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Diversity and Inclusion /
Sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Smooth Transitions encourages all incoming students to participate in this three day pre-orientation program, designed to support the introduction, matriculation and retention of underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social environment at Capital University. Smooth Transitions begins three days before August new Student Orientation and extends throughout the academic year. Daily activities focus on utilizing campus resources, developing supportive networks, understanding academic expectations and encouraging involvement in campus activities and community service. The primary goal of Smooth Transitions is to assist students in building a strong relationship with Capital University.
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Kailee AstonPscyhology [Class of 2016]North Canton, OHSmooth Transitions was crucial to me during my first week of school. Without it I don't think that I would have adjusted as well to Capital as I did, so I wanted to be able to give the same experience I had to other students. Sena BaccusLeadership and Management with African American Studies minor [Class of 2016]Columbus, OHThe first year of college can be an exciting yet intimidating experience and I wanted to be a positive resource, role model, and support system for the incoming first-year students. Smooth Transitions, my mentors, and the MAO have had such a great impact on my time at Capital so far and I want to offer the same experience and community to new students. Becca CatoePsychology and Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy [Class of 2016] Frederick MDI know that the first year of college is really challenging and it would have been really hard for me if I didn't have older friends to help and guide me, so I want to be able to do the same for other students and help them have the best possible first year!Jordan CouncilCriminology, Sociology, and Psychology major [Class of 2016]Romulus, MII want to help the new students learn how to relax and enjoy the college experience. Cristina CrossIntegrated Mathematics /Coaching minor [Class of 2015]Marysville, OhioI’m pumped to be a peer mentor! I can’t wait to meet the new students and help them have a great Capital experience!
Kenisha CummingsSocial Work [Class of 2016]Gahanna, OH I wanted to be a peer mentor because Smooth Transitions helped connect me with the MAO office and I have found a great group of friends and support through the people I've met because of this.
Korina DepehartPublic Relations with Marketing minor [Class of 2016]Denver, ColoradoI wanted to be a peer mentor because some of my best memories from my first year occurred in Smooth Transitions. I met friends in the program that have helped me throughout the year. I feel like Smooth Transitions set me up to be the successful college student I have become.Corey EasleyMusic Technology [Class of 2015]Columbus, OHAs a maturing peer mentor, I would like to play a key role in the successful transition of new students towards university life. Also offer guidance, friendship, support and practical advice to a group of first year students. Arianna GrandisonBiology Pre Occupational Therapy [Class of 2016]Columbus, OHI know how nervous I was when I first came to Capital and I would love to help others ease into the new college life. It is insightful to learn about the campus from students who have already went through it, while gaining long time friends that will help keep you on track. Being a mentor means I can add more members to my family that I will learn with and get to success with.Jzinae JacksonPolitical Science & Psychology with Sociology Minor [Class of 2014] Cleveland, OHTo make an impact and create a universal cycle of obligation, the obligation of helping others! Amanda ParsleySocial Work [Class of 2014]Dayton, OHI know firsthand the value of this program. Smooth Transitions and the MAO let me know that they were there for me when I needed someone. They made me feel welcome in a place where I didn't know anyone. All the fun things really connected me to the other students and let me know no matter how different I was that I truly belonged. I feel that I can offer new students a lot by being a peer mentor. This isn't my first rodeo when it comes to coming to college, so I have some experience to back up the help I give. Also, I just love meeting new people and making new friends!Jazmin SotoPsychology and Criminology major [Class of 2015]Columbus OhioI wanted to be a peer mentor because going through Smooth Transitions my freshmen year helped me land on my feet. I was able to get help on school and social stuff from professors as well as students that had been in my situation. I met great friends through this and had a fun transition into college. The mentors I had are still great friends of mine and have remained to be students I look to as mentors. I want to be able to help freshmen and be the mentor and friend for them that I have. Emily VelazquezPolitical Science/Creative Writing Minor [Class of 2015]Detroit, MII was not a Smooth Transitions participant as an incoming first year but I became friends with people who did and was introduced to the Multicultural Affairs Office. There friendships I grew encouraged me to become a peer mentor. Malcolm WhitePublic Relations Major, Organizational Communications Minor [Class of 2014]Columbus, OHI wanted to give to the next generation of Capital Students what was given to me as I came in as a freshman: a great mentoring relationship with a peer who cares about them. Sémone WilbertNursing Major/ Psychology Minor [Class of 2015]Toledo, Ohio Through smooth Transitions I developed friendships that I still have to this day. I want to be a peer mentor to give back to the incoming class of Capital University and give them an amazing experience similar to the one that I had while I was in the program. I want to enlighten the incoming class on the endless possibilities Cap has to offer. Mercedes WileyCommunications and CriminologyColumbus, OHI wanted to be a peer mentor because I'm a commuter student and I want to be able to show others that you don't have to live on campus to be an involved successful and influential leader. Being a peer mentor not only gives me the opportunity to aid in the success of others in and outside of the classroom, but it forces me to step outside of myself and grow in many areas of my life.Brittaney WilsonExercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) Psychology Minor [Class of 2015]Columbus, OHThis program has given me lifelong friends and connections that I will forever cherish. I want every new incoming first year to get the same out of the program that I did and much more. Alina WungsiriveshAccounting Major/International Business Minor [Class of 2015]Columbus, OhioI wanted to be able to help incoming students transition into college life. I know how intimidating it may be from personal experience. I am a first generation student and I thought I would have to adjust to college on my own. During my incoming year, I participated in Smooth Transitions and it was a great experience. My mentors were great guides and I was able to learn a lot from them. I had such a great experience and got to meet so many people, I wanted to be able to part of helping others experience what I did and feel confident taking the first steps into college.