Meet Sylvia


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Previous Institutions
Western New England University - Springfield, MA

Manchester Community College - Manchester, CT (GAP Program)

Human Development and Family Sciences


  • Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center METAS Mentor
  • UConn Recovery Ally

How can students contact you?

Students can contact me by completing this form. Feel free to ask me any questions about my experiences as a transfer student at UConn!


Tell us about yourself. 

Hello! I am a commuter student from Cromwell, CT. My family is from Puerto Rico, though I was born here in the US. My academic journey is non-traditional. I began my journey in 2009 at Western New England University. Unfortunately, I encountered various obstacles that made continuing my education difficult. Never giving up, I continued my journey at Manchester Community College, where I was accepted into the Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP). The GAP program allowed me to obtain an A.A. at MCC, while guaranteeing my future admission to UConn! I transferred to the Storrs campus in the Fall of 2021 as a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. I hope to use this degree to improve Connecticut’s policies in Early Childhood Education.

When I am not at school, I am a mom of two awesome girls and wife to a supportive husband. We love to explore attractions in the New England area. Our favorite place to visit is Cape Cod.


What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Student Union, especially during the holidays. Sitting under the giant Christmas tree really brought the holidays to life on campus. The Student Union is the perfect spot to study, without feeling too quiet. It’s also a great place to collaborate with fellow students.


What do you love most about being a UConn student?

What I love most about being a UConn student is that your voice on campus matters…your ideas matter. Faculty members are excited to hear stories of your individual academic journey and they genuinely want to support you in any way they can. It always amazes me how many professors even know my name! The community support at UConn is one of a kind.


What is your best advice for a UConn transfer student?

Transferring to a big university may feel like everyone has already made connections when you’ve only just begun. My advice is to not be afraid to say “hi." Attending the various involvement fairs on campus has provided me with opportunities to introduce myself and see the kinds of connections available to me. When you do find a connection to either an organization or even a professor, follow-up with an email summarizing your conversation. Soon enough, it will feel like you have always been a part of the UConn family.

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