Jessica Kim

Transfer student Representative

My mental health always interfered with my academic ability to the point where I almost didn’t graduate high school. Once I got diagnosed and received the resources I needed to handle difficult situations in my life, I was able to get my life back on track and eventually transferred to UCLA.

Going to UCLA was a dream that I never thought I would be able to achieve, but once I got to this campus, that dream was replaced with the reality of what being a transfer student is like at UCLA.

The difficulties I have faced as a transfer student with a mental illness have made me passionate about making change within the transfer community. I know what it feels like to not have the resources to properly succeed, and I know many of us in this community feel like we lack the tools needed to make the most out of our time on this campus. My experience as part of the Transfer Leadership Coalition and the Office of the President have exposed me to the pressing issues that transfers face and have motivated me to make long-term change at UCLA. I want to empower transfers by improving access to resources, increasing housing options, creating leadership opportunities, and connecting transfers to the rest of the student body.

I believe all transfers have the capacity to succeed on this campus. That is why I, Jessica Kim, am running to be your next Transfer Student Representative; together, we will make long-term change.