Peer Support

Academic Success Coaches are peer advisors trained to assist with time management, study habits, social interaction, and more. Our coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and majors, but they all share the same goal: help their fellow students succeed at Michigan Tech.

Meet the Academic Success Coaches

Kristina Rushlau

Kristina Rushlau

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Year: Third
Major: Environmental engineering
Interests: Swim club, Engineers without Borders, biking, hiking, and reading

I love the outdoors and I love to explore. I also really enjoy helping others. This summer I spent some of my time building units to clean water in developing countries. I’m eager to use my skills to help fellow students at Michigan Tech.

Benjamin Veltman

Benjamin Veltman

Hometown: Clarksville, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering
Interests: Electronics, Robotics, Computers, Miniature Painting/Games, Tabletop Games, Snowboarding

I came to Michigan Tech because when I was looking at all of the different engineering schools in Michigan I fell in love with the people, location, and program here. I have very much enjoyed my time at Michigan Tech and I've already seen the fruits of all of my hard work in many areas of my life.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
Year: Third
Major: Sound Design
Interests: Music, Recording, Above the Bridge Records, WMTU, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Fitness, Nutrition, Basketball, Billiards

If someone had told me I’d be going to college in the UP, I would have wondered with a blank stare, “There are colleges up there?” Despite my ignorance, studying at Michigan Tech has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Every day I get to learn alongside highly motivated and driven people who love to give back. After taking some time to understand the ins and outs of how to succeed up here, it’s finally my turn to share the knowledge. I’ve always enjoyed helping others to achieve their goals anyway, what better place to do it than Michigan Tech? 

Roshni Sachar

Roshni Sachar

Hometown: New Delhi, India
Year: Fourth
Major: Environmental Engineering
Interests: Reading, Equestrian Sports, Hiking, Dancing, Traveling and Exploring new places

As an international student, I’ve had my share of ups and downs adjusting to Michigan Tech and the American culture during my freshman year. Helping people has always given me immense joy and satisfaction and I think being an academic success coach is a great avenue for me to help and coach other students in their transition to college, career, and life.

Steven Buda

Steven Buda

Hometown: Freeland, MI
Year: Fifth
Major: Management Information Systems
Interests:  Traveling, Fitness, Reading, Music, Sports

After visiting Michigan Tech I fell in love with the university and the community.  Each year here I am finding more opportunities to challenge myself.  I want to teach students time management skills and how to get involved and make the most of their time here at Tech.

Zachary Bedell

Zachary Bedell

Hometown: Brighton, MI
Year: Third
Major: Finance
Interests: Movies, Reading, Sports, Hiking/Exploring, Traveling, Learning new things

I transferred to Michigan Tech from another school to join the finance program. My first year I had a fantastic mentor who inspired me in turn to help others. I really enjoy helping other people succeed and making a difference in a person’s life.