Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Success Coaches

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 Success Coaches

Molly Baerman

Molly Baerman

Hometown: Metro Detroit, MI
Year: Third
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: French
Interests: Student Government and Leadership, movies, and baking.
Once I stepped on campus, I knew that this is where I wanted to be.  Throughout my time here, I have met amazing people, had endless opportunities, and grown as an individual while pursuing my interests.  Tech has provided me the support, resources, and tools for me to pursue my degree as well as different employment opportunities, like Academic Success Coaching and being a part of Orientation as an Orientation Team Leader.  I am currently working for the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success.  Involved in Student Government, as well as a Pavlis Honors College Student.  Tech has  allowed me to surround myself with endless possibilities, new people, and a variety of communities where anyone can belong.

Payton Bainbridge

Peyton Bainbridge

Hometown: Clinton Township, MI
Year: Third
Major: Chemistry
Interests: Video games, international foods, language studies (Spanish, Korean), Mountain Biking, ACS

My experience at Michigan Tech thus far has been a rollercoaster ride, but I would not want to do it anywhere else.  Tech offers the best adventures and a fun and diverse learning environment.  My first year was growth, from switching majors before stepping onto campus, to being thrown into a new environment, and being 9 hours away from home.  It is the best crazy smart life!  Joining clubs like ACS has made an amazing community of friends and colleagues.  The Waino Wahtera Center has helped me grow into a successful student my first year and my love for helping people has brought me here to the Success Center to help all the Huskies I can!

Abbie Bethune

Abbie Bethune

Hometown:  Saginaw, MI
Year:  Second
Major:  Civil Engineering
Interests/Organizations:  I am interested in anything outdoors!  I love running, hiking, skiing, playing broomball, etc.  I am also constantly listening to music and searching for new songs.

Since being at Michigan Tech, I have always felt a sense of community with everyone around me.  I think it is such a unique school to go to because everyone I have met has always been eager to meet new people and help one another out.  I have always felt surrounded by a great support network due to this, and it gives me such pride in being a Husky!

Chris Bousho

Chris Bousho

Hometown: Troy, MI
Year: Fifth
Major: Electrical Engineering
Interests: Hobby Electronics, 3D printing, video games, board games, chess, guitar .

I absolutely love my life at school here.  The community is filled with wonderful people, the landscape is beautiful, and I'm blessed with the opportunity to learn about things I am passionate about.

Ezra Cotter

Ezra Cotter

Hometown: McBain, MI
Year: Fourth
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.

Maria Francisco

Maria Francisco

Hometown:  Cadillac, MI
Year:  Fourth
Major:  Finance
Interests:  Cooking, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with friends, listening to music.

My experience at Tech has been something that is always going to have a huge influence on my life.  The strong sense of community has helped me grow as a leader and given me the motivation to succeed.  I have been able to get very involved on campus with my positions in the Wahtera Center, the Admissions Office, and being actively involved in my sorority, MUB Board, the Women's Leadership Council, and the Finance Club.  I have had such an amazing support system that other member of this community may need.  There is always something new to do or somewhere new to explore in the area and it's made for such a great Michigan Tech experience.

Audrey Levanen

Audrey Levanen

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

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.

Siddhesh Mahadeshwar

Siddhesh Mahadeshwar

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Year: Second
Major: Computer Science
Minor:  French
Interests:  Varsity Men's Tennis Team, watching movies, spending time with friends, working out, traveling, enjoying multicultural cuisines, visiting beaches.

My Tech experience, so far, has been unforgettable and priceless to say the least.  The atmosphere and the environment not only inspire me to work harder every day, but also motivate me to reach for more excellence all the time.  One of the most wonderful things about Tech, in my opinion, is the fact that you can find help for practically anything and people will always be willing to go out of their way to help you out.  Last, but not least, the students and faculty are extremely driven and being surrounded by such personalities has been a key factor in my personal and professional development and I am eager for things to continue this way.

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.

Jessica Paling

Jessica Paling

Hometown:  Sandusky, MI
Year:  Fifth
Major:  Biological Sciences, Pre-Professional Concentration
InterestsHiking, Kayaking, Camping, Snowshoeing, Crocheting, Playing saxophone and spending time at St. Al's

Tech Experience:  At first thought, college really intimidated me but once I started making new friends and really dove into my coursework, I discovered a new home at Tech.  From my friends to the staff and faculty, I was able to look for help when I needed and become successful.  I love to learn about leadership, to practice my own leadership skills and I discovered a number of resources around campus that allow me to develop these skills.  I am also a super caring person which is why I love to volunteer and help others in anyway that I possibly can.  I hope to share my knowledge and experience to help other students become successful.

Max Pleyte

Max Pleyte

Hometown:  Williamston, MI
Year:  Third
Major:  Biomedical Engineering
InterestsSports, Exploring the Keweenaw, Reading, Listening to Music.

Being at Michigan Tech has been an amazing experience throughout my time here.  I still remember the moment I stepped on campus for the first time as a high school senior and I knew it was the place for me.  The community here has been welcoming every step of the way and you can truly find any kind of help if you look for it.  Take advantage of all that the Keweenaw has to offer, and all that Michigan Tech has in place to support you!

Karl Schneider

Karl Schneider

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Interests:  Music, art, literature, cinema, fitness, cooking

I really love this school.  I've had my share of trials and tribulations in the past few years, and I'm very thankful for the community on this campus.  Thanks to the peers and mentors I've met here, I've been able to recover from hardships and achieve personal growth.  As a coach, peer and part of the community, I'd like to help others succeed as I have!

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Hometown: Linden, MI
Year: Fifth
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Interests:  Going on adventures in the Keweenaw with my fraternity brothers from Delta Upsilon, snowmobiling all over the Keweenaw and snowboarding on Ripley during our Snow-ton (Houghton but with snow) winters, and stunting and cheering with the cheer team at  and basketball games.

My Michigan Tech experience has been full of incredible friends from Greek life and the cheer team, amazing memories of adventuring and playing broomball and so many other things, and essentially finding my second home here at our little slice of paradise at the edge of the world.  I am SO excited that it isn't over yet!