Transfer Peer Mentor: Isabelle Sanginario
I chose Brooklyn College for my transfer school because I like the community of people. Everyone is mostly from Brooklyn and I know a lot of people from my neighborhood and dance school that attend the school. I felt more at home at Brooklyn College. I was able to be more friends that I have common interests with. At Guttman, I was most of the time a loner an outcast, I kept to myself. I was more serious about my studies than my immature classmates who fooled around. I did make friends but not as close as the ones I made at Brooklyn College.
Brooklyn College campus is very different from Guttman Community College because it is an actual college campus. When I was transferring, I wanted a campus feel not having class in one building and another nine blocks away from each other. My major at Brooklyn College was originally was education but I saw the requirements. From the requirements, I knew this major will be too much for me so I switched majors to Children Youth Studies and minor in studio art to become an art therapist for children.
When I transferred to Brooklyn College in the winter January 2017, I only got lost finding my first class. I wrote the wrong room number down. I eventually found my class because I looked up what my professor looked like and saw her entering the classroom I also advocate for myself in class, if I need help, I talk to the professor before or after class. I always explained to my professor what my learning disability is and how to help me in the class or with assignments. I emailed them an example of my homework to make sure I do my assignments correctly. I joined a club called S.O.F.E.D.U.P. It is an acronym, student organization for everyone disability united for progress. It is a self-advocacy group to improvement accommodations in Brooklyn College. Like advocating fire safety and adding a bus stop for access a ride. I made friends in this club and I asked them advice if I needed help on finding a department or who I need to talk to or where find a place to study. At the end of my first semester, I was invited to join the new job Guttman Transfer Peer mentor position as the peer mentor for Brooklyn College.
My name is Isabelle Sanginario. I am from Brooklyn, New York. I am Italian, German, Irish, Filipino and Chinese. With all of these nationalities, I only speak English. My hobbies are reading books, writing fan-fictions, and drawing. I used to do dance classes. This past summer, I began yoga as exercise. I entered Guttman Community College in August 2013 and majored in Liberal Arts. I transferred to Brooklyn College in January 2017.
Transfer peer mentors assist students in transferring to a four-year college. My team and I lead the alumni transition touchpoints at the senior college. Touchpoint meetings are meetings on senior campuses to help and give advice to the new transfers. The five senior colleges that host touch point meetings are Baruch, Brooklyn, City Tech, Hunter and Lehman College. The students are also more serious about school. When I got this job offer, I got an opportunity to help students transfer from a
two-year college to a four-year college.
At the end of my first semester at Brooklyn College, Danny Ambrose asked me to join his new team, transfer peer mentor team. When I transferred to Brooklyn College in the winter January 2017, I got lost finding my first class. I wrote the wrong room number down. I also advocate for myself in class, if I need help, I talk to the professor before or after class. I joined a club, made friends and knew more people at Brooklyn College since I knew more people from my neighborhood. Brooklyn College is very different from Guttman Community College because it is an actual college campus. When I was transferring, I wanted a campus feel not having class in one building and another nine blocks away.
My major at Brooklyn College originally was education but I saw the requirements and I switched majors to Children Youth Studies and minor in studio art to become an art therapist for children.