Transition Specialists

Students participating in the New Student Orientation Picnic.

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.

Tommy Linares

Photo of Tommy Linares.

My first year of college felt like a long and joyful journey on its own. I knew I wanted to make the best of my experience by getting involved on campus, taking on leadership roles, and finding more direction in my academic career. I found myself discovering new strategies for academic success and more opportunities than I could handle, all while finding myself. As with any transition, there was a period of struggle and confusion, but ultimately, I saw this as an essential experience needed for my personal development. I was happy to find the resources I had on campus to help me work through them and use it to prepare me for the following years.

Meg Syrell

Photo of Meg Syrell.

My first year of college started with excitement, hesitation, and many changes of plans. Once I realized that I was not alone in feeling that way, I found that utilizing my resources on campus (especially my advisors and faculty) allowed me to make the best of my experiences. I changed my major, sought out club activities, and began my involvement with the wonderful international communities at UB and in Buffalo. I look forward to speaking with you about how to turn your hopes, fears, and goals into successes!

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112 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6125