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
Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
Major: Biological Sciences, Secondary Education
Interests: Exploring outdoors, Greek Life, Making/Creating things, Reading, Sports
I came to Michigan Tech not really knowing what to expect. After three years, I've experienced challenges and successes, made great friends, gained confidence, and discovered a close-knit community of hardworking and giving people. My goal is to give students the resources and knowledge they need to make their own positive experience. I hope to help fellow students achieve their goals and balance all aspects of college life so they can make the most of their time here at Tech.
Hometown: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Interests: Spanish, Psychology, Travel, Leadership
The first time I visited Tech, I was worried about it being far away from family. A trip through the Keweenaw and three years later, I'm so happy that I made this place my home. MTU keeps you on your toes; my time here has been filled with challenge, though those challenges have been balanced with amazing experiences and opportunities I know I wouldn't have had anywhere else. I'm so excited to be an Academic Success Coach and hope that my time in the office will lead to success and opportunities for those that I interact with.
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Major: Environmental Engineering
Interests: Mind Trekkers, biking, hiking, and reading
I love the outdoors and I love to explore. I also really enjoy helping others. I’m eager to use my skills to help fellow students at Michigan Tech.
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Major: Mechanical Engineering
ExSEL Member: 2 Years
ExSEL Mentor: 2 Years
On Campus Involvement: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Intellectual Sisters (SIS), Orientation Team LEader (OTL), ExSEL and ExSEL Mentor
Why I chose to enroll in ExSEL: I was the first person in my immediate family to attend a 4-year college. I didn't know what to expect from a university, let alone one 10 hours away from home and based on engineering and I thought ExSEL would help me with the transition. It did!
Benefits I received from ExSEL: Knowing what to expect from my years as I pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering, gaining a lifelong friendship with my mentor and exploring the Upper Peninsula away from the college campus.
Hometown: Battle Creek, MI
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?
Juan Felipe Chica Toro
Hometown: Manizales, Colombia
Interests: Tennis, Music, Reading, Traveling, Cooking
As an international student, I was not sure what to expect of a different culture; however, Michigan Tech community inspired and supported me since my very beginning which made me feel like home. As a varsity athlete I have developed valuable skills which I would like to share with people in order to help them thrive and achieve their personal and professional goals
Hometown: Atlanta, Michigan
Major: Biological sciences - Pre-Vet
Interests: Outdoors, Wildlife, 90's Music, Cats, Watching Gilmore Girls Re-runs, Touring the Keweenaw, Coffee
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Interests: Reading, Swimming, Watching Netflix, Playing with cats
Coming to Michigan Tech has been one of the best choices in my life and there are so many new things to try each day. I had difficulty adjusting to the fast-paced lifestyle in my first semester here, but through the help and support of those around me I have been able to succeed. Working with others is one of the things I enjoy most and being able to share positive experiences or tips to help others succeed always fills me with great joy.
Hometown: Brighton, MI
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.
Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
Major: Medical Laboratory Science
Interests: Cooking, Baking, Music, Crafts/Creating things, Camping, Reading, Swimming
At first, I was unsure about coming to Michigan Tech because of the distance from home and both of my parents attended here. But as soon as I toured the campus as a senior in high school, I was sold. Choosing to study here has been one of the best decisions of my life. I am constantly challenged academically and I have learned so much in my time here. I am excited to help other students through my experiences and make their time at Michigan Tech the best it can be.
Hometown: Calumet, MI
Major: Sports and Fitness Management
Interests: Family Activities, Mountain Biking, X-Country Skiing, Music, Reading
In 2015, I came back to the Copper Country after many years away pursuing careers in the military and federal government. Since I have always been interested in sports and physical fitness, I found MTU’s sports and fitness management degree to be a perfect fit. To be honest, returning to school after being away for a while was a little daunting at first, but everyone at Michigan Tech from the faculty and staff to fellow students has been great and helped make my transition very smooth. Experience in working with many diverse peoples and cultures around the world has taught me that ‘people’ are the lifeblood of any organization. My greatest professional satisfaction has been working with people and helping them achieve organizational goals and personal growth. I look forward to helping others pursue their passion and chart a path for success at MTU.
Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria
Major: Software engineering
Interests: Music, Dancing, Photography, Coding/Programming, Soccer, Writing, Travelling
Being at Michigan these past few years has greatly impacted my life. The community here is amazing and the people are also really amazing. Since I have been up at Michigan Tech I have learned a lot about my major and about myself through working with people who are not only highly motivated but also genuinely care about you succeeding. Michigan Tech and the people at Tech have become my family, a family that keeps getting larger every single day.