active duty Navy (Go Navy, beat Army!) and am currently a junior, pursuing a degree in Finance and Banking. I chose to be a Mountaineer because I wanted a change of scenery after spending half a decade on the coast, and I am so glad I did! The views you’ll find here are some of the best North Carolina has to offer and the campus has had my heart since I first toured it in 2010. Some of my hobbies include hiking, soccer, ping pong, billiards, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my dog, Ollie. I also love helping people in any capacity that I can! Feel free to email me at ludwigo@appstate.edu with any questions you may have (about anything at all), or even if you just need someone to talk to.
  • 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. 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!
  • Brooke Reynik (Transferred from Meredith College)

    Hello transfers! My name is Brooke Reynik and I am a junior here at App State! I’m majoring in Health Care Management with a minor in Employee Benefits. I’m from Cary, North Carolina and transferred here in the Fall of 2018 from Meredith College. I’m involved with Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) as well as CRU (a faith based organization). I chose Appalachian because right away I felt at home and everyone was so willing to help me along with the transfer process. When I’m not on campus you can usually find me hiking with friends, running on the greenway, driving along the parkway, or in a local coffee shop. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me at reynikbj@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). 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, get involved and make App State feel like home!! 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)

    Hey Mountaineers! My name is Baylee Smith, and I am a second year 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 majoring in Marketing along with Chemistry with a concentration in Marketing and Business. 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 can contact me at smithbj7@appstate.edu and I will be happy to help you with anything you may need!
  • Cam Thompson (Transferred from Cape Fear Community College)

    Hey, all! I’m Cam and I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to AppState! I transferred in Fall of 2018 from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. I did dual enrollment there so if you have questions about early college credit, I’ll probably be able to answer them! I’m currently working towards my B.S.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Sociology and plan to pursue a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration. Here at App, I serve as a Walker College of Business representative on the Student Gov’t Association’s senate and am also involved in APPS (Appalachian Popular Programming Society). I can be reached at thompsoncn1@appstate.edu and would love to answer any questions or just chat with you!