On expanding our transfer program and a look at a premed internship

Alex Bustin ’08, senior associate dean of undergraduate admission, director of transfer, international, and military/veteran admission, joins host Vivian Slee to discuss the University’s announcement to grow its transfer population from 40 currently enrolled students to approximately 100. And from the archives, a conversation with one transfer undergraduate student, Beianka Tomlinson '24, on choosing Princeton and her internship experience as a premedical student.   

 

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About Alex Bustin '08

 

Alex Bustin is Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Director of Transfer, International, and Military/Veteran Admission at Princeton University. Originally from New Jersey, he grew up in Belgium before relocating back to his home state, and receiving his A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University, followed by his master of education from Harvard University. He has worked in Princeton's Office of Admission since 2009, and has served as primary coordinator of recruitment and admission for transfer and military/veteran students since 2016. He also oversaw the recent reinstatement of the transfer admission process at Princeton, which seeks to enroll students from lower-income backgrounds, U.S. military veterans and community college students. In addition to his professional work with veteran students, he is proud of the service members in his family, including his sister who served honorably in the US Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

About Beianka Tomlinson '24

 

Beianka Tomlinson moved from Jamaica to the United States three years ago and attended Union County College in New Jersey before transferring to Princeton. She plans to concentrate in chemistry and is also thinking about getting certificates in either African American Studies, Global Health and Health Policy, or Spanish. Her interests are mainly focused around providing access to a better quality of life for marginalized children and people of color. More specifically, she is passionate about helping lower-income, Black children receive the best education and the best healthcare options. As such, she is involved in advising underrepresented high school students on the college application process, and also participates in clinical research that aims to lessen racial healthcare disparities. This semester, she is a mentor in the Transfer Mentorship Program for new transfer students.


 

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About "Meet Princeton!"

 

Co-Hosts: Vivian Slee, senior assistant dean of admission, and Bryant Blount '08, assistant dean of undergraduate students and manager of strategic communications
Producers: Vivian Slee and Mary Buckley, associate dean, strategic communications, Office of Admission
Editor/Sound Engineer: Nick Donnoli, Orangebox Productions 
Sound Engineer: Molly Trueman '24
Logo Design: Esteban Aguas '19, admission officer

The theme music to our podcast was created by Molly Trueman '24. Molly plans on majoring in music with a potential certificate in Applications of Computing. Outside of class, she is part of Glee Club, Chamber Choir, and the Tigressions, a contemporary all-female a cappella group. While she has been practicing voice and piano since age six, within the past year—especially during quarantine—she has become more passionate about songwriting and music production, leading her to create music for this podcast.

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