David Walls

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Arts Administration | College of Visual and Performing Arts

Anticipated Graduation: May 2021

Pronouns: he/him/his

“I’ve been able to make connections with other students through Tau Sigma and other UNCG programs. These connections are important to me because they allow me to constantly work on my communication skills and learn new things.”

David Walls has kept to his plan.  With location and cost in mind, his college journey began at Central Piedmont Community College. From the start, he had every intention of transferring to a 4-year institution. Like many college students, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to study for his bachelor’s degree. His community college courses allowed him to explore options. Once he made a decision, he took the correct courses and considered which 4-year institution would best help him meet his academic goals. Ultimately, he chose UNC Greensboro for its small Arts Administration program which has allowed him to build connections with many of his professors and classmates. He has also been able to connect with multiple other art departments within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Outside of the classroom, David serves on the executive board of Tau Sigma National Transfer Honor Society where he networks with other transfer students and is mastering his communications skills.

Evelyn Bernal

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies: Concentration in Retail Consumer Studies | Bryan School of Business and Economics

Anticipated Graduation: May 2022

Pronouns: she/her/hers

“I chose to transfer schools because I wanted to get the college experience right after high school and I had felt like I was already missing out. In a way, I wanted to seek growth differently by having this change of lifestyle that I am currently loving due to how I look at UNCG as my home.”

Evelyn has found her home! After graduation, Evelyn went to Forsyth Technical Community College for a year because she was unsure where she wanted to go for her degree. However, after touring the CARS department at UNCG, she knew she had found her place. At UNCG she understands the importance of utilizing academic support resources on campus. She utilizes resources such as the Writing Center and University Libraries while also participating in student organizations. Now, as a Peer Academic Leader for the FYE 101: Succeed at the G course, she teaches new students about campus resources while supporting them with their academic and social transition into UNCG. Evelyn is very thankful for opportunities to get out of her comfort zone and make connections with staff, faculty, and her peers. She quotes Larisa Oleynik who says “College inspired me to think differently. It’s like no other time in your life.”

James Eades

Hometown: Summerfield, NC

Communication Studies | College of Arts and Sciences

Anticipated Graduation: December 2020

Pronouns: he/him/his

“I have had the chance to work closely with Dianne Welsh the founder and director of the Entrepreneurship program at UNCG, who’s connection may very well lead me on to the beginning steps of my professional career.” 

James is making great connections! He started out at Appalachian State University before transferring to GTCC to earn his associate’s degree, and now he is finishing strong at UNCG. James’ transfer experience has given him a unique perspective on higher education. His transition to UNCG was very smooth thanks to his FYE 101: Succeed at the G class and amazing instructors like Kathleen McGirty. The class opened his eyes to a lot of the resources UNCG has to offer that he would not have known about otherwise. Now, James is part of the CEO club, works closely with the Entrepreneurship Program, and studied abroad in Mannheim, Germany. All of these valuable experiences and connections have set him on the path towards a successful professional career.

Jasmin Faz

Hometown: Asheboro, NC

Kinesiology | School of Health and Human Sciences

Anticipated Graduation: May 2021

Pronouns: she/her/hers

“Connecting with other students who are also trying to achieve the same goal while managing other responsibilities of life is reassuring. I am there for them like they are there for me. Especially in these times, their encouragement to finish the year strong is helpful.”

Jasmin is using her resources! Transferring directly from a 2-year institution after receiving a full scholarship for her associate’s degree, Jasmin joined the UNCG community ready to get started on her major. She met her with her academic advisor to confirm her credits transferred and also utilized tutoring services to improve her exam grades. She has gained valuable professional experience by participating in four research studies! Jasmin currently serves as the president of Tau Sigma National Transfer Honor Society and has made many friends and connections who have helped her feel a sense of belonging on campus. She likes UNCG so much that she encouraged her brother to attend this year!