Tessa Senel Class of 2021

Tessa Senel

I transferred to Juniata after attending a community college in New Jersey, where I received my associate’s degree. As soon as I visited Juniata’s campus, I realized that the close-knit community, friendly environment, the inclusivity, and the experiential learning opportunities at the College made it the perfect fit for me. While at Juniata, I tried to get involved with as many opportunities as I could. I decided to join the Mock Trial team, I became Vice President of Student Government, I worked as a Residential Assistant, a tour guide, and I even joined the rock climbing club. Not only are there a ton of activities to do on campus, but I even stayed busy by exploring the different hiking trails around Juniata’s campus and interacting with the community by supporting our local businesses. 

Have questions about the transfer student experience? If so, just ask! Please feel free to email me at SENELTV19@juniata.edu

Read other Transfer Student stories:

Erin Tansimore Laura Chiarella Lauren Ferretti
 Erin Tansimore '20


Activities: Tour Guide, Ultimate Frisbee, Eco-House, Yoga club, Rock-climbing club, Environmental Coalition

I transferred to Juniata as a sophomore after spending my freshman year at a huge urban university. I immediately fell in love with the close-knit community on campus and in Huntingdon. It feels amazing to be able to walk across campus and be greeted by countless peers and faculty members that you have easily formed close bonds with in classes, the dining hall, office hours, residence halls, and student clubs. I know that no matter what I need, academically, emotionally, or otherwise, my professors, teammates, and friends will always be there to support me.


Laura Chiarella '20

Activities: Art Alliance and Quidditch Club


I came into Juniata as a sophomore from a larger University. I chose Juniata because I wanted to be part of a community. People on campus are very welcoming and it was easy to make friends and connections. Some of the people I met the first day I was here are still my friends today. 

Everyone I met was genuine. They were all real and honest. My advisors were helpful and simplified the transfer credit process. I never felt alone during my transition to Juniata.

Lauren Ferretti '18

Activities: Women's Soccer Team 


I transferred to Juniata before my Junior year began. I was worried because juniors usually have their friend groups already, but I was welcomed with open arms, especially with the soccer team.

It was easy for me to make friends around campus. I met 27 great girls from the soccer team. Everyone kept asking me how my transition was, and made sure it was a smooth process. People were genuinely interested in how I was doing, and it made me feel like part of the community from the beginning.