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.
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!”
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.
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.”
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.
Farheen (she/her) is a senior majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in Biological Sciences. In her free time, Farheen likes to go shopping, read fantasy novels, go on long runs, and spend time with my loved family/friends. After she graduates from DePaul, she plans on attending Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine’s PA program as part of its 'class of 2024' cohort to become a physician assistant. Farheen became a mentor for this program because she enjoys helping others tackle obstacles that she too has faced, while sharing the lessons, tips and tricks she’s learned along the way. She hopes to help students feel like DePaul is where they are meant to be.
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!
Leslye (she/her) is a senior studying Business Administration in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She originally received her Associates Degree from Harper College and came to DePaul after several years off from school. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and family, and paint. When asked about why she is a mentor, Leslye says, “I like to Mentor because throughout my life I have transferred to many schools and wished I had help especially when I moved to the U.S. Students sometimes are unaware of the many amazing resources DePaul has to offer, and as a Mentor we can connect you to those resources. I look forward to helping students make the most out of their time at DePaul.”
Jerold (he/him) is a senior studying Information Technology. He came to DePaul from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut but calls Chicago his hometown. His favorite thing about DePaul is that there are two separate campuses in both the Loop and Lincoln Park—and more people to meet! When asked about why he wanted to become a mentor, Jerold shared that he wants to give back and help other students reach success. “I want to let others know that there are people out there willing to extend a hand to help and that there is an ample amount of resources at DePaul to help you succeed.” In his free time, Jerold enjoys writing, listening to and working on music.
Mallika (she/her) hails from New Delhi, India and is currently working on her master’s in Business Analytics in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul. In her spare time, Mallika enjoys reading and participates in research part-time. Mallika became a mentor to help students take advantage of and leverage the many resources that DePaul has to offer. When asked about her favorite thing about DePaul, Mallika points to the career resources available through DePaul’s Career Center.