Transition Specialists

Helping new students navigate the transition to college. 

Resource Overview

As a new student, your transition to life at UB might bring new challenges for you to navigate in an unfamiliar environment. When you're not sure where to start, Transition Specialists are great option. Connect with these caring professionals for additional coaching, connection or referral to important resources at UB or skill-building for college success. 

Contact a Transition Specialist

Email us with questions or to set up a time to meet.

Meet the Specialists

Chrissy Daniel

Chrissy Daniel.

My first year of college started with many goals and few plans. I soon realized it would take some work on my part to figure out how to accomplish what mattered to me, like: making new friends, finding a major I love, and how to “do” college. I changed my major early on, reluctantly went to a residence hall program and made connections that lasted through college (thanks, RA Lindsay!), and found the experience I wanted outside the classroom through clubs and campus jobs. I look forward to connecting with you to help you make UB your new home.

Matt Ardila-Weigand

Matt Ardila-Weigand.

My first year of college started with a few hesitant and uncomfortable weeks, until I realized that my experience was going to be as good (or as bad) as I made it. While it's different for everybody, for me that meant trying out a few student clubs, talking to my advisor about undergraduate research opportunities, and learning as much as possible from the classes I enjoyed the most.  I can’t wait to meet you and talk about what you’re hoping for out of your time at UB — and how we can help make sure you achieve that.

Val Luutran

Val Luutran.

My first year of college started with a plan to get involved. From various clubs to an on-campus job, I wanted to dive in and make as many connections as possible. I quickly realized that I also needed to learn how to manage my time if I wanted to balance the two things that were the most important to me: my involvement and my academics. For me, this meant planning out my assignments early on and knowing when to ask for help. I am excited to meet you and learn more about how we can help you find what matters most to you at UB.

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
112 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6125