Illini Transfer Ambassadors

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Illini Transfer Ambassadors (ITA’s) serve and work to support and facilitate the New Transfer Student Experience as outlined by the New Student Programs professional staff. Illini Transfer Ambassadors will work in creating, assisting, implementing, and evaluating events to help new transfer students make a smooth transition from their previous institutions to life at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Illini Transfer Ambassadors (ITA's) are Transfer Students at Illinois, just like you! They all have unique journeys on their roadmap to success at Illinois. They are very excited to assist you in your new journey at Illinois.

2016 Illini Transfer Ambassadors

Hiro Aria

Hiro Arai

  • Hometown: Kobe, Japan
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Economics
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Konan University (Japan)
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Illini Union
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Know the bus system as soon as possible so that you can use the bus system efficiently and don’t have to waste your time walking class to class.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has a great diversity of people with different cultural backgrounds, interests, and experience, which contrasted from my academic life in Japan.
Jena Bartodziej

Jena Bartodziej

  • Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Psychology
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Loyola University – Chicago and Harper College (one semester each)
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Espresso Royale!
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Get involved! Get out of your comfort zone and join clubs, sports, Greek life, etc. Find a way to become a part of the University.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: Top notch academic coupled with a welcoming environment (and a great marching band!)
Shao Wen (Amy) Chen

Shao Wen (Amy) Chen

  • Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Atmospheric Sciences
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: College of DuPage
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Grainger Engineering Library
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Step outside your comfort zone! It might be terrifying but, open yourself to new opportunities and join clubs and organizations!
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: Big research school with top atmospheric sciences undergraduate program and wonderful faculty!
Molly Cline

Molly Cline

  • Hometown: Wheaton, IL
  • Major & College: College of Media – Journalism
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: University of Kansas
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Grainger
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Make sure to get involved really early on. Join a club.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I picked UIUC because my entire extended family went here, so I always loved it and wanted to keep up the tradition.
Megan Dwyer

Megan Dwyer

  • Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Psychology, concentration Behavioral/Neuroscience
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: College of DuPage
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Illini Union Tech Center or Psych Atrium
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Get involved in your college in any way possible from clubs, honors societies, research, and in doing this, you will make connections.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I picked UIUC because it was my dream school and one of the best in my field of study.
Joe Kenny

Joe Kenny

  • Hometown: Lisle, IL
  • Major & College: College of Applied Health Sciences – Community Health
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Miami University (Miami of Ohio)
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: My favorite place to study is Lincoln Hall.
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Join on-campus organizations that support the causes you’re passionate about.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I picked UIUC because of the diverse student population, excellent academic reputation, and the numerous opportunities to get involved on campus.
Mike Lang

Mike Lang

  • Hometown: Evanston, IL
  • Major & College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Communications
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Northern Illinois University
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: UGL or the Quad
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Don’t be afraid to get out and try new things and meet new people. There are 40,000 students at this university and none of them are the same.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I picked UIUC because it is one of the best universities in the nation. I came here with the hope of personal development and new experiences.
Eric Michelson

Eric Michelson

  • Hometown: Batavia, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Spanish (Pre-PT)
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: The ARC.
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Get involved in as many clubs/activities as possible and try to meet as many new people as you can.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: It’s a very traditional, social school. Everything you expect college to be.
Mecca Muhammad

Mecca Muhammad

  • Hometown: Champaign, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Global Studies
  • Year in School: Sophomore
  • Former Institution: Parkland College
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: The Undergraduate Library
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Step outside your comfort zone!
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: The Global Studies department welcomed me with open arms. I felt comfortable on campus.
Dan Reeter

Dan Reeter

  • Hometown: Downers Grove, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Actuarial Science
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: College of DuPage
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Altgeld Hall
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Don’t spread yourself too thin!
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: UIUC has a great program for my field of study, but I have loved the campus since my first visit during my older brother’s time here. I also really wanted to be a part of the Marching Illini!
Shahbaz Syed (Mohammad)

Shahbaz Syed (Mohammad)

  • Hometown: Lincolnwood, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: The Ikenberry Commons/Grainger Library
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Keep your schoolwork top priority – it’s always great to have fun, but don’t forget why you transferred. And don’t forget to join as many clubs/RSO’s as you can!
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: To pursue a major more specific in the wide field of Biology, and join a school overflowing with school spirit.
Alex Vignettes

Alex Vignettes

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Psychology
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Wilbur Wright College
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Undergraduate Library
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Don’t worry about being overwhelmed, you have a lot of resources available here at UIUC and people that want to help you.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: UIUC is a great school for psychology.
Lily Villa

Lily Villa

  • Hometown: West Chicago, IL
  • Major & College: College of Media – Advertising
  • Year in School: Senior
  • Former Institution: College of DuPage
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Illini Union & ACES Library
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Don’t be scared! You got into UIUC because you are a great student, so fulfill all your potential, and take advantage of everything the University has to offer you.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I had always wanted to go to a college with a large campus and lively atmosphere, and I didn’t think I should give that up just because I didn’t come here after high school.
Nico Wagner

Nico Wagner

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Psychology
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Sarah Lawrence College
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: Main Library
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Be proactive!
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I picked UIUC because I wanted to be closer to home and for the highly ranked academics!
Sara Wegner

Sara Wegner

  • Hometown: McHenry, IL
  • Major & College: College of LAS – Psychology, Leadership Studies Minor
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: McHenry County College
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: UGL or my apartment room
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Do not be afraid to be yourselves and explore every opportunity you come across. Take classes you want to take and don’t be afraid to say "hello" to someone.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: The atmosphere just felt right, I wanted to be at a big school and be a part of something bigger than myself.
Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major & College: College of Social Work – Social Work
  • Year in School: Junior
  • Former Institution: Richard J. Daley College
  • Favorite Place to Hangout/Study: The Ike
  • Best Advice for New Transfer Students: Get involved with RSO’s and find a trusting support system.
  • Why You Picked the University of Illinois: I picked UIUC for the many opportunities to get involved on campus, the social atmosphere and the amazing social work program.
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