Smooth Transitions

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  • 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. 

    How Do I Sign Up?

    Registration for Smooth Transitions starts in June. 

    Who Can Participate and What Will We Do?

    Anyone can participate in Smooth Transitions. If you are an incoming new, transfer or commuter student for the upcoming academic year, then you are invited to attend. Students who come to Smooth Transitions will participate in educational, social and cultural programming that will aid in their transition from high school to college, as well as enhance their first-year experience. Incoming students will learn about strategies and resources designed to assist with their academic success, campus engagement and leadership skills. Over the course of the three days, students will be introduced to faculty, staff, students and alumni committed to assisting with their journey toward academic success during the first year of college and beyond. The cost for food and lodging will be covered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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    • What is a Peer Mentor?

      Peer Mentors are upper-class students selected and trained to provide support to first-year students. Peer Mentors are available to assist with campus adjustment through one-on-one meetings, electronic communication (e.g., email, texting and Facebook), on-campus programming and planning and facilitating Smooth Transitions activities throughout the year.
    • Kailee Aston
      Pscyhology [Class of 2016]
      North Canton, OH

      Smooth 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 Baccus
      Leadership and Management with African American Studies minor [Class of 2016]
      Columbus, OH

      The 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 Catoe
      Psychology and Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy [Class of 2016]
      Frederick MD

      I 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 Council
      Criminology, Sociology, and Psychology major [Class of 2016]
      Romulus, MI

      I want to help the new students learn how to relax and enjoy the college experience.

      Cristina Cross
      Integrated Mathematics /Coaching minor [Class of 2015]
      Marysville, Ohio

      I’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 Cummings
      Social 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 Depehart
      Public Relations with Marketing minor [Class of 2016]
      Denver, Colorado

      I 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 Easley
      Music Technology [Class of 2015]
      Columbus, OH

      As 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 Grandison
      Biology Pre Occupational Therapy [Class of 2016]
      Columbus, OH

      I 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 Jackson
      Political Science & Psychology with Sociology Minor [Class of 2014]
      Cleveland, OH

      To make an impact and create a universal cycle of obligation, the obligation of helping others!

      Amanda Parsley
      Social Work [Class of 2014]
      Dayton, OH

      I 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 Soto
      Psychology and Criminology major [Class of 2015]
      Columbus Ohio

      I 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 Velazquez
      Political Science/Creative Writing Minor [Class of 2015]
      Detroit, MI

      I 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 White
      Public Relations Major, Organizational Communications Minor [Class of 2014]
      Columbus, OH

      I 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 Wilbert
      Nursing 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 Wiley
      Communications and Criminology
      Columbus, OH

      I 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 Wilson
      Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) Psychology Minor [Class of 2015]
      Columbus, OH

      This 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 Wungsirivesh
      Accounting Major/International Business Minor [Class of 2015]
      Columbus, Ohio

      I 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.