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Transfer Mentors

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Webb University Center

If you transferred to ODU from another institution, you should consider connecting with a mentor or serving as one if you are a second year ODU transfer student!

  • Transfer mentors serve as a connecting link between mentees and academic/career opportunities on-/off-campus
  • Transfer mentors are peer leaders who model the academic, personal, and social qualities associated with college-level success
  • Transfer mentors act as a learning coach to assist mentees in developing successful academic and goal-setting behaviors
  • Transfer mentors serve as a trusted friend who can understand the transfer student experience at Old Dominion University

The peer mentor opportunity is a volunteer experience for students who want to help encourage, support, and guide students through their ODU experience with an emphasis on promoting collegiate-level academic success.

For more information about transfer student mentoring, contact transfercenters@odu.edu.


Transfer Student Mentors

Kianna Vrtiska

Year: Senior| Major: International Studies | Minor: Spanish

Hello my name is Kianna Vrtiska and I am a Junior majoring in International Studies with a Spanish minor. I am a transfer student myself, coming from Omaha, Nebraska! I am also the Public Affairs Officer for the SVA here on campus and a fellow member of Tau Sigma - The National Honor Society for Transfer Students. I grew up as a military kid, so I definitely understand what it's like being in a new city / state and especially a new university! If you ever need help, never hesitate to reach out!

Cyber Transfer Student Mentors

Specialized Cyber Transfer Mentoring program available to prospective and current cyber major students. These mentors offer one-on-one support to students interested in the major, discuss cyber certifications, transfer pathways, cyber student clubs, and internship opportunities assisting students with transition and degree completion.

Bailey Hurst

Year: Senior | Major: Cybersecurity

I'm Bailey Hurst, and I am a senior majoring in Cybersecurity with a minor in Criminal Justice at ODU.I transferred from Southwest Virginia Community College and almost received my Associates degree. I plan to graduate in the spring, and maybe head out west! Some of my hobbies include, binge watching Netflix shows, hanging out with friends, and spending time outside! ODU offers tons of resources for students, and the Student Success Center is a great place to start!

Tobi Olayinka

Year: Junior | Major: Cybersecurity

My name is Tobi Olayinka, I am a junior majoring in cybersecurity here at ODU I transferred her from NVCC where I received my associates degree in cyber security. The moment I came to ODU I became aware of all the opportunities that were right in front of me and I intend to take advantage of as many as I can, ODU being one of 21 schools in the country to receive a national center of academic excellence in cyber operations designations from the national security agency. I hope it will allow me to go further in my career and my academics. Some of the things I love to do is play football (soccer) table tennis and I love meeting new people. I would recommend ODU and that you check out all the amazing resources at the transfer center to Cybersecurity Student Association.