Division of Student Affairs > Student Life > For New Students > Transfer Peer Mentors @ DePaul
The Transfer Peer Mentor program aims to jumpstart your success at DePaul by ensuring a successful transition. You will be guided through your first year at DePaul with a one on one peer mentor to support you. The mentors are transfers beyond their first year who have shown success in academics and out of class leadership. This gives you an immediate connection with a trusted resource whenever you need it.
The mentor will guide you in engaging conversations. This could be out of class interest, academics or more! You can also discuss challenges and opportunities of their transfer experience in your first year. The mentor can be your accountability partner and be sure you know of all the great academic and experiential resources at DePaul. They can jumpstart your involvement!
It lasts for one academic year.
No, this program is included in tuition and fees for all transfer students.
No, you can meet virtually. Drop-in visit hours will be available in the Loop and Lincoln Park and posted here soon.
Nicholas (he/him) is a User Experience Design major concentrating in Design. He is a member of over three honors societies at DePaul and participates in many DePaul groups/organizations including the DePaul American Institute of Graphic Arts, DePaul Experience Design Roundtable, and DePaul User Experience Association. Nicholas enjoys being a mentor because it gives him an opportunity to be able to give back and help incoming students to better prepare and adjust to their newfound academic journey at DePaul.
Marelena (she/her) is from Burr Ridge, IL and transferred to DePaul from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is studying Psychology with a minor in Medical Anthropology. Marelena enjoys spending time in nature, exercising, trying new restaurants, and watching movies. She loves that DePaul is in the city and you never run out of things to do—she particularly enjoys the Chicago food scene. When asked about why she became a mentor, Marelena says, “I had a very difficult process transferring and now I'm the happiest I've ever been, so I would love to help people reach that same level of fulfillment and satisfaction with their choice.”
Monica (she/her) is originally from Cleveland, OH and transferred to DePaul in January of 2020 from Ohio University. She is studying Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. When asked about what she does in her free time, Monica says, “I love to read and am really big on the outdoors. I spend a lot of my free time hiking, checking out new art exhibits, or concerts in the city. for new hobbies to grow with, and thankfully being in Chicago gives me plenty of options.” Monica became a mentor because she wanted to help new students learn how to better navigate and become more comfortable in their environment. She knows how daunting it can be to be a transfer student and she hopes to make that transition smoother and less confusing.
Madisyn (she/her) came to DePaul from Pace University and grew up in Lemont, IL. She is majoring in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies and says that the PAX program and her professors are her favorite thing about DePaul. In her spare time, you’ll find Madisyn going on walks with her dog, reading, and going to new places. Her favorite thing about Chicago? “Always being able to eat at new restaurants and the people!” Madisyn became a mentor because she wanted to help others transition to a new environment and be a friendly face in what can be a stressful time.
Natalie (she/her) is a junior and majoring in Real Estate. She transferred from the College of Lake County in 2019 as a sophomore. Natalie became a Transfer Peer Mentor because she enjoys helping students, especially since she was in their same shoes not that long ago. She also thinks it important for transfer students to be supported as much as incoming freshmen. In addition to being a Transfer Peer Mentor, Natalie is also an Orientation Leader and a STARS Peer Mentor. A fun fact about Natalie is that she is really into geography and enjoys memorizing state and country capitals!
Madeline (she/her) came to DePaul from the University of Kansas. She is majoring in Communications and Media Studies with a minor in Psychology. In her free time, she loves spending time on the lake front and attending concerts. She also works as a barista and a nanny from time to time. When asked about why she became mentor, Madeline says, “I mentor because I understand how overwhelming the transfer process can be. I enjoy helping others and being able to guide students through their time at DePaul.”
Parvathy (she/her) goes by Parv and originally hails from Darien, IL. She transferred to DePaul from Elmhurst University and is studying User Experience Design. Parv loves to hang out with friends, listen to music, visit small coffee shops, and explore new places in her spare time. Her favorite thing about DePaul is that it is not like a traditional college environment, and the campus feels welcoming to all students. When asked about why she became a mentor, she says, “The reason I wanted to become a mentor was that I wanted to help other transfer students tackle any problems they may face while trying to settle in. I want to be able to take what I learned in my experience and share tips and tricks that worked for me. Ultimately, helping find everyone's place at DePaul is what I hope to gain from this experience.”
Madi (she/her) is a Public Relations major and originally transferred from The University of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her sorority sisters, playing with her dog, Lola, visiting coffee shops, and going on walks. When asked about why she is a mentor, Madi says, “I transferred during a very difficult time, so adjusting to a new school along with everything else was hard! However, I found myself a support system that helped me through it. Since I am so grateful for those who helped me find my place, I want to be able to help others, as well!”
Justin (he/him) is a senior, studying Information Systems in the College of Computing & Digital Media. He came to DePaul in the fall of 2019, after transferring from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Justin decided to be a transfer peer mentor because he wanted to help transfer students have an easier transition into DePaul. In his free time, Justin likes to go on bike rides along Lake Michigan as well as staying in and watching a movie.