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

Kaitlin Kogut

Kaitlin Kogut

Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
Year: Fourth
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. 

Andrew Webb

Andrew Webb

Hometown: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Year: Fourth
Major: Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering
Interests:  Electronics, Computers, Running. Outdoors  

I came to Michigan Tech at first to pursue a degree in Computer Systems and Network Administration because it was one of the only schools that offered it. I am proud to say that I came to find who I really am here at Tech and changed my major to fit that person. I enjoy spending my free time outside, whether it be running or exploring what the Keweenaw has to offer. I have been an Academic Success Coach for a few semesters and would like to continue to help students achieve their goals. 

Kristina Rushlau

Kristina Rushlau

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Year: Fourth
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.

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? 

Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Year: Fourth
Major: Civil Engineering
Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, backpacking, camping, swimming, reading

I came to Michigan Tech unsure of what I would find in such a unique place. What I have found is a wonderful community that I now call home. One of the things I enjoy most about Michigan Tech are the people I have met throughout my time here. Huskies are an exceptional group of students dedicated to their educational and personal goals. I can’t wait to work with some of these individuals and guide them to success!

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.

Larissa Grundmanis

Larissa Grundmanis

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Year: Fourth
Major: Psychology
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.

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.

Suzannah Lenz

Suzannah Lenz

Hometown: Hastings, Michigan
Year: Second
Major: Chemical Engineering
Interests:  Reading, Writing, Camping, Hiking, Skiing and Snowshoeing, Traveling, Being Creative, Experiencing and learning new things

 Michigan Tech has truly become a home for me. I find myself learning and experiencing more each day. The students, faculty, and staff provide countless opportunities for fun, learning, and achieving your dreams. I enjoy Michigan Tech and know I am in the right place because it feels like home, the classes are interesting and provide a challenge, and the rewards for hard work are endless. I truly enjoy talking to, helping, and working with other Tech students. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and its endless beauty has always held a special place in my heart. The area is absolutely beautiful and filled with adventure. I look forward to the many fun times and experiences the U.P. and Michigan Tech has yet to offer! 

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.

Nathan Shaiyen

Nathan Shaiyen

Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria
Year: Third
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.