Success Coaches

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 Success Coaches

Riley Andersen

Riley Andersen

Hometown:  St. Charles, IL
Year: Fifth
Major: Chemical Engineering
Interests: Exploring the UP with my cat, Marlin!
My Experience at Michigan Tech:  Since the day I stepped foot on this campus, I have been embraced with community.  From smiling stranger to friendly faces, Michigan Tech wants you to feel like you have an impactful role as a student on this campus and within the Keweenaw.

Molly Baerman

Molly Baerman

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Electrical Engineering with a Power Concentration
Minor: French
Interests: Hiking, cooking, movies, and lighthouses.
My Experience at Michigan Tech:  My experience at Michigan Tech has allowed me to grow and learn so much!  A highlight from my MTU experience are the communities I have been able to be a part of.  Each one of them gave me unique opportunities and valuable experiences.  A piece of advice I would give to current and future students would be to connect with others and explore.  There are communities, resources, and opportunities for everyone!

Ezra Cotter

Ezra Cotter

Hometown: McBain, MI
Year: Fifth
Major: Physics/Social Science - Law and Society
Minor: Business
Interests: Mountain biking, gardening, cooking, skiing, reading, blogging, listening to podcasts, and going on walks.
How has your Michigan Tech experience been?  I came to Michigan Tech as part of a very rash decision with very little information and I haven't regretted it for a second.  Houghton and Michigan Tech's campus have come to feel like a home to me and I couldn't be more pleased with my decision.

Natalie Howard

Natalie Howard

Hometown:  Kalamazoo, MI
Year:  Second
Major:  Applied Ecology and Environmental Science
InterestsHiking, Kayaking, Tennis, and Jigsaw Puzzles!

Tech Experience:   I am involved with the Wahtera Center, Tennis Club, and Mind Trekkers!  My experience at Michigan Tech has taught me that winter sports can be fun, and it is okay to seek help if you need it!

Amelia Kramer

Amelia Kramer

Hometown: Pinckney, MI
Year:  Third
Major:  Chemical Engineering
Interests:  Hiking, seeing waterfalls, national parks, reading. psychology, podcasts.

My experience at Michigan Tech:  I ended up at Tech because I fell in love with the campus and surrounding Keweenaw area.  It has been a great choice and I have experienced so many cool things ups here that I would never get to see or do anywhere else!  I have found community, knowledge, and an expanded love for the outdoors.

Audrey Levanen

Audrey Levanen

Hometown: Hancock, MI
Year:  Third
Major:  Mechanical Engineering
Minor:  Medical Devices & Instrumentation
Interests:  Coffee, exploring historical sites, hiking, paddle sports, cross-country skiing, agate hunting, adventuring, hammocking, and reading.

My experience at Michigan Tech:  It's hard for me to walk across campus without smiling; I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Michigan Tech.  Pavlis Honors College and the Society of Women Engineers have provided me with numerous opportunities for networking , personal growth, meeting new people and making new friends.  I've learned to reach out and ask for help, healthily manage stress, and find a balance between school, work, and life.  As a coach, I'm excited to pay forward everything this community has given me to help me succeed.

Elisabeth Mattson

Elisabeth Mattson

Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Year: Third
Major: Finance
Interests:  Working out, hiking, cooking, camping, board games, music, and sunsets.

My experience at Michigan Tech:  During my first visit at Michigan Tech, I fell in love with the campus (even with the -20 windchill) and its strong community.  Since being here, I have enjoyed getting involved with different business organizations, the Pavlis Honors College, the Wahtera Center, and the Small Business Development Center hosted here at Michigan Tech.  There is a high level of support between all the students and the faculty, which is a great motivator every day!

Austin McFarlane

Austin McFarlane

Hometown:  Detroit, MI
Year:  Second
Major:  Computer Engineering
InterestsCooking, eating, listening to music, KDramas and Anime, watching Hulu.

I think about my time here at Tech.  I think of how I ended up here and how it must be fate that I'm here.  Tech has truly been amazing for me and it has given me the opportunity to explore myself and find my true self.  The community here at Tech is so supportive and always willing to help and that is what has kept me here.  Through organizations such as The Society of African American Men and Black Student Association, as well as being able to be a presenter on Virtual Preview Day, I've had the opportunity to grow as a leader and as a person and that wouldn't be possible without the support system that I've formed at Tech.  I hope that through the platform that I've been given that I can help and support as many as I can here at Tech.

Anderson Piercey

Anderson Piercey

Hometown:  Shelby Township, MI
Year:  Fourth
Major:  Psychology
Interests:  Hiking, photography, reading, creative writing, and playing broomball.

My experience at Michigan Tech:  I've been here four amazing years, and there's really no place I'd rather be than the Copper Country.  The people are friendly and the culture is amazing.  It's truly a one-of-a-kind experience to be in a college town but know that nature and all its beauty is only a 10-minute drive away.  Getting to find myself and a major that fits me has been nothing short of a wonderful ride.  If you gave me a chance, I'd do it all over again - and I wouldn't change a single thing.

Max Pleyte

Max Pleyte

Hometown:  Williamston, MI
Year:  Fourth
Major:  Biomedical Engineering
InterestsRunning, Sports, Reading, Exploring the Keweenaw.

My experience at Michigan Tech:  This is my third year working for the Wahtera Center as a coach and as an OTL.  I also work for Residence Education and Housing Services as an Assistant Desk Coordinator at McNair Hall.  I am involved in Blue Key and Tau Beta Pi, as well as Biomedical orgs. like BMES.

Sophie Smit

Sophie Smit

Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI
Year:  Third
Major:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Concentration in Biology.
InterestsHiking, exploring, playing trombone, skiing, and pretending I can bike.

My experience at Michigan Tech:  My time at Tech has been marked by a lot of time adventuring in the Keweenaw.  When not exploring the great unknown, I participate in Cru and club soccer where I have found some amazing, goofy friends.

Conny Yang

Conny Yang

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Year: Third
Major: Environmental Engineering
Interests:  Cross country skiing, dirt bikes, hammocking, and cooking.

My experience at Michigan Tech: 10/10- I would highly recommend.  And this is coming from a city girl who grew up with a very "city-like" mindset.  Although it was a bit difficult at first to adapt and adjust to the small rural culture of the Midwest.  Today I am standing proudly as a Husky!.  Michigan Tech truly tests your perseverance a resilience as a student due to their tough love standards.  You will not only grow as a human but also create memorable experiences that you cannot experience at another college campus.